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How Staying in Shape Directly Impacts Your Wallet

How Staying in Shape Directly Impacts Your Wallet - TaxACT

As the weather finally begins to warm up and the layers of clothes decrease, people anxiously throw on their gym shoes or do a few crunches before bed. Who hasn’t seen dozens of magazine covers proclaiming a quick way to get your body “beach ready?” Other than feeling good in a bikini (or speedo), staying […]

Becoming Smarter About Money Doesn’t Have to be Boring

Becoming Smarter About Money Doesn’t Have to be Boring - TaxACT

Money isn’t the root of all evil. That title truly belongs to ignorance. Ignorance can leave intelligent people crippled with fear about what to do with their savings account or prevent them from understanding how to properly use/utilize credit cards. Ignorance — with a dash of laziness — can be what keeps someone from contributing […]

5 Reasons You Overspend—And How to Avoid Them

5 Reasons You Overspend—And How to Avoid Them - TaxACT

Have you ever checked your bank balance partway through the month and wondered where all your money went? Spending as much money (or more) than you make each month won’t lead to long-term financial security, but many people do it. If you consistently struggle to cover your bills each month, then a solution might be […]

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 […]

How Much of My Mortgage Payment is Tax Deductible?

How Much of My Mortgage Payment is Tax Deductible - TaxACT

How much of your monthly mortgage payment is tax deductible? The short answer is more than you might think, but not as much as you might hope. Depending on how your mortgage is set up, your monthly payment likely includes principal, interest, taxes, and insurance, also known by the acronym PITI. Let’s take a look […]

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:

Obamacare Open Enrollment Ends March 31, 2014

Obamacare Open Enrollment Ends March 31, 2014 - TaxACT

That’s the deadline. If you haven’t yet signed up for health insurance, there’s no day like today. Despite the record snowfalls and wind chills gripping the country, January was a hot month for healthcare. More than 1.1 million people signed up for coverage through state and federal marketplaces, according to a recent Department of Health […]

Baby Boomers Playing Catch-Up: Retirement Strategies Worth Considering

Baby Boomers Playing Catch-Up—Retirement Strategies Worth Considering - TaxACT

Talk about a case of bad timing: the baby boomer generation started hitting retirement age during one of the worst economic disasters in modern-day history. The oldest boomers started turning 65 in 2011, as the economy struggled to recover from the devastating market crash and recession that began with the financial crisis of 2008. Middle-class […]

8 Kinds of Debt You Can’t Lose in Bankruptcy

8 Kinds of Debt You Can't Lose in Bankruptcy by TaxACT

When people go through a financial crisis, sometimes bankruptcy is the best or only solution. For example, when someone has insurmountable debts, often due to one-time events such as divorce, catastrophic illness, or business failure, bankruptcy may be the best way to overcome debt that person has no way of ever paying back. By “bankruptcy,” […]

Young People and Retirement Saving: Time Is On Your Side

Young People and Retirement - TaxACT

“Time is on my side” the old pop lyric says, and truer words have never been spoken when it comes to young people and retirement saving. Getting an early start is the best thing you can do for yourself, even if you’re not able to contribute much. When you’re in your 20s and 30s, you’ve […]

10 Ways to Say No to Spending

10 Ways to Say No to Spending - TaxACT

You don’t need complicated strategies to save lots of money in the new year. If you’re like most people, you just need to say “no” to unnecessary expenditures – the ones that drain your bank account and give you precious little in return. Here are 10 ways you can say no to spending money on […]

Our Top Ten Most Read Blog Posts of 2013

Top Ten Post

From the very first post in 2013 (The Difference Between Form 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ) to the most recent (Persisting Myths About Health Care Reform), the TaxACT blog has touched a wide variety of topics. Though with varying topics, they all point back to one consistent theme; providing personal finance and tax tips you can actually […]