Solutions to Make Better Decisions with Your Taxes and Money

5 Things You Can Learn from Your Tax Return

If you already stashed away your tax return, you may want to dig it back out. There are a variety of things you can discover by reviewing each form and understanding the significant impact your taxes can have on your financial health. Now is a great time to take a second look at your return […]

Owe Taxes This Year? Here Are 5 Ways to Lower Next Year’s Tax Bill

You’ve finished your taxes. You may have expected a refund, or maybe you knew you’d have taxes to pay when you filed your return. Either way, writing more than a small check to the Internal Revenue Service is an experience you’d rather not repeat. What can you do to avoid it in the future? Check […]

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

Updated for Tax Year 2016 After you file your tax return, a smart financial move is to double check your Form W-4. Ensuring you have the right amount of tax withheld from your paycheck can make a big difference on your tax outcome next year. If you have too much withheld, as many Americans do, you […]

How a Summer Job Affects Your Taxes

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

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 […]

4 Tax Tips For Newlyweds

Have you recently gotten married? Getting married changes everything – your tax filing status, how much tax you pay, and more. Utilize these tax tips for getting started off right in your married life. Use the right filing status As a married person living with your spouse, you only have two choices of tax filing […]

How to Avoid Owing Money to the IRS

Are you wondering why you owe so much in taxes this year? Want to make sure you never owe a big tax bill – or any bill at all – when you file your income taxes? Judging by the amount the average American has over withheld from his or her pay, we’re scared to death […]

Payroll Tax Cut: How to Bump Your Take-Home Pay Back Up

Are you feeling the pain from your reduced paycheck as of the beginning of the year? When the temporary payroll tax deduction ended in December, our social security tax deductions went back up to 6.2% of our gross pay. It was only 4.2% when the temporary reduction was in effect. 2% more of your pay […]