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  1. What's a Marginal Tax Rate?

    What's a Marginal Tax Rate?

    The marginal tax rate is based on a progressive tax system, where tax rates for an individual will increase as income rises. ...
  2. Why should I keep records on my tax-exempt bond transactions?

    Why should I keep records on my tax-exempt bond transactions?

    Keep your purchase records on all investments, including tax-exempt bonds. Though the interest is tax-free, you may owe taxes ...
  3. What are examples of cost of goods sold (COGS) for businesses that sell through eBay ...

    What are examples of cost of goods sold (COGS) for businesses that sell through eBay ...

    Read how online retailers that operate through eBay or Etsy can list certain expenses as cost of goods sold and even claim ...
  4. What are some examples of industries that cannot claim cost of goods sold (COGS)?

    What are some examples of industries that cannot claim cost of goods sold (COGS)?

    Discover which types of businesses are not allowed to list cost of goods sold on their income statement or claim their COGS ...
  5. How are savings bonds taxed?

    How are savings bonds taxed?

    Learn who is responsible for reporting U.S. EE savings bond interest for taxation and when the interest can be reported for ...
  6. What's the safest way to invest in high-yielding dividend stocks?

    What's the safest way to invest in high-yielding dividend stocks?

    Learn about some of the most important safety factors that you need to consider before you invest in high-yielding dividend ...
  7. What's the difference between cost of goods sold (COGS) and cost of sales?

    What's the difference between cost of goods sold (COGS) and cost of sales?

    Explore the difference between the cost of goods sold and cost of sales listed on an income statement, and what types of ...
  8. Where NOT To Invest in Latin America

    Where NOT To Invest in Latin America

    Venezuela has more oil than anyone, and Brazil and Argentina have lots going for them, too, so why can't they get out of ...
  9. How Advisors Can Protect Inherited IRAs

    How Advisors Can Protect Inherited IRAs

    A new Supreme Court ruling has some financial advisors rushing to set up trusts to help protect inherited IRAs. Is that necessary?
  10. Are credit card rewards considered taxable income by the IRS?

    Are credit card rewards considered taxable income by the IRS?

    Learn about when the Internal Revenue Service considers the financial value of gifts received from credit card reward programs ...
  11. What are the Social Security tax caps?

    What are the Social Security tax caps?

    Learn how the Social Security tax cap works, what percentage of income is deducted for Social Security taxes and the history ...
  12. What's the difference between a financial advisor and a financial planner?

    What's the difference between a financial advisor and a financial planner?

    Seeking professional advice from a financial advisor may involve asking for financial help from a certified financial planner, ...
  13. 7 Times It Costs More To Pay With A Credit Card

    7 Times It Costs More To Pay With A Credit Card

    Paying with credit cards can cost you more. Some merchants add an extra surcharge or convenience fee onto each transaction.
  14. Munis, Midterms And What To Watch

    Munis, Midterms And What To Watch

    There are a few things worth watching in the medterm presidential elections.
  15. New 2015 Contribution Limits: Advisors Take Heed

    New 2015 Contribution Limits: Advisors Take Heed

    The Internal Revenue Service's new 2015 contribution limits for tax-deferred savings plans are higher; here's what you and ...
  16. How much will it cost to hire an accountant to do my taxes?

    How much will it cost to hire an accountant to do my taxes?

    Find out how much it costs to hire an accountant and what benefits and services you can expect from your accountant.
  17. What credit card fees are tax deductible?

    What credit card fees are tax deductible?

    Learn about some of the unexpected tax deductions for fees incurred through credit card purchases for both individuals and ...
  18. Are debt-consolidation loans tax deductible?

    Are debt-consolidation loans tax deductible?

    Learn about consolidating debt and whether the interest payments on your debt consolidation loan can be deducted from your ...
  19. Is the interest on a home equity line of credit (HELOC) tax deductible?

    Is the interest on a home equity line of credit (HELOC) tax deductible?

    Learn the advantages of using a home equity line of credit, and find out how these low-rate loans also qualify for a tax ...
  20. Is the interest on my student loan tax deductible on my federal income taxes?

    Is the interest on my student loan tax deductible on my federal income taxes?

    Find out how you can deduct interest payments for qualified student loans from your income taxes, and learn about restrictions ...
  21. Are fringe benefits deductible for the employer?

    Are fringe benefits deductible for the employer?

    Learn how the IRS treats the taxation of fringe benefits provided by an employer to employees, contractors, partners and ...
  22. How are Pay As You Go pension plan benefits taxed?

    How are Pay As You Go pension plan benefits taxed?

    Discover how the IRS treats pay-as-you-go pension plan benefits that are received as income in retirement, both for Social ...
  23. Must I pay Social Security taxes on my earnings after full retirement age?

