Tag: money

Tax Questions, Answered: Your Kid’s Education

In our latest installation of this question-and-answer series with The Tax Institute, we look at some of common tax questions that come up around saving and paying for your child’s education. Q: Should the earnings on my child’s 529 account be counted as income as they accrue? What about when I use 529 funds to […]

Emerald Card Myths Busted

What do you think of when you hear “prepaid debit card?” Maybe you think it’s just for teenagers. Or that it isn’t any different from a credit card. Maybe you have no idea what it is at all! Leer en español. Prepaid cards can be useful financial tools for anyone. They help prevent overdrafts and […]

Hispanic College Students: Knowing the challenges and learning how to overcome them

Ed note: The debt associated with higher education has been getting more and more attention. We know there are many ways to fund your education but wanted to dig into some of the unique and specific resources available to Latinos. Leer en español. A recent study by the PEW Hispanic Research Center shows that Hispanic […]

Back-To-School Shopping: National Thrift Shop Day

Ed note: “I’ma take your grandpa’s style. No for real, ask your grandpa, can I have his hand-me-downs?” Sorry. It’s catchy. As we transition kids back to school this fall, it’s a time of mixed jubilation and dread. While it will be great to be back on a regular schedule during the school year, planning […]

Top 4 Back-to-School Budgeting Tips for Teens

Ed note: Our colleagues at H&R Block’s Dollars and Sense program are the go-to place for information when it comes to helping teenagers learn about personal finance topics. They put their heads together – along with other experts – to pass along these great tips to start the discussion at your house. With back-to-school shopping […]

How to Save on Dorm Room Essentials

Ed note: Head to any big-box retailer and you’ll likely see checklists for “dorm room essentials.” If you bought everything on the list, you might not have enough room to transport yourself in the car! Erin Huffstetler sorts through shopping strategically and ways to save money on those dorm room furnishings. Headed off to college […]

Back to School Budget-Setting Help

Don’t let the heat of August confuse you. It’s already back to school season. Leer en español. You probably know that it isn’t as easy as waking up one morning, putting the kids on a bus and walking away. A new school year requires preparation and, maybe more notably, purchases. In fact, in 2014 the National Retail […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]