8 Tips for Reducing Energy Costs This Winter

Ed note: Depending on where you live, you may be looking ahead to a long, cold winter. While we can’t change the forecast, we can help save some money when it comes to keeping your home warm, affordably. Cutting back on energy costs amounts to money in your pocket, and it’s extra important in the […]

Ask Us Anything About the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Your Tax Return

Today, H&R Block offices nationwide are open for the company’s first-ever ACA Q&A Day. For 12 hours straight, you can come in and speak to an H&R Block ACA Specialist about your unique tax situation and how the Affordable Care Act might affect your return this year. Leer en español. “The Affordable Care Act has made health […]

What to Bring to your Tax Appointment: ACA Exemptions

Ed note: If you didn’t have health insurance in 2014 and have heard that you may be required to pay a penalty when you file your tax return, there is some good news. Read on to determine if you qualify for an exemption from that penalty – and how to go about getting it. Leer […]

What is an ACA specialist, and how can they help?

Danielle (28) and Mike (29) are married. They have two children, Alex (4) and Alicia (7), who live with them all year. Danielle and Mike file a joint return and have combined wages of $18,800. They have no other income. The couple is not required to file a tax return, but do in order to […]

The Affordable Care Act’s Premium Tax Credit and Your Filing Status

Ed note: There is a common misconception that once you receive a premium tax credit, you don’t need to do anything differently. If you’ve been filing your federal tax returns as “Married Filing Separately,” that’s not the case. Our experts from The Tax Institute explain. Leer en español. When you enroll in health insurance through a […]

Filing Cabinet Clean-Up: Get Organized in the New Year [INFOGRAPHIC]

You know the popular New Year’s Resolutions – lose weight, save money, get organized. Here’s a little something to help with that third one. This guide can help you sort through the stack of documents, receipts and other papers that have piled up over the last year (or years). Learn what to keep and what […]

7 Ways to Get a New Wardrobe for Zero Dollars

Ed note: One of the easiest ways to rein in your spending this year is to just stop buying new clothes. Which leaves the question – how do you spruce up your wardrobe without new purchases? Good thing we have Kelly Whalen here with some awesome tips that cost zip, zero, zilch. Americans spend on […]

Wait A Minute. Do I even need to file a tax return?

Fact: Having an income does not automatically mean you have to file a 2014 tax return. Leer en español. Also fact: Determining whether or not you need to file a return can be complicated. Regular Employment Here’s where it is simple. If you have regular employment – meaning you work for another person or corporation and receive […]

Teaching Teens Financial Literacy – And Rewarding Them For it

We’ve reached the midway point in H&R Block Budget Challenge. What does that mean? It means that more than 32,500 high school students have completed this online game – and learned core financial literacy concepts along the way. Budget Challenge teaches how to manage real life issues like paying bills, managing expenses, saving money, investing […]

File Your Fastest Tax Return Yet

While e-file doesn’t open until January 20, that’s no reason to sit around and wait. Make it your New Year’s resolution to file your fastest tax return ever. It’ll be a great way to start off 2015. Here’s a step-by-step guide. Leer en español. 1. Set up a system for success If you’re old school, you’ll want […]