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Understand These Tax Breaks When Buying a Home

Tax Breaks for Homeownership - TaxACT

Buying a home can help lower your tax bill. In fact, tax breaks for homeownership are a primary motivation for many people to buy their own home. To make sure you get the maximum benefit from your home purchase, however, it’s important to understand the potential tax benefits. Keep these tax considerations in mind when […]

6 Do’s and Don’ts for an Energy-Efficient Home

Energy-Efficient Home - TaxACT

Fall is coming, and with it higher energy bills. You’re on the right track if you’re already thinking of ways you can save money this winter. Not all measures you can take to have an energy-efficient home are equal, however. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you get the most from your energy-saving […]

How a Summer Job Affects Your Taxes

How a Summer Job Affects Your Taxes - TaxACT

You had, or still have, a summer job – or you’ve created one for yourself. You’re going to make some spending money, hopefully save for college or other goals, and have some good experiences at the same time. Yay! Before you go out and celebrate with all the money you made from your summer job, […]

How Unemployment Affects Your Taxes

How Unemployment Affects Your Taxes - TaxACT

If you lose your job or otherwise become unemployed, one of the first things you should do is determine how your new financial situation affects your income taxes. Tweet this Take note of these areas that may change: Unemployment benefits are taxable Long ago, unemployment benefits were exempt from income tax. Unfortunately, that’s no longer […]

How Tax Brackets Work: Examples and Myth Busting

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What tax bracket are you in, and what does that really mean? Your tax bracket, roughly speaking, is the tax rate you pay on your highest dollar of taxable income. Your tax bracket is not the tax rate you pay on all of your income after adjustments, deductions and exemptions.

7 Personal Spending Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

7 Personal Spending Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them - TaxACT

When it comes to controlling spending, sometimes everything seems to be working against us. There are so many ways to spend money – and so many reasons it’s difficult not to. It’s possible to take control of your spending, however. Many people have done it. Take a look at these personal spending pitfalls and how […]

Is Cancelled Debt Taxable?

Is Cancelled Debt Taxable? - TaxACT

If a credit card company or other creditor cancels your debt, that’s really good news, right? Such cancellation of debt usually happens when the creditor gives up on collecting the debt, or when the statute of limitations on collecting the debt runs out. Cancellation of debt is not all positive news, however. Aside from the […]

6 Offbeat Ways to Retire Early

6 Offbeat Ways to Retire Early - TaxACT

If you really, really want to retire early, here are some ways to do it. In an ideal world, we’d all save money year after year until we had enough stashed away to maintain us in the style to which we have become accustomed. Then we’d retire, secure in the knowledge that we’re set for […]

Should College Savings Be in My Child’s Name?

Should College Savings Be in My Child's Name? - TaxACT

Should you save for your kids’ college education in your own accounts, or put college savings in each child’s name? Getting started saving for college can seem daunting. You have to decide how to save, how much to save, and how to invest. You may choose a tax-deferred plan or any other investment. Before you […]

11 Simple Gardening Tips That Will Save You Money

Gardening to Save Money - TaxACT

Food prices at the grocery store are higher than ever. If you’ve looked at the price of tomatoes and thought you could grow food for less money in your garden, you’re probably right. If you want to grow a garden that saves a significant amount of money, however, you have to plan ahead. Going into […]

10 Essential Tips to Successfully Merge Finances as a New Couple

10 Essential Tips to Successfully Merge Finances as a New Couple - TaxACT

What’s the best way to start handling finances as one household? Fifty years ago, merging finances may have seemed simpler. Most people got married younger, chances were higher that only one spouse worked, and divorce was less common. Now, when you become a couple, you’re more likely to work and have your own incomes. You […]