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6 Ways to Know If Your Kid Should Have a Credit Card

6 Ways to Know If Your Kid Should Have a Credit Card - TaxACT

Have you ever thought about getting your child a credit card? If you want to start a friendly debate, ask a group of parents when they should give a child a credit card. The answers will probably vary from “when he can pay for it” to age 105. Some parents will say, “Never!” Post by […]

Lower Swipe Fees: Does This Mean Store Prices Go Down?

Is this the end of the debit card? - TaxACT

Do you use a debit card? Did you know each time you use it the merchant gets charged with swipe fees? Every time you swipe with a debit card to pay for gas, groceries, or a latte, your bank charges the merchant a “swipe fee” for the transaction. The maximum swipe fee banks could charge […]

Budgeting: Why Just Spending Less Is NOT Your Answer

Budgeting - TaxACT

Are you looking for ways to cut costs and save each week? Are you budgeting on a weekly and monthly basis? Should you spend less or try to make more money when budgeting? You can turn the heat down, grow your own vegetables, pick up kids’ clothes at garage sales, and take your lunch to […]

A 5-Step Plan for Surviving a Job Loss

A 5-Step Plan for Surviving a Job Loss - TaxACT

Have you ever gone through a job loss? Losing your job is a traumatic experience. You lose your income and benefits, sense of security and job identity all at once. You may have workplace friends you’ve seen every day for years. The morning after you get laid off, everything’s changed. It’s important to take some […]

4 Energy Efficient Home Improvements to Save You Money

4 Energy Efficient Home Improvements to Save You Money - TaxACT

Are you planning, or in the middle of, making improvements to your home? Are you considering energy efficient home improvements? Though months away, we all know winter’s coming, and with it brings higher heating bills. Now is a great time to think about investing in energy efficient home improvements – and possible tax credits to […]

Mortgage Rates: Is It Too Late For a Great Deal?

Mortgage Rates Is It Too Late For A Great Deal - TaxACT

For years, it seemed mortgage interest rates did nothing but inch downwards. Every time we thought the rates couldn’t go any lower, they proved us wrong. They’re finally headed back up – and not by inches, either. Mortgage rates on 30-year fixed loans have moved up sharply in the last month. If you’re in the […]

5 Reasons Summer is a Great Time to Save Money

5 reasons summer is a great time to save money - TaxACT

The great thing about summer is that you and your family can have so much fun – possibly more so than any other time of year – without spending a lot of money. In fact, if you plan it right, summer can be one of the best times of the year to save money. Here’s […]

Student Loan Interest Rate Changes: How They Affect You

Student Loan Interest Rate Changes: How They Affect You - TaxACT

Student loan interest rates are doubling! Should we panic yet? Or is this just the scare of the month? It’s a little of both, actually. Here’s how the student loan interest rate change may affect you.

Is It Crazy to Buy Gold Coins For Investments?

Is it crazy to buy gold coins for investments? - TaxACT

Have you ever wanted to buy gold coins for investing? Or maybe just as a hobby? In the days of instant, online stock trading and financial accounts, sometimes money seems almost make-believe. We no longer even have a passbook to hold on to. We certainly never see most of our money as a tangible object. […]

Turning Your Hobby Into a Business: Do You Have What It Takes?

Turning Your Hobby Into a Business: Do You Have What It Takes? | TaxACT

Have you ever thought about turning something you enjoy, something you would do even if it didn’t make any money, into a way to make a living? Who hasn’t? Many people take a hobby they’ve been dabbling in for years, such as glass blowing, antique collecting, or dance exercise, and turn it into a full-time […]

The Secret to Financial Success

Thinking Long Term: The Secret to Financial Success by Sally Herigstad | TaxACT

Do you think about your future? Where you’ll be (want to be) in 5, 10 or 15 years? The biggest secret to financial success – or success in any endeavor – is to think farther ahead than most people do. To illustrate how that works, think about kids growing up. They gradually become able to […]

5 Reasons Not To Touch Your Retirement Funds

5 Reasons Not To Touch That Retirement Fund - TaxACT

When you’re short on money – whether it’s due to unemployment, illness, or just the urge to buy a new motorcycle – it’s easy to start eyeing your retirement funds. After all, you’ve been contributing to them all these years. And it’s your money. If your account has gone up in value – lucky you […]

Weekly Favorites: Mortgage Deductions, Family Loans, Tax Rules on Early Retirement Plan Withdrawals

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TaxACT’s Weekly Favorites: May 17, 2013 Where The Mortgage Deduction Really Pays via CNN Money The mortgage interest deduction is one of the most expensive tax breaks on the books, but its benefits are distributed unevenly across the country, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Continue reading… Family Loans: Does The IRS […]