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About Sally Herigstad

Sally Herigstad is a certified public accountant and personal finance columnist and author of Help! I Can't Pay My Bills, Surviving a Financial Crisis (St. Martin's Griffin). She writes regularly at CreditCards.com, Bankrate.com, Interest.com, RedPlum, and MSN Money. She is an experienced speaker and a member of Toastmasters International. Follow Sally on Twitter.

Are political contributions tax deductible?

As this year’s presidential election season hums along, campaign contribution totals have well exceeded 800 million dollars – and they continue to rise. With this level of fundraising, one question is sure to come to mind – are political contributions tax deductible? The short answer? No.

Five Biggest Tax Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

How you handle your recordkeeping and taxes can make a big difference in your success as a small business owner. Make sure to avoid these common tax mistakes small business owners make:

How to Repay Federal Student Loans

Are you one of the 43 million Americans that need to repay federal student loans? With nearly $1.3 trillion in total student loan debt, Americans are often financially strapped by their student loans. And when it seems like those monthly payments are eating up most of your paycheck, the road to getting them paid off […]

3 Ways to Avoid a Gift Tax

If you give away generous sums of money to a friend or family member, you may be required to pay a gift tax to the IRS.  However, with a little planning, you can afford to be quite generous before you have to break out Form 709 to report the amount and be on the line […]

5 Things You Can Learn from Your Tax Return

If you already stashed away your tax return, you may want to dig it back out. There are a variety of things you can discover by reviewing each form and understanding the significant impact your taxes can have on your financial health. Now is a great time to take a second look at your return […]

Understanding the Difference between Itemized Deductions and the Standard Deduction

Itemized and standard deductions can be confusing – especially if you are relatively new to filing a tax return. Some people try to itemize when they are better off using the standard deduction. On the other hand, some taxpayers avoid itemizing because it seems too difficult — even when itemizing deductions could save them money. […]

Pros and Cons of Refinancing Your Home

The decision to refinance your home can be a tough one. Not only can the process of refinancing seem like a lot of work, it’s often hard to know who to trust as some lender’s advertised offers sound too good to be true. But, when mortgage rates are near historic lows, refinancing your home may […]

Self-Employed? Check Out These Retirement Plans

Being self-employed has its advantages. You don’t have a boss to tell you how many vacation days to take, or what retirement plans you have to choose from. On the other hand, you don’t have a boss to make you take your vacation time (or to pay for it), or to set up retirement plans […]