Taxation of the Sharing Economy

Ed note: Anything that seems too good to be true, probably is, right? Well, maybe. Can you make extra money off of an extra bedroom or a seldom-used car? Sure. Will the IRS take some of that profit? Maybe. Here’s the breakdown of what to expect if you participate in the sharing economy. The rise […]

Why Being Bilingual is a Bonus

Ed note: We all have moments when we feel different or left out. For those who learned another language before English, their differences may be more obvious, and they can feel singled out. But, as Tracy López points out, the benefits of bilingualism are many. You may want to add another language to your repertoire […]

Shop for Back to School on Sales Tax-Free Weekend [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you’re not in one of the few states without a sales tax (we’re looking at you: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon), then we have news you might be interested in. In the coming weeks, 16 states will suspend their regular sales tax on certain items. Use this interactive graphic below to check […]

Tax Questions, Answered: Home Sales and Deductions

In our latest installation of this question-and-answer series with The Tax Institute, we look at some of the common questions we get about homes and property. Q: Are homeowner association fees ever deductible? How do you document it if so? A: Homeowners’ association fees paid on your personal residence are not deductible. On a rental […]

How to Manage Your Budget with Inconsistent Paychecks

Ed note: Working for yourself might sound like the new American dream. Set your own hours. Be your own boss. But it isn’t all sunshine and roses. Our contributor Miel, from DINKS Finance, dives into one of the tougher areas of self-employment. Leer en español. A 9-to-5 job provides stability in the form of a […]

What is the San Diego Comic-Con? [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you just finished playing your favorite MMOG where you pwned a n00b, then you likely already know everything you need to know about the San Diego Comic-Con. But, if you – like me – have come into the world of comics through Tobey Maguire’s portrayal of Spider-Man and the wildly successful Ironman/Captain America/Avengers/etcetera franchises, […]

Build the Best Summer Bucket List – On the Cheap!

Ed note: Are your summertime activities getting stale? With minimal work – and money – you can add a few new destinations, games and more to your repertoire! As you’re looking at your calendars in the middle of this summer, you may want to start planning for some fun ways to make the most of […]

How the NFL’s Newest Star’s Salaries Stack Up

Ed note: The contracts of big-time athletes can be mind-boggling. Our tax expert and resident fanatic Mike Slack breaks it down though, looking at what these sports stars are really making and how much goes to the federal government. There are many new faces walking into NFL training camps this week. Of the 256 football […]

Health Care Q&A – Penalties

We continue our series on the Affordable Care Act and how it affects you. See all of our Health Care posts for more information.   How much is the penalty for not getting health insurance?                 The penalty for the first year is either $95 per adult and […]

Perfect Packing for a Summer Getaway

Ed note: It is officially vacation season! Whether you are headed to the beach or mountains, across the world or in your own state, there are a few universal truths: 1) you can’t take your whole closet and 2) if you do, you’ll literally pay for it. Shannyn Allen is here to help you hack […]