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Are Your Kids College-Bound Soon? Consider 529 Plan Tax Benefits

Are Your Kids College-Bound Soon? Consider 529 Plan Tax Benefits

Do you have a child heading for college in the near (or far) future? Paying for it might bring back nightmares of that final math exam you once barely passed. That's why it sometimes pays to learn more about 529 college savings plans, particularly 529 tax plan benefits.

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Fraud Protection Targeted with Financial Industry Initiative
February 9, 2018

Fraud Protection Targeted with Financial Industry Initiative

Amid growing concerns about the financial exploitation of seniors, industry regulators have put an emphasis and focused rulemaking on the subject. As a result, firms ...

1099-DIV 101: The Basics of Dividend Income Forms & Taxes
February 9, 2018

1099-DIV 101: The Basics of Dividend Income Forms & Taxes

You’ve worked all year to get your long-term portfolio just right by researching yields and allocating your funds. Now it’s the end of the year and you’re ready to sit back and...

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Go Paperless This Tax Season: E-Delivery of Documents
February 8, 2018

Go Paperless This Tax Season: E-Delivery of Documents

2017 has come to an end and feels like a distant memory as you focus your time and energy on what's ahead, looking forward to everything 2018 has to offer you...

Your Financial Plan—A Roadmap for Life's Ups and Downs
February 8, 2018

Your Financial Plan—A Roadmap for Life's Ups and Downs

When planning a road trip, you want to take the most direct path to your destination. So like many people, you probably use a GPS to map out your route...

How to File Taxes for Free (and When to Consider Paying Instead)
February 7, 2018

How to File Taxes for Free (and When to Consider Paying Instead)

Is it possible to file taxes for free? Yes, it is. This is not a dream. There are indeed some situations where it makes sense to do your taxes yourself and file those taxes at no ...

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Goodbye, Snail Mail and Paper Returns. Hello, e-Filing Your Taxes
February 2, 2018

Goodbye, Snail Mail and Paper Returns. Hello, e-Filing Your Taxes

Are you still filing your taxes the old-fashioned way, with a paper return? Want to file your taxes electronically, but aren’t sure how? Software programs and online service ...

Starting Your 2017 Taxes? 5 Things to Know + A Checklist
January 26, 2018

Starting Your 2017 Taxes? 5 Things to Know + A Checklist

The NFL playoffs aren't the only thing that kickoff in January. t's also the start of tax season. Now's the time to gather and organize the information you'll need to file...

April 15 Tax Return Postmark Deadline? Not This Year
January 25, 2018

April 15 Tax Return Postmark Deadline? Not This Year

If you got used to an April 15 tax filing deadline over the years, it's time to emancipate yourself from that habit. Why "emancipate?" Because a Washington, D.C. ...

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Tax-Filing Myth Buster: When 1099s Are Due for Brokerage Accounts
January 24, 2018

Tax-Filing Myth Buster: When 1099s Are Due for Brokerage Accounts

Tax filing fact or myth? "Your brokerage account's 1099 form for 2017 must be in the mail by January 31, 2018." Myth. Say what? That’s right, a consolidated 1099 ...

What Is a Tax Credit, Anyway? Potential Tax Burden Reduction
January 19, 2018

What Is a Tax Credit, Anyway? Potential Tax Burden Reduction

Tax season is just getting underway, which means figuring out what you owe—and finding ways to potentially reduce your taxable burden. You probably know that one way ...

Revitalizing the New Year: 6 Ways to Make Financial Resolutions
January 19, 2018

Revitalizing the New Year: 6 Ways to Make Financial Resolutions

Four thousand years ago, the ancient Babylonians became the first society to make New Year’s resolutions, and they were largely related to money. According to...

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What are Tax Brackets and Marginal Tax Rates? Questions Answered
January 10, 2018

What are Tax Brackets and Marginal Tax Rates? Questions Answered

If you’re not quite up to speed on tax brackets, there’s no need to feel alarmed; you’re not alone. After all, tax accounting is one of those rare topics that, at least for ...

Financial Planning to Pursue Life's Goals: The SMART Approach
January 5, 2018

Financial Planning to Pursue Life's Goals: The SMART Approach

Do you have clear retirement goals, and are they achievable? Unfortunately, many people don't, and it's understandable. Sometimes we're overwhelmed ...

Your Guided Tour Through the Consolidated 1099 Tax Form
January 5, 2018

Your Guided Tour Through the Consolidated 1099 Tax Form

Do the letters OID mean anything to you? How about DIV, INT, or MISC? If your answer was "I've seen those letters on a tax form," congratulations. These are among the ...

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Create or Manage Your Budget to Pursue Your Financial Goals
January 4, 2018

Create or Manage Your Budget to Pursue Your Financial Goals

Are you among the many who included budget planning in your list of 2018 New Year's resolutions? If so, congratulations. If not, there's still time. The good ...

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