How to Help Better Protect Yourself Against Tax Identity Theft

If you get a notice from the IRS that someone else has filed a tax return using your information, the first question is likely to be, “How did this happen to me?” The answer is: all too easily. A thief only needs your name, birth date and social security number in order to file a […]

What To Do If A Fraudulent Tax Return is Filed Using Your Information

Identity theft is a fact of modern life. That may sound bold, but the numbers support that unfortunate reality. According to the Wall Street Journal in February, 803 million individual records have been stolen in the last three years through major information breaches – like when the Target or Anthem databases were compromised. The U.S. […]

Don’t Ever Ignore These 3 Common IRS Notices

Ed note: Any letter from the IRS is likely to get your attention, but these three should prompt you into swift action. Learn what the mashup of letters and numbers actually means and how to go about responding. Leer en español. Every year, the IRS mails more than 200 million notices to taxpayers. There are […]

Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers and the Child Tax Credit

Ed note: Even if you don’t have a social security number, you may be required to file a U.S. tax return. To do that, you need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). There is some confusion about what ITIN filers are allowed to claim, or not. Here’s help. Leer en español. Many individuals from foreign […]

For The Love Of Books [INFOGRAPHIC]

Don’t ask me how these things are decided, but August 9 is National Book Lovers Day. Fun fact: it is also celebrated the second Saturday in November. No matter the reason – or the date – we are on board to celebrate books and reading. Here are a few statistics about American’s reading and book-buying habits. […]

Celebrate National Dollar Day

Ed note: Happy National Dollar Day (tomorrow, August 8)! While you could just grab something off a dollar menu to toast the occasion, we thought it might be more fun to dig into the history of the almighty dollar and splurge on something that might not adversely affect your waistline. Bones, bucks, greenbacks, singles, smackers […]

Do I have to pay taxes on my scholarship?

Ed note: Scholarships are free money! Actually, depending on how the scholarship money is used, it could be taxable. Read on to learn when you need to report money from scholarships and when it’s tax-free. Leer en Español. College students and their parents often ask whether money from scholarships is taxable. As always, we are […]

Ways to Save on College Textbooks

Ed note: We know it’s the little stuff that adds up. While the cost of textbooks may pale in comparison to tuition, it’s still a large chunk of college spending. Use these tips to make book purchases affordable. College doesn’t come cheap. We expect tuition at a four-year university to cost an arm and a […]

The IRS changed my refund. Now, what?

Ed note: We know how important it is to get a tax refund. While waiting for the refund to arrive can be frustrating, getting a refund that’s less than expected – or none at all – can be upsetting. Here are a few reasons this could happen, and what to do if it does happen […]

IRS Notices Mailed to Some Marketplace Insurance Recipients

Did you get health insurance through a Marketplace for 2014 but still haven’t filed a tax return for that year? You may be hearing from the IRS soon. The good news is that H&R Block is available to help. Leer en Español. What’s going on? If you had health insurance through a Marketplace last year […]