Solutions to Make Better Decisions with Your Taxes and Money

About Valerie Rind

Valerie Rind is the author of the award-winning book, “Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads: True Stories of Friends, Family, and Financial Ruin.” With expertise in a broad range of personal finance and lifestyle topics, her work has been featured online in Time, Forbes, Fortune, MSN, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, PBS Next Avenue, and her own website at

During a hiatus from a corporate career, Rind worked for a housing authority where she created its pilot personal finance program for low-income individuals. She was one of the founding volunteer moderators for the myFICO community forum. Her social media links include Twitter and LinkedIn.

Are Expense Reimbursements Considered Taxable Income?

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe IRS considers some employee benefits to be taxable income. But, do employee expense reimbursements fall into that category?

Five self-employed IRS tax forms for 2017

Reading Time: 3 minutesIf you’re even a moderately successful freelancer, you likely know you have to file a tax return and pay taxes on your income. But, which tax forms do you need to file?

Top 9 IRS Tax Forms You Need to Know

Reading Time: 3 minutesIf you’re like most people who have to file annual tax returns, there’s a dizzying array of forms. Here are nine of the top Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax forms you might need to know about.

How to Tell If You Are Self-Employed

Reading Time: 2 minutesIf you’re a freelancer, it’s critical to know whether you’re self-employed or an employee. The distinction has a major effect on your tax responsibilities.

How to Get Health Insurance as a Freelancer

Reading Time: 3 minutesOne of your biggest expenses as a freelancer — after income and other taxes — might be health care coverage and medical costs. However, when it comes to getting covered, a lot has changed over the past few years.

Five Ways to Manage Your Finances As a Freelancer

Reading Time: 4 minutesWorking as a freelancer or independent contractor is like riding a roller coaster. One month you’re flush with cash and the next you’re wondering how you’ll pay the bills. Sometimes you wish you still received a regular paycheck. How can you smooth out some of the financial bumps in the self-employment road?

What The Self-Employed Should Know About Filing Taxes

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhether you call yourself a freelancer, a solopreneur, independent contractor, part of the gig economy, or simply self-employed — it’s likely you have to file tax returns and are required to pay different types of taxes including estimated payments.

Attention Gig Economy Workers: You Have to Pay Taxes!

Reading Time: 3 minutesYou’ve probably heard that the gig economy is overtaking the ways we work. But, how extensive is this phenomenon that smashes the standard of the 9-to-5 job?