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  1. Which has the higher payoff: garage sale or donation?

    Garage Sale vs. Donation

    Which offers you the bigger payoff?
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    Mortgage Amortization Strategies

    Should you get a 30-year mortgage? A 15-year one? Ways to decide which mortgage is the best fit.
  3. Sometimes you can withdraw money from your 401(k) before age 59.5 without a tax penalty

    When a 401(k) Hardship Withdrawal Makes Sense

    If you've exhausted all other avenues, there are ways to withdraw funds before age 59½ – sometimes without the 10% penalty ...
  4. Do U.S. High Corporate Tax Rates Hurt Americans?

    The United States has the highest corporate tax rate of the 34 developed, free-market nations that make up the Organization ...
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    Earnings before interest and taxes, or EBIT, takes a company’s revenue, or earnings, and subtracts its cost of goods sold ...
  6. Top 2014 Muni Bond ETFs

    Top 2014 Muni Bond ETFs

    April 15 came and went, but the memory of how much of your pay the IRS helped itself to should remain clear. As should the ...
  7. The way for higher-income earners to access Roth IRAs and grow their retirement funds.

    How Can I Fund A Roth IRA If My Income Is Too High To Make Direct Contributions?

    Roth IRAs are not available to you if you are a high income earner - unless you use the following strategy.
  8. Tax Dodging Companies Cost You More Than $1,200 Each Year

    Every year that multinational corporations and wealthy individuals lower their U.S. tax bills by stashing profits in off-shore ...
  9. I Didn’t File Taxes, Now What?

    April 15 has come and gone, but if you didn’t file your tax bill, all is not lost, even if you think you will owe taxes. ...
  10. The Pros And Cons Of The Mortgage Interest Deduction

    Perhaps the most highly-debated “benefit” to owning a home is the mortgage interest deduction.
  11. Ignoring the new IRA rollover rule could cost taxpayers plenty

    Avoid Taxes on IRA Rollovers

    For years, IRA owners have been allowed to roll over their money from one IRA to another once a year without penalty, for ...
  12. Five Tax Myths That Can Cost You Cash

    Five Tax Myths That Can Cost You Cash

    Relying on the wrong ideas about how to file your taxes could cost you plenty.
  13. Six Ways Your Tax Preparer Knows You're Lying

    Six Ways Your Tax Preparer Knows You're Lying

    An experienced tax preparer can usually sense when a customer is providing fraudulent information to them. Find out what ...
  14. Many U.S. corporations keep funds overseas

    Overseas Cash Hoards: Shareholder Boon Or Taxpayer Burden?

    American corporations are holding something in the neighborhood of $1.5 trillion in cash in the coffers of their offshore ...
  15. The Demise Of The Refund Anticipation Loan

    Why The IRS Blocked Refund Anticipation Loans

    Refund Anticipation Loans provided tax preparers with a substantial stream of income for several decades. But high fees and ...
  16. The definitive Bitcoin tax guide

    Bitcoin IRS Tax Guide For Individual Filers

    The is the most comprehensive analysis to date about the IRS tax guidance on virtual currencies like Bitcoin, announced in ...
  17. The Future Of The Tax Preparation Industry

    The Gloomy Future Of The Tax Preparation Industry

    It's often said all that is certain are death and taxes. By extension, undertakers and tax preparers should enjoy similar ...
  18. Could The Fair Tax Movement Ever Replace The IRS?

    Could The Fair Tax Movement Ever Replace The IRS?

    Although many taxpayers would love to see the IRS abolished, only a handful of thinkers have come up with any sort of viable ...
  19. Six Ways Your Tax Preparer Knows You're Lying

    Six Ways Your Tax Preparer Knows You're Lying

    An experienced tax preparer can usually sense when a customer is providing fraudulent information to them. Find out what ...
  20. 2014 Retirement Benefit Changes

    Retirement Tax Changes For 2014

    To save efficiently for retirement, it pays to keep abreast of tax law changes. Limits on contributions for some plans have ...
  21. Obama Budget Released: Who Are The Winners And Losers?

    Obama Budget Released: Who Are The Winners And Losers?

    Tuesday President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.9 trillion budget for fiscal year 2015 that includes new programs for education ...
  22. How Powerful Is The IRS?

    How Powerful Is The IRS?

    The IRS has considerable power to enforce tax collection and reporting. But does it have too much power?
  23. Need To Enroll In Obamacare? File Your Taxes

    Need To Enroll In Obamacare? File Your Taxes

    Taxpayers who need to obtain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act can now do so easily and conveniently when they ...
  24. Obama's retirement policy

    Obama’s Retirement Cap Could Hit Middle Class

    President Obama plans to place new limits on how much Americans can contribute to tax-deferred retirement plans. Retirees ...
  25. What Is A Retirement Saver's Tax Credit?

    What Is A Retirement Saver's Tax Credit?

