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Jul 8th, 2014

Records: What’s the Bare Minimum That You Must Keep?

Ed note: Tax season brings a flood of documents – W-2s, 1099s, receipts, Form 1040 and more. Now that you’ve filed – and maybe gotten a refund – are you ready to chuck them all out? Not quite so fast. One of our Tax Institute experts explains why you need to hang on to those […]

Jun 24th, 2014

How to Proactively Address Your Tax Situation After Divorce

Ed note: There are some things that just aren’t fun to talk about. Period. There’s no dressing it up or injecting humor. Divorce is one of them. The thing is, we aren’t here just for fun. We also want to share important information that you can use. If you are going through a divorce, your […]

Jun 6th, 2014

H&R Block U. S. Expat Tax Services – How can I use it?

Ed note: It may come as a surprise to some Americans living abroad that they still need to file a U.S. tax return. That’s right – even if you live in another country, work in another country and don’t have any money invested in U.S. accounts, you will still likely be required to file a […]

Jun 2nd, 2014

Reporting Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts 101

Ed note: Does a foreign financial account sound mysterious? Well, for many Americans taxpayers living abroad or those at home who have diversified financial holdings, it’s just a normal part of life. However, those accounts are in for big changes at home. Leer en español. What’s the big deal about declaring foreign bank and financial accounts? […]

American Opportunity Credit
May 29th, 2014

Tax Questions, Answered: Education Expenses

Ed note: The experts at the Tax Institute have answered more of your questions, this time around which education expenses will qualify for tax credits or deductions. Question: I am currently enrolled in a multi-year practical program of study in electrical work. Can this be counted toward a four-year post-graduate program to receive the tax […]

May 27th, 2014

Costs of Starting Your Own Home Garden

Ed note: We know eating fruits and vegetables is important to keeping healthy. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” might be an old saying, but there’s a reason it’s stuck around so long. Here’s how to get those nutrients for less of that other green stuff – cash. While eating healthfully is certainly […]