Solutions to Make Better Decisions with Your Money

5 Steps for Paying Yourself First — the Money Habit that Builds Wealth

5 Essential Steps for Paying Yourself First - TaxACT Blog

“I just don’t have enough money to save some each month.” If I had a dollar for every time someone lamented how he or she couldn’t possibly save money, then I would never need to save money out of my own paycheck. Unfortunately, this … [Continue reading]

3 Reasons to Trade in Your COBRA Policy for an ACA Plan

3 Reasons to Trade in Your COBRA Policy for an ACA Plan - TaxACT Blog

Losing your job or making a career transition is stressful — and can knock you for a loop like a punch to the solar plexus. Then there's the added pressure of securing health insurance until you land a new job, or a new employer's coverage kicks … [Continue reading]

How to Live Up to Your Own Version of Frugality

How to Live Up to Your Own Version of Frugality - TaxACT

The penny-pinching, side-hustling lifestyle slowly started creeping into mainstream American society around the same time Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s anthem “Thrift Shop” dominated the airwaves. Considering most millennials graduate college … [Continue reading]

How Skipping the ACA Open Enrollment Could Cost You

How Skipping the ACA Open Enrollment Could Cost You - TaxACT Blog

The Thanksgiving holiday is always a time to reflect and remind ourselves what we're grateful for: family, friends, a good job . . . okay and those door-busting Black Friday deals. In the spirit of the season, you're probably thanking your lucky … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

The Eerie Presence of Phantom Income

What is Phantom Income? - TaxACT Blog

Halloween evokes spooky images of ghosts and goblins. These specters may not be visible to the eye, but rumor has it, their eerie presence can be felt. Similarly, so-called "phantom income" is money that you don't actually pocket, but the IRS … [Continue reading]

Weekly Favorites: 9 Money Moves to Make Before the End of the Year, and more

TaxACT Weekly Favorites

TaxACT Weekly Favorites: October 31, 2014 The 5 Biggest Tax Differences Between an LLC and Corporation By Nellie Akalp Among the many decisions you need to make when launching a business is selecting a business structure. If you do nothing, … [Continue reading]

5 Money Books Every Millennial Should Have on Their ‘to-Read’ List

5 Books about Money Every Millennial Needs to Read - TaxACT Blog

Looking to d­elve deeper into financial topics like creating a budget, paying off debt and saving for retirement? These five books offer advice that's relevant to the financial concerns and needs of Generation Y: … [Continue reading]

7 Tax Tips for the Freelance Economy

How to Handle Taxes as a Freelancer - TaxACT Blog

Tax season feels eons away for many gainfully employed workers. Why bother thinking about W-9s that will come in January when Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all arriving before tax forms. Not to mention New Years, Valentine’s Day and … [Continue reading]

Weekly Favorites: Time to Make Year-End Tax Moves — and more

TaxACT Weekly Favorites

TaxACT Weekly Favorites: October 24, 2014 6 Do’s and Don’ts for an Energy-Efficient Home by Sally Herigstad Fall is here, and with it higher energy bills. You’re on the right track if you’re already thinking of ways you can save money this … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]