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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.

How to Fill out Form W-4 to Keep More Money in Your Pocket

How to Fill out Form W-4 - TaxACT Blog

One of the smartest things you can do for your personal finances is to make sure you are having the right amount of tax withheld from your paycheck. If you have too much withheld, as most Americans do, you’re not making the best use of your money. If you have too little withheld, you’ll face […]

You Still Have Time to Make Retirement Plan Contributions

Retirement Plan Contributions - TaxACT Blog

If you’ve been planning to put money into a retirement plan for 2014, but it hasn’t quite happened yet, take heart. You still have time. The most convenient way to make retirement plan contributions is throughout the year. If you can have retirement plan contributions deducted from your regular paycheck, it can be quite painless. […]

5 Tax Tips Every Parent Should Know

5 Tax Tips Every Parent Should Know - TaxACT Blog

When you’re a busy parent, time flies fast! If you can find time to check out a few tax tips, the money you save may be well worth your while. Take a look at these tax tips especially for the child-rearing years: Check your child’s Social Security number Children can mean substantial tax breaks, but […]

Working Millennials — Here’s What You Need to Know about Tax Planning

Complete Tax Planning Guide for Working Millennials - TaxACT Blog

Your twenties and thirties are an exciting time. Your career is taking shape, you may be purchasing a home. You may even be starting a side business or starting to invest. As you start to make more money, you may discover you’re also paying more taxes. It’s important to plan ahead, so you get all […]

Complete Tax Planning Guide for New Parents

Complete Tax Planning Guide for New Parents - TaxACT Blog

Having children changes everything – even your tax planning. Whether you’re a new parent or you’re in the busy middle years of raising kids, it’s important to understand tax issues so you can plan ahead. Here are some tax issues, from Adoption to Zoo memberships, which may affect you as a new parent:

How to Know Which IRS Tax Form to File — Form 1040, 1040EZ, or 1040A?

1040 Tax Forms— Which One Do You Need? — TaxACT

As an individual taxpayer, you can file your tax return with IRS Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ, depending on your tax situation. How do you know which form you should use? You can always use Form 1040, regardless of whether you qualify to use Form 1040A or 1040EZ. Forms 1040A and 1040EZ are just simplified, […]

Keep More Money in Your Pocket with the 2014 Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC)

2014 Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC) Guide — TaxACT

The 2014 Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC (also know as EIC), is a credit designed for lower income working individuals and families. It is intended as an additional reward for working, thus the words “earned income.” If you don’t have children, you must earn a relatively low income to qualify for the EITC. For […]

The Filing Extension Deadline Is Here—5 Tips for Finishing Your Return

The Filing Extension Deadline Is Here—5 Tips for Finishing Your Return - TaxACT

Way back in April, you hadn’t quite finished your income tax return. You filed for an automatic six-month extension of time, until October 15, to file your return. October is here – and perhaps your tax return is right where you left it, six months ago. No problem. With these tips, you should have no […]

Your Complete Guide to Filing Form 1041, U.S. Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts

Your Complete Guide to Filing Form 1041 - TaxACT

IRS Form 1041 is an income tax return for estates and trusts, similar to Form 1040 for individuals. If you are the executor for an estate, you may be required to file Form 1041 – U.S. Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts. Form 1041 must be filed for the person who died in addition […]

How the Advanced Premium Tax Credit Impacts 2014 Tax Returns

How the Advanced Premium Tax Credit Impacts 2014 Tax Returns - TaxACT

If you bought health insurance through a government-sponsored marketplace, you may be receiving a tax credit that helps pay for your health insurance premiums. Because the credit is directly sent to your insurance company to offset your premiums, you never see the cash. It would be easy to forget about the credit altogether. If nothing […]

5 Myths about Do-It-Yourself Tax Solutions Debunked

5 Myths about Do-It-Yourself Tax Solutions - TaxACT

Make this the year you start doing your own taxes! Using online tax solutions can save you money compared to a tax professional. It’s also a lot faster, easier and more accurate than preparing your taxes with paper, pencil, and a calculator. If you haven’t tried online tax software yet, check out these myths vs. […]

Are You Uninsured? Find Out If You Qualify for a Health Insurance Penalty Exemption

Are You Uninsured? Find Out If You Qualify for a Health Insurance Penalty Exemption - TaxACT

2014 is the first year that individuals in the U.S. may have to pay a penalty if they don’t have sufficient health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. If you have minimum essential coverage through your employer or that you’ve purchased on your own or through your state’s marketplace, you likely don’t need to worry […]

Answer These 6 Questions before You Co-Sign a Loan for a Family Member

Answer These 6 Questions before You Co-Sign a Loan for a Family Member - TaxACT

What’s the simplest answer to whether you should co-sign a loan for a family member? “No.” That’s what all too many co-signers wish they had said when they were asked to co-sign a loan, even for an adult child or a parent. Co-signing a loan does not always turn out badly, however. There are times […]