    Must I pay Social Security taxes on my earnings after full retirement age?

    Paying Social Security contributions continues even past reaching full retirement age, but that can increase future Social ...
  24. Are Social Security survivor benefits for children considered taxable income?

    Are Social Security survivor benefits for children considered taxable income?

    Learn why receiving Social Security survivor benefits on behalf of children does not affect income tax for a surviving parent ...
  25. How much of my income goes to Social Security taxes?

    How much of my income goes to Social Security taxes?

    Discover how much of your income goes to social security tax: what the rate is, what the limits are and what types of income ...
  26. Are fringe benefits direct or indirect costs?

    Are fringe benefits direct or indirect costs?

    Learn how to allocate costs associated with fringe benefits provided to employees and how to determine when a cost is either ...
  27. The Most Helpful Tools On The IRS.gov Website

    The Most Helpful Tools On The IRS.gov Website

    Don’t waste your time wading through the slew of private and corporate tax websites out there. Go straight to the source: ...
  28. The Top Nonprofit Organizations

    The Top Nonprofit Organizations

    Did you know basketball and volleyball were invented by instructors at a charity?
  29. How is a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) taxed?

    How is a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) taxed?

    Discover how the Government of Canada treats Registered Retirement Income Funds and how you can use them to limit income ...
  30. Is a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRA tax deductible?

    Learn everything you need to know about your SEP IRA, including the benefits to employers and whether or not a SEP IRA is ...
  31. How are Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRAs taxed?

    Understand the tax advantages of a Simplified Employee Pension IRA plan, and find out how both the employer and the employee ...
  32. Are Roth IRAs tax deductible?

    Calculate your potential tax savings when you contribute to a Roth IRA. Tax credits are available to individuals who meet ...
  33. How are Social Security benefits affected by your income?

    Understand the relationship between a worker's earned income and benefits he or she receives from Social Security in retirement, ...
  34. How are preferred stock dividends taxed?

    Discover the intriguing debt and equity characteristics of preferred stock, and learn about how preferred stock dividends ...
  35. Are Social Security benefits taxable?

    Find out what rules and guidelines govern if your social security benefits are taxable. Learn how to determine if you are ...
  36. What are the main reasons not to get a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)?

    Find out some of the reasons why you might want to reconsider opening up a Registered Retirement Savings Plan and instead ...
  37. Can I own Master Limited Partnerships (MLP) on my Roth IRA?

    Learn how to invest in master limited partnerships, or MLPs, in your Roth IRA for access to high yields, but be careful to ...
  38. How are effective tax rates calculated from income statements?

    Learn how to read an income statement and how to find the information necessary to calculate a company's effective income ...
  39. What is the tax rate of a Roth IRA if I withdraw it for the purchase of a house?

    Use your Roth IRA to fund the purchase of your first home, and learn how the distribution could qualify for a waiver of taxes ...
  40. Is a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) taxable in the U.S.?

    Learn how the IRS treats Canadian Registered Retirement Savings Plans that are held by U.S. citizens or residents, and discover ...
  41. How is a Roth 401(k) taxed?

    Learn about the tax advantages of using a Roth 401(k), with tax-free earnings and no required minimum distributions, if this ...
  42. Can I withdraw money from my Roth IRA?

    Withdrawing money from you Roth IRA is taxed and penalized under certain conditions. Learn about the five-year rule and prerequisites ...
  43. How does taxation on life insurance for a qualified retirement plan work?

    Purchase life insurance in your qualified retirement plan using pre-tax dollars. Be aware of other ways that life insurance ...
  44. How do I report Simple IRA contributions on a W2?

    Learn how Savings Incentive Match for Employees, or SIMPLE IRA, contributions are reported for the participant on Form W2 ...
  45. 10 Steps For First-Time Home Buyers

    10 Steps For First-Time Home Buyers

    It's probably the biggest purchase you've ever made. Here's exactly what to do to prepare yourself and get the best possible ...
  46. Credits For First-Time Home Buyers

    Credits For First-Time Home Buyers

    To encourage Americans to buy their first homes, the government offers credits and tax breaks. Even better, you may not need ...
  47. Federal Tax Brackets

    Federal Tax Brackets

    Why do we have income tax brackets? What do they do for us? Read this to understand the basics and where to find your own ...
  48. Deferred Tax Asset

    Deferred Tax Asset

    A Deferred Tax Asset is an asset on a company’s balance sheet that may be used to reduce taxable income. It is the opposite ...
  49. 7 Secret Fees Cutting Into Your Travel Budget

    We're in the midst of the travel-planning season, as solo travelers and families gear up for domestic and international holiday ...
  50. Are stock dividends and stock splits taxed?

    Understand different tax implications for dividend payments and stock splits; main factors include the type of account and ...
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