Man is in shock over his back taxes bill

How Can I Not Freak Out About The IRS And My Back Taxes?

September 13, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s “idiot cousin” got him into tax debt. What can he do about the IRS — and his idiot cousin?

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What Tricks Can I Use To Raise My Credit Score?

September 6, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to buy a house, but his credit score is “in the toilet.”

President Donald Trump?

Does Debt.com Hate President Trump?

August 16, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is mad, but is his anger misplaced?

A private stash of hundreds of dollars hidden under the floor boards

How Do I Hide Money From My Girlfriend So I Can Hide It From My Wife?

August 9, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to start deceiving his girlfriend before he gets married.

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How Can I Save Major Money On Minor Surgery?

July 26, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is looking for healthcare savings before she needs a procedure.

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How Can I Stop Sweating About My HVAC Loan?

July 19, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader declared bankruptcy, but her air conditioning unit is the real problem now.

Strings of 101010 computer code spanning across the image, with IDENTITY THEFT embedded in red

How Can I NOT Be a Victim Of Identity Theft?

July 12, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: After her bank account is riddled with fraudulent checks, she wonders: Is anyone safe?

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Will I Make More Money Buying A House Or Paying Off My Credit Cards?

July 5, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader and her husband want a new house, but they don’t want old debt, either.

You can buy a car from a dealership even if you recently declared bankruptcy

Will Bankruptcy Keep Me From Buying A Car?

June 28, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader went bankrupt, and now years later, she needs a new set of wheels.

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How Friendly Is The IRS? Will They Work With Us?

June 21, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: A reader needs to rely on the kindness of the IRS. Believe it or not, that can work.

An older Gen X man sits in front of a laptop looking a bill for a debt he owes, showing signs of financial stress

How Do I Stop Being a Co-Signer On A Student Loan?

June 14, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to know how to stop being financially responsible for someone else’s debt.

An indebted woman ponders the question: can debt collectors come to your house?

Is It Legal For Debt Collectors To Ring My Doorbell?

June 7, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: A reader asks about debt collectors, repo men, and “Fonzi” schemes.

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How Do We Prepare For The Next Recession?

May 31, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader agrees with her husband: A recession is coming. They don’t agree on what to do about it.

A team of 2 firefighter of a German fire brigade after an exhausting training session with protective gear

Can Volunteer Firefighters Get Student Loan Forgiveness?

May 24, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to know if you need a real job to get real debt relief.

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Can The United States Help Me Get Out Of Debt When I’m Abroad?

May 10, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader has as much debt as income. He’s out of the country. Can he still get out of debt?

Man with his credit card in front of computer takes notes on his financial habits

Ask The Expert: How Do I Hide Debt From My Girlfriend Till We Get Married?

May 3, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is looking for a “hack” to avoid telling his girlfriend the truth.

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Ask The Expert: Should We NOT Send Our Son To College?

April 26, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader and his wife are arguing about college for their son.

A couple looks at their finances and struggles to decide if they should pay bills like credit cards or save for retirement

How Do We Save For Retirement And Pay All Our Bills?

April 19, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to know how to survive “the sandwich” — without evicting his mother-in-law.

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Ask the Expert: Are Debt Management Plans Legit?

April 12, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wonders if the letters DMP are A-OK.

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Ask the Expert: How Sick Is This Form Of Identity Theft?

April 5, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader thinks his identity was stolen from an urgent care center. Now what?

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It’s Financial Literacy Month. Give Yourself Some Credit! [VIDEO]

April 4, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This month, Debt.com answers all your questions – in under a minute.

The stock market continues to rise and break records, but are Trump and the stock market a match made in Heaven?

Ask the Expert: Jump On The Trump Train?

March 29, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: A reader wants to dive into the stock market and clean up. But is he making a mess?

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How Many Credit Cards Is Too Many?

March 22, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s husband doesn’t use half his cards. Should he keep them for emergencies or get rid of them?

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Ask the Expert: Can I Ask a Personal Question?

March 15, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to know how Howard hires.

Balance between budget and debt can be achieved with a credit counseling solution

Ask The Expert: What’s The Least Bad Answer?

March 8, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A husband and wife have competing plans for getting out of debt. Alas, both are terrible.

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Ask Howard: Is It Better to Save or Invest?

March 1, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader who just got out of a decade’s worth of debt wants to know what to do with her sudden surplus.

Credit card debt

Ask The Expert: Are Gift Cards Tacky Wedding Presents?

February 22, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is upset her boyfriend only gives gift cards as presents. Here’s a compromise.

You can buy a car from a dealership even if you recently declared bankruptcy

What’s The Difference Between “Used” And “Pre-Owned”?

February 15, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: A couple isn’t sure how to replace their two broken-down cars.

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Why Even Bother with New Year’s Resolutions?

February 8, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: The Super Bowl blew up a boyfriend’s promise to pay off debt.

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Ask The Expert: Is This A Legit Reason Not To Get Married?

January 25, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is angry at his Internet-unsafe fiancee.