    Here, we take an in-depth look a tax credit designed to provide relief to some people who are saving for retirement.
  26. What To Do When You Can’t Pay Your Taxes

    What To Do When You Can’t Pay Your Taxes

    Falling behind on your tax obligations is the financial equivalent of a root canal. Take the pain away by following these ...
  27. Tax Deduction Guide: Contractors Vs. Employees

    Tax Deduction Guide: Contractors Vs. Employees

    The following are deductions independent contractors can write off, employees can write off, and a few that overlap.
  28. In his State of the Union address, President Obama outlined two proposals - an increase in the minimum wage and an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) - that could boost wages for workers and stimulate the economy.

    Obama's Minimum Wage and EITC Proposals - What Taxpayers Should Know

    Investopedia explains: In his State of the Union address, President Obama outlined two proposals - a minimum wage increase ...
  29. How To File A Tax Extension

    How To File A Tax Extension

    Learn the process you need to follow to grant yourself an extra six months on the deadline for filing your tax return.
  30. Why Do So Many People Fall Behind On Their Taxes?

    Why Do So Many People Fall Behind On Their Taxes?

    Despite the threat of owing thousands of dollars to possibly the most feared organization in the U.S., millions of Americans ...
  31. Key Steps In Choosing The Best Tax Preparation Software

    Key Steps In Choosing The Best Tax Preparation Software

    U.S. taxpayers left over $1 billion on the table in missed tax deductions in 2013. Would using tax software prevent you from ...
  32. 8 Ways To Use Your Tax Refund Wisely

    Eight Ways To Use Your Tax Refund Wisely

    Here are some ways to get the most out of your tax refund check.
  33. Tax deductions and credits aren't just for big companies

    6 Tax Credits That Anyone Can Claim

    Tax deductions and credits aren't just for big companies. You might be surprised how many tax breaks apply to your return.
  34. 6 Tax Myths Everyone Should Know

    6 Tax Myths Everyone Should Know

    There are many tax myths that have grown out of general tax confusion. Learning about them can help you avoid costly mistakes.
  35. New Taxes Under The Affordable Care Act

    New Taxes Under The Affordable Care Act

    Find out what you need to know about the 21 new tax changes linked to the ACA.
  36. How To Negotiate Back Taxes With The IRS

    How To Negotiate Back Taxes With The IRS

    Recently, the IRS has been more amenable to working out late tax payments. But you have to address the problem up front, ...
  37. How To File Your Child's First Income Tax Return

    How To File Your Child's First Income Tax Return

    Use this quick parental guide to help your child learn the tax filing process and establish good habits.
  38. How Long Should I Keep My Tax Records?

    How Long Should I Keep My Tax Records?

    Having the right information available when the IRS calls can save you considerable time, money and stress. Learn how long ...
  39. How To Get The Most Money Back On Your Tax Return

    How To Get The Most Money Back On Your Tax Return

    These tips will help you get a larger refund this year, while teaching you how to pay less taxes going forward.
  40. Tax Filing Considerations For Same-Sex Couples

    Tax Issues For Same-Sex Spouses

    The tax rules for same-sex spouses are largely the same as for traditional filers, but there are a few special considerations ...
  41. Tax Breaks For Second-Home Owners

    Tax Breaks For Second-Home Owners

    Owning a second home is a great investment for a variety of reasons, but you need to know the tax implications of multi-home ...
  42. RSUs represent an unsecured promise by the employer to grant a set number of shares of stock to the employee upon the completion of the vesting schedule.

    How Restricted Stock And RSUs Are Taxed

    This form of executive compensation limits how these stocks can be sold. Find out more here.
  43. Tax Software Vs. An Accountant: Which Is Right For You?

    Tax Software Vs. An Accountant: Which Is Right For You?

    We look at the pros and cons of using tax software versus an accountant when filing your tax return.
  44. Through opportunistic tax-loss harvesting, you can increase your returns indirectly.

    Tax-Loss Harvesting: Reduce Investment Losses

    The option to bolster after-tax stock returns through tax-loss harvesting can reverse investor gloom.
  45. Diversification means adding securities from different parts of the globe.

    Understanding Taxation Of Foreign Investments

    Technically, any gains from foreign investments owned by an American citizen are subject to tax by the company's home country ...
  46. Tax-Smart Ways To Help Your Kids/Grandkids Pay For College

    Tax-Smart Ways To Help Your Kids/Grandkids Pay For College

    Learn about plans and accounts that allow you to efficiently save for your child or grandchild’s education while shielding ...
  47. Several major tax benefits are available for oil and gas investors that are found nowhere else in the tax code.

    Oil: A Big Investment With Big Tax Breaks

    Oil and gas investments can provide unmatched deduction potential for accredited investors.
  48. Tax efficiency is essential to maximizing returns.

    A Beginner's Guide To Tax-Efficient Investing

    Find out how to manage your portfolio to minimize your tax burden.
  49. Celebrate the season of giving by sharing a little bit of your prosperity with the people, animals and causes that really need your support.

    The Christmas Saints Of Wall Street

    Learn how some of world's richest people spread holiday cheer year-round.
  50. Major Tax Credits Expiring In 2013

    Major Tax Credits Expiring In 2013

    Here are the major changes and tips that you need to know before filing your taxes for 2013.
  51. Last-Minute Tax Tips For 2013

    Last-Minute Tax Tips For 2013

    A combination of new taxes and expiring tax reductions and new surtaxes are conspiring to make your 2013 taxes – and your ...
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