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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 […]

9 Ways to Use Your Tax Refund to Get Ahead

9 Ways to Use Your Tax Refund to Get Ahead - TaxACT

Your taxes are done, and let’s hope you’re getting a refund. Now the big question is: What’s the best use of your tax refund? Being the savvy money manager you are, you’re looking for ways that your tax windfall can help you get ahead. You may splurge a little, but you see this as a […]

Filed an Extension? What to Do Now

Filed an Extension? What to Do Now - TaxACT

April 15 has come and gone. If you didn’t quite finish your tax return, you should have filed Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File, to the IRS. This automatic extension gives you another six months to file your tax return – no questions asked. Your tax return is now due October […]

5 Last-Minute Tips for Beating the April 15 Tax Filing Deadline

5 Last-Minute Tips for Beating the April 15 Tax Filing Deadline

Ideally, we’d all keep perfect records all year long. By January 31, our tax documents would be in order and we’d start working on taxes with weeks or months to spare. In the real world, it doesn’t work that way. We get busy and next thing we know, we’re staring at the April 15 filing […]

7 Common Questions about Cost Basis

7 Common Questions about Cost Basis - TaxACT

What is cost basis, and how do you go about finding it? You’re making great progress on your tax return, when suddenly you need to enter something called a “cost basis” for an asset. If only that were as simple as remembering what you paid for the asset. Here are 7 questions and answers about […]

5 Good Reasons to File a Tax Extension

5 Last-Minute Tax Tips - TaxACT

April 15 is coming fast. For some of us, it’s coming too fast. We might not be quite ready to file our federal and state income taxes for one reason or another. Most people know they can file for an extension and get extra time. They may hate to do that, however, if they’re not […]

5 Questions Typically Asked about Filing an Amended Tax Return

5 Questions Typically Asked about Filing an Amended Tax Return - TaxACT

Everybody makes mistakes – there are no exceptions. If you discover an error or something you missed on your return after you filed it, don’t panic. Fortunately, most mistakes in life can be fixed, and your tax return is no exception.

10 Essential Tips to Make Filing a FAFSA Easy

10 Essential Tips to Make Filing a FAFSA Easy - TaxACT

Filing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an important step when getting ready for college. These tips can make filing the application for financial aid easier. If you or someone in your household is planning to go to college, you’ve probably heard of FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA […]

6 Things to Know About Pre-Existing Conditions and Health Insurance

6 Things to Know About Pre-Existing Conditions and Health Insurance - TaxACT

You’ve heard by now that health insurance companies can no longer deny you coverage because you have a pre-existing condition, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That sounds like good news, and for many people it is. It’s not quite that simple, however. Make sure you understand the new rules for pre-existing conditions:

7 Homeowner Tax Breaks

2013 Homeowner Tax Breaks - TaxACT

Owning a home has long been a great way to save on your taxes. That’s still true. Take a look at the following ways that owning a home can still give you a break on your taxes.

6 Ways to Pay Your Income Tax Bill

6 Ways to Pay Your Income Tax Bill - TaxACT

If you owe taxes on your income tax return, the IRS gives you multiple payment options. 1. Automatic payment If you bank online, you can set up a payment to the IRS just like you do with other bills. If you’re filing early, you can set the payment up to be paid anytime before the […]