Why Your Child Might Not Need a Four-Year Degree

Ed note: We know that – on average – amount of education correlates to income. As in: more education, more money. BUT, that only looks at the averages. What does it really mean for certain professions? Miranda Marquit digs into why some might actually do better by forgoing a traditional degree program.  For decades, the […]

Budget Challenge Winner Gets Surprise Check Presentation

You don’t win a personal finance challenge without making hard decisions: Get a full cable package or put more in emergency savings? Maximize your retirement contribution or take a fancy vacation? Being prepared for unexpected financial surprises often means making the practical choice instead of the fun one. Sean Lawrence understands that intuitively. He’s 17 […]

Gifts For Mom This Mother’s Day [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know the IRS has “gifts” to give mothers every year, too? OK, credits and deductions may not be able to hold a candle to her children’s smiling faces or sentimental art. But we wanted to take the time to look at how most of us celebrate mom on this special day, and how she […]

Move Home or Move On

Ed note: Moving back home may come with emotional baggage. But when it comes to making a decision about your finances, you have to think rationally. Put aside your feelings and use this impartial calculation to help determine whether it’s best to move back into your parents’ house or strike out on your own. If […]

Gifts Grads Can Actually Use

Ed note: When I graduated high school, I got a lot of picture frames and small mementos. Years later, what’s stayed with me? A set of tools. The rest of it is gone. It may not be glamorous, but the practical gift is one that keeps giving. Shannyn Allen has more suggestions for gifts that […]

Surprising Spending Stats for Cinco de Mayo

Ed note: Like any U.S. holiday, Cinco de Mayo is a time to celebrate and spend money. Maybe that’s cynical. Or maybe you think I’m mistaken by calling it a “U.S. holiday.” Keep reading, and you’ll see why that’s the case and exactly how much we Americans spend each year. Leer en Español. Cinco de […]

Tax Return of the Jedi

Ed note: Warning: what follows is not for the faint of heart. But, if you love talking taxes or frequent the Wookieepedia boards, then you are in for a treat. Enthusiasm for Star Wars has spiked recently with the release of the much-anticipated trailer to the next chapter in the series, The Force Awakens. Both […]

Expat Tax Q&A: I Sold My House. Now what?

Ed note: H&R Block Expat Tax Services is a highly specialized team of tax attorneys, CPAs and enrolled agents whose singular focus is expat tax preparation for Americans abroad. These tax situations can be very complex, so we are featuring some answers to common questions here. Today’s post focuses on how home sales should be […]

Tax-Exempt No Longer: The NFL’s Tax History and Future

Ed note: You may have just finished paying a tax bill for 2014, but you know who didn’t? The National Football League. However, Mike Slack (one of our Tax Institute experts) explains how that changed this week.  When most people think about tax-exempt organizations, churches, schools and charities often come to mind. These fall under […]

3 Long-Term Costs of Eating Unhealthy That Hit Your Pocketbook

Ed note: Buying healthful foods can be costly, especially when you compare them to things like a fast food dollar menu. While fresh produce may cost more now, eating a nutritious diet can help guard against expensive health care costs related to disease in the future. A lousy diet is one of the leading causes […]