Solutions to Make Better Decisions with Your Taxes and Money

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.

3 Details to Not Overlook on Your Tax Return

You’ve prepared your return, and it’s ready to go. Or is it? Before you hit submit, save yourself some potential trouble later – or even some money on your tax bill – by double-checking these three important detail.

5 Tax Filing Tips to Beat the Deadline

Another year, another tax return. As we inch closer to the filing deadline, you may be scrambling to complete your return. While it is best to beat the deadline, it doesn’t pay to be in too big of a rush. If you miss something, you may pay more tax than you need to, or you may […]

4 Reasons You Should Have an IRA

Contributing to an Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) is an excellent way to grow your financial wealth over time. In fact, if you don’t have an IRA, you may be missing out.

6 Ways to Maximize Your 401(k) or IRA Plan Contributions

One of the best presents you can give yourself this year is to maximize contributions to your deductible or nondeductible retirement plan. Whether you’ve been contributing all year or have yet to start, here are a few tips to get the most from tax advantaged retirement plans.

4 Ways to Lower Your Taxes Before the New Year

It’s easy to only think of taxes during tax season. However, anyone who is financially savvy knows making changes throughout the year can give you the best chance to make a difference in your tax bill. With more than a quarter of the year left, now is a great time to make small adjustments that […]

Back to school: a tax break for teachers

Teachers are always on the hunt for creative ways to enhance their students’ learning experience. Unfortunately, tight school budgets stifle many of those efforts, and educators are often forced to dive into their own pockets to purchase materials. In fact, the recent average out-of-pocket spend for school teachers is around $500 with some reporting yearly totals in the […]

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 Big 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: