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Donald Trump rides a rocket throwing tax cash everywhere (illustrated)

Why Trump’s Tax Plan Is Actually Good For Average Americans

November 17, 2017 | Holden Miller

Trump’s tax plan may not sound great to its critics, but it’s great for you.

Donald Trump celebrates the anniversary of his election with a birthday cake (illustrated)

Are You Happier Now?

November 9, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

It’s been a year since America elected Trump. What have we got to show for it?

Can they garnish my wages so much I have to bust my piggy bank?

Can The Government Garnish My Wages Till I’m Broke?

October 4, 2017 | Steve Rhode

A reader earns only $11,000 a year, but she’s being garnished $300 a month.

Trump carries off a wheelbarrow of tax break cash while an ordinary guy looks at his empty pockets (illustrated)

Who Is Going to Get a Big Trump Tax Cut?

May 4, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Hint: His name starts with T and ends with rump. But at least it’s not Paul Ryan’s plan, and maybe if he gets a big break he’ll leave us all alone.

spending tax refund

Should You Spend Your Tax Refund Now? 

April 21, 2017 | Dori Zinn

A quarter of Americans expecting a tax return will spend their money before they get it.

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Millennials Would Rather Pack on the Pounds Than Pay Taxes

April 17, 2017 | Dori Zinn

If you could get out of paying your taxes, would you rather gain 20 pounds, drop Wi-Fi for a year, or see your credit score plummet?

millennials in debt

Millennials Act Strange Around Tax Season

April 14, 2017 | Joe Pye

They finish their taxes early and save their refunds out of fear of messing up.

tax fraud

Waiting Until Tax Day to File Is How You Get Ripped Off

April 13, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Tax-related identity theft is increasing, and experts say we ignore easy ways to protect ourselves by stressing about filing.

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Settling the Splurges

March 28, 2017 | Dori Zinn

As more Americans plan to save their tax refunds, fewer plan shopping sprees.

Millennials and money: Financial fears have them stressing at work and beyond

Americans Dread Tax Season

March 24, 2017 | Joe Pye

Most of us are confident we can file our taxes, but we hate doing it.

tax fraud

Our Tax Data Keeps Getting Stolen but It’s All Good

March 15, 2017 | Dori Zinn

We might have had billions of dollars in tax fraud last year but most Americans aren’t worried about getting scammed.

Do you pay use tax?

Tax Refunds Are Helping Us Save

March 13, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most Americans will save their money or pay off debt with their returns.

Tax Day tips and facts to avoid tax debt

Join the Club, Tax Refund Savers

March 6, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most of us will stash away our refunds this year, as fewer Americans plan to spend them.

Be careful when dealing with the IRS

Beware These 10 Common and Costly Tax Mistakes

February 24, 2017 | Money Talks News

It’s time. Your W-2s and 1099s are likely making their way to your mailbox or inbox right now. Odds are good you’re ready to get your taxes done as soon as possible, since the odds are also good you’re getting a refund. Last year, about 80 percent of Americans got one, averaging around $2,800. But as […]

medical expenses debt

Tax Refunds Aren’t Getting Us Out of Debt

February 23, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Forty percent of American families are making thousands of dollars in medical, auto, or tax payments at some point in a year but even after paying, they’re suffering from crippling debt.

Do you pay use tax?

The Big, Important Tax Credit You’re Missing

February 22, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The majority of Americans are eligible for a tax credit just for saving retirement money, but aren’t aware this credit exists.

Parents, veterans, and other Americans drop their petitions into the White House (illustrated)

Financial Issues Real Americans Want Trump to Solve

February 16, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

These desperate White House petitions aren’t getting much attention. Some of them deserve it.

2017 taxes

Good News! More Time to File Taxes This Year

February 13, 2017 | Dori Zinn

You get two extra days to file your taxes, but with some changes that are in effect this year you shouldn’t wait to file. Especially because your refund might be delayed if you claim a certain tax credit.

Taxes done for free

How to Prepare and File Your Taxes for Free

February 1, 2017 | Dori Zinn

There are plenty of ways to pay for tax help, but you don’t necessarily have to. The Internal Revenue Service helps millions of people annually file their taxes for free.

Do you pay use tax?

What’s In Store For Next Year With Your Taxes?

November 14, 2016 | Lucy Lazarony

Higher tax penalties and lower tax bills projected for 2017.

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How To Manage Your Finances When You Get A Raise

November 3, 2016 | Debt.com

Yes, you should think hard about what to do with this extra money.

Do you pay use tax?

Take a Few Minutes Now to Save Yourself $1,000 at Tax Time

October 25, 2016 | Money Talks News

Making these simple moves now can take a big bite out of what you owe Uncle Sam next April.

What is tax debt?

Ask The Expert: My Husband Is Taxing My Patience!

September 28, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s spouse didn’t turn in his taxes this year. What happens now?

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Dvorkin On Debt: Presidential Polling Isn’t The Most Important Kind

March 28, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Where polling matters most isn’t in politics. It’s in personal finance.

Tax Day tips and facts to avoid tax debt

Dvorkin On Debt: Tax Season Can Be Pleasing

March 7, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Doing your taxes isn’t fun, but the results can still make you smile.

Do you pay use tax?

Filing Your Taxes Might Become More Costly, Complicated

January 19, 2016 | Money Talks News

An IRS plan to focus on helping taxpayers via online accounts could cost you, a taxpayer watchdog warns.

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5 Green Home Upgrades That Also Buy You a Tax Break

December 15, 2015 | Money Talks News

Adding these renewable-energy systems to your home can lower heating or cooling costs — and your tax bill.

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15 Places to Find A Part-Time Accountant for Your Startup

August 11, 2015 | John Rampton

Sure, there’s accounting software. But sometimes, you need a human being to help you.

tax refunds

The Top Use For Tax Refunds: Paying Off Debt

March 25, 2015 | Jess Miller

Believe it or not, people are getting more responsible with their tax refunds. But it’s even better for you if you don’t get a refund at all.

Debt.com's founder and CPA Howard Dvorkin

13 Percent Of Americans Will Make This Stupid Mistake With Their Tax Refund

March 9, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

While most of us will do the right things, these otherwise intelligent adults will do this.

America Saves Week

America Saves Week: How To Save Money AND Time

February 23, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Give me 20 minutes, I’ll give you a guarantee: You’ll learn how to save big bucks on just about everything.

Get the Saver's Credit

Save Up To $2,000 On Taxes With the Saver’s Credit

February 17, 2015 | Brandon Ballenger

Most people don’t know that if you’re saving for retirement on a modest income, the federal government will cut you a break on taxes.

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Ask The Expert: Help Me Get Out Of Tax Debt!

February 11, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to know what to do if you owe taxes and cannot pay.

Taxes done for free

14 Places to Get Your Taxes Done For Free Online — And The Catches

February 5, 2015 | Brandon Ballenger

If you make less than $60,000 a year, you don’t have to pay for an accountant or online tax software. You can get free tax prep and a fast refund.

Debt.com's founder and CPA Howard Dvorkin

A Taxing Problem: ID Theft When You Turn In Your Tax Return

February 2, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Identity theft is already a serious problem. Combine it with tax season, and it’s a disaster.

Tax Day tips and facts to avoid tax debt

It’s Tax Day: fun facts and practical advice

April 15, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

If you’re not done, here’s how to finish quickly. If you are, here’s a good laugh.

Beat the IRA deadline and Uncle Sam, too.

How to hide thousands from Uncle Sam — legally

April 8, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

There’s still time to stuff an IRA full of tax-deferred or tax-free cash.

Uncle Sam seems to be the only one who knows what taxes pay for.

Most Americans have no idea what taxes pay for

March 24, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

The percentage of Americans who understand government spending is smaller than the percentage of tax money spent on national defense.

Do you pay use tax?

Most Americans don’t pay “use tax” — but they’re supposed to

March 19, 2014 | Brian Bienkowski

States could be itching to audit the 62 percent of Americans who don’t pay this online use tax.