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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 7 Secret Fees Cutting Into Your Travel Budget

    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 ...
  5. How are real estate taxes calculated?

    How are real estate taxes calculated?

    Find out how real estate taxes are calculated; failure to pay these taxes that can be a substantial annual expense can lead ...
  6. What are the contribution limits of a 401(k) vs. a Roth 401(k)?

    What are the contribution limits of a 401(k) vs. a Roth 401(k)?

    Learn to choose correctly between a 401(k) and a Roth 401(k) retirement plan to maximize the amount of money available to ...
  7. Are stock dividends and stock splits taxed?

    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 ...
  8. When are businesses required to use accrual accounting?

    When are businesses required to use accrual accounting?

    Determine when the accrual accounting method must be used instead of cash accounting. Most businesses use accrual accounting ...
  9. How The IRS Works: Functions & Audits

    How The IRS Works: Functions & Audits

    Even the most enlightened citizen curses taxes, possibly while simultaneously acknowledging that they're the price of a civilized ...
  10. What economic indicators do oil and gas investors need to watch?

    What economic indicators do oil and gas investors need to watch?

    Leading indicators for oil and gas investments are centered around the levels of production, consumer demand and inventory ...
  11. What's the difference between a 401(k) and a Roth IRA?

    What's the difference between a 401(k) and a Roth IRA?

    Discover that a 401(k) and a Roth IRA differ primarily on tax treatment, investment options, employer involvement, and limitations ...
  12. What is the penalty for taking money out of my 401(k) before I'm 59 years old?

    What is the penalty for taking money out of my 401(k) before I'm 59 years old?

    Learn why withdrawing from a 401(k) plan before age 59 carries an extra 10 percent tax penalty. Only a few circumstances ...
  13. Will I have to pay taxes on my 401(k) plan if I quit my job?

    Will I have to pay taxes on my 401(k) plan if I quit my job?

    Quitting your job does not trigger a taxable event for your 401(k) funds unless you elect to cash out your account and take ...
  14. Can real estate be depreciated?

    Can real estate be depreciated?

    Decrease the amount of taxable income on your income-producing real estate by depreciating the asset on your federal income ...
  15. How can I make sure I get all my eligible deductions?

    How can I make sure I get all my eligible deductions?

    Most tax preparation software does a good job. However, like any recipe, the end results are only as good as what goes into ...
  16. 5 Services To Usher In New Clients

    5 Services To Usher In New Clients

    Discover ways in which advisors are increasingly choosing to promote their businesses.
  17. After-Tax Balance Rules For Retirement Accounts

    After-Tax Balance Rules For Retirement Accounts

    Accumulating post-tax assets can work to your advantage. Find out how.
  18. Changes In Tax Legislation And Regulation

    Changes In Tax Legislation And Regulation

    Keeping on top of these amendments can help you avoid penalties and take advantage of benefits.
  19. Should You Convert Your IRA?

    Should You Convert Your IRA?

    Discover the factors you must weigh to make this decision.
  20. New Retirement Plan Limits For 2011

    New Retirement Plan Limits For 2011

    New changes to the law can have a huge impact on your nest egg.
  21. Rolling Over Company Stock: A Decision To Think Twice About

    Rolling Over Company Stock: A Decision To Think Twice About

    It may be more beneficial for you to pay tax now than deferring it to an IRA. We show you how and why.
  22. Tax Treatment Of Roth IRA Distributions

    Tax Treatment Of Roth IRA Distributions

    Learn the requirements for withdrawing funds tax and penalty free.
  23. 10 Sources Of Nontaxable Income

    10 Sources Of Nontaxable Income

    Taxes are often a deterrent from investing and saving. These financial practices will bring you no tax grief.
  24. What aids will help me file my own tax return?

    What aids will help me file my own tax return?

    Most of us will shy away from doing our own tax returns, especially if it involves reporting capital gains or losses, education ...
  25. Everything You Should Know About Corporate-Owned Life Insurance

    Everything You Should Know About Corporate-Owned Life Insurance

    This type of insurance is a policy taken out on you by your company. Read on to find what it's all about.
  26. 4 Overlooked Homeownership Costs

    4 Overlooked Homeownership Costs

    Mortgage payments aren't the only expense. Find what else you'll be on the hook for.
  27. Are there special benefits for U.S. armed forces personnel?

    Are there special benefits for U.S. armed forces personnel?

    If you are a member of the military, you may be afforded special tax benefits that might not be available to other taxpayers. ...
  28. Tax-Saving Advice For IRA Holders

    Tax-Saving Advice For IRA Holders

    Be informed about benefits and deductions that may apply to you and avoid costly mistakes on your return.
  29. Earnings within a Roth IRA are tax free, so are these earnings included in the modified ...

