Taxes on the Big Screen

Ed note: If you a fan of taxes and film – together – there aren’t many nominees to root for in Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. However, Kevin Martin generously whipped up this post to recount some of his favorite tax-related plots that made it to the big screen. Who ever said taxes are all boring? The Academy […]

The Little Known Financial Side Benefits of Being a Freelancer

Ed note: Do you think of working for yourself as being a risk? David Ning sees it differently – he has experienced many positive results from becoming a freelancer. Many people questioned my decision to give up the steady paycheck in the midst of the worst financial crisis of our lifetime, but trying to turn […]

Tax Considerations For Recent Grads

Ed note: Getting that first “real” job has a lot of exciting perks and maybe one that isn’t so exciting. If you’ve been claimed on your parents return in the past and not made enough to file, this could be your first year filing a full return on your own. Here are a few perks […]

5 Tips For Smart Gifting When You Travel To Visit Your Family

Ed note: Most of us think about souvenirs we want to bring back from our travels, but how would you manage taking gifts with you on a trip? It’s a common conundrum for Jeannette Kaplun, so she’s here to share a little frugal wisdom. Leer en español. When you live far away from your family, […]

Love Your Pet, But At What Cost? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Last weekend was all about love. Big red heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, over-priced rose bouquets and glitter (so much glitter!) could be found just about everywhere. All these symbols of affection got us thinking about the important ones in our life that don’t get celebrated on Valentine’s Day  – our pets. And we aren’t the […]

Refund Offsets and Injured Spouse Forms

You prepared your tax return. It showed you were due a refund. The return was filed and accepted with the IRS. The refund never came. After you’ve doubled checked to make sure your bank information and/or mailing address was perfectly correct on your return, you may want to determine whether your refund was taken as […]

Foods That Are Healthy For Your Heart and Easy On Your Budget

Ed note: February is American Heart Month. With that in mind, we wanted to focus on ways you can be good to your heart while also being kind to your budget. Cost is often the main excuse for choosing unhealthy foods. The exorbitant costs of healthy foods can sometimes make it out of range for […]

Do you have the right amount of taxes withheld from your paycheck?

Ed note: It’s easy to think about taxes now, when the filing deadline is staring you in the face, but did you know there is something you can tweak any time of year that could affect your taxes? They are withholdings – and how much is withheld is determined by your W-4. Learn more about […]

Moonlighting as an On-Demand Driver Can be Unexpectedly Taxing

Ed note: Whether you drive for Uber, Lyft or any other popular ride share or private car service, don’t underestimate how important this income is at tax time. We asked tax experts Mike Slack and Jennifer Villarino to provide these five essential facts, so you can avoid unwelcome surprises when you file that 2014 return.   Mobile ride-booking services […]

7 Financial Planning Tips for Single Parents

Ed note: Sometimes life changes are happy – new marriage, new baby – and sometimes they are difficult. If you’ve recently become a single parent, whether due to death, divorce or choice, you may have questions or worries about your financial situation. Here are a few things to consider. Leer en español. Single parents have […]