    Earnings within a Roth IRA are tax free, so are these earnings included in the modified ...

    There are two possible answers to this question, depending on whether or not the distribution from the Roth IRA is qualified.Earnings ...
  30. Can I donate stock to charity?

    Can I donate stock to charity?

    Giving stock, instead of cash, as a donation can greatly benefit both parties. You will find that most charities, hospitals, ...
  31. Can high-income earners deduct yearly defined-benefit plan contributions of over ...

    Can high-income earners deduct yearly defined-benefit plan contributions of over ...

    At a very high income level (say from $300,000 plus per year), you may be able to contribute and deduct the $100,000 contribution ...
  32. Will You Break Even On Your Home?

    Will You Break Even On Your Home?

    Calculate how much your property will need to appreciate to cover the costs of owning it.
  33. Top 7 Estate Planning Mistakes

    Top 7 Estate Planning Mistakes

    Many people try to avoid this process altogether, making things difficult for heirs.
  34. Eight Financial Safeguards If Disaster Strikes

    Eight Financial Safeguards If Disaster Strikes

    In an emergency like a fire, hurricane, flood, tornado or earthquake, you may not be able to protect your home. But you can ...
  35. The 5% Solution To Financial Freedom

    The 5% Solution To Financial Freedom

    How can you save the recommended 10% of your income? We'll show you how to get there.
  36. Expanding Your Small Business With An SBA Loan

    Expanding Your Small Business With An SBA Loan

    Should you look to the Small Business Administration for a loan for your company? The pros and cons of going the SBA route, ...
  37. Using Life Insurance To Make Charitable Donations

    Using Life Insurance To Make Charitable Donations

    Your life insurance policy can be a great tool for charitable giving. Find out how.
  38. 5 Tax(ing) Retirement Mistakes

    5 Tax(ing) Retirement Mistakes

    Don't let these simple errors take the luster off your golden years.
  39. 10 Steps To Tax Preparation

    10 Steps To Tax Preparation

    Follow these simple steps to get you ready for the income tax deadline of April 15.
  40. Don't Forget To Take Minimum Distributions

    Don't Forget To Take Minimum Distributions

    Take the right required minimum distributions from IRAs, 401(k)s and the like, starting the year you reach age 70 ½. There's ...
  41. State Laws Dictate Division Of Joint Property

    State Laws Dictate Division Of Joint Property

    In breakup, divorce or death, community or common law will determine how property is divided.
  42. Understanding Mortgage Impound Accounts

    Understanding Mortgage Impound Accounts

    Home buyers with low down payments may get stuck with higher mortgage payments. Find out what you get for the extra money. ...
  43. Will You Pay Taxes During Retirement?

    Will You Pay Taxes During Retirement?

    Income taxes are one of the things that's certain in life. We'll explain the different tax situations when you retire.
  44. Top 10 Life Insurance Myths

    Top 10 Life Insurance Myths

    The most difficult aspect of this complex product is determining how much coverage you need and why.
  45. Cut Taxes By Reporting Property Damage

    Cut Taxes By Reporting Property Damage

    Know the options you have for your insured property if and when a disaster strikes.
  46. Downsize Your Home To Downsize Expenses

    Downsize Your Home To Downsize Expenses

    Learn how to cut your mortgage, tax, gas and utilities bills.
  47. Discover Master Limited Partnerships

    Discover Master Limited Partnerships

    These unique investments provide significant tax advantages.
  48. 2010: The Year To Convert Your IRA

    2010: The Year To Convert Your IRA

    Thanks to fewer restrictions, it's now easier than ever to convert your traditional IRA into a Roth IRA.
  49. Pick The Perfect Trust

    Pick The Perfect Trust

    Trusts are an estate plan's anchor, but the terminology can be confusing. We cut through the clutter.
  50. Tax-Free Savings Accounts And Instruments

    Tax-Free Savings Accounts And Instruments

    There aren't many places where you can save your money tax free, but there are a few. Check out these savings accounts and ...
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  1. 5 Ways To Make Your Home Remodels Pay Off

    Here are five ways to make your home renovation worth the money and effort you put into it.
  2. Differences Between Private Foundations And Public Charities

    Here's a look at the differences between these types of charitable organizations.
  3. How To Monetize Your YouTube Channel

    YouTube's Partner Program helps users earn money through their channels. Find out how.
  4. The World's Most Valuable Private Companies

    In spite of the rewards going public can bring, some companies prefer to remain private, and they are very successful in this.
  5. Is Cyber Monday The New Black Friday?

    Cyber Monday is becoming more popular than Black Friday. Here's why.
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