Category: Do Your Own Taxes

11 Tips for Using Your Stimulus Prepaid Debit Card

How to avoid fees, pay bills, and beef up your bank account Don’t throw out the plain white envelope from Money Network Financial! That’s your Economic Impact Payment Card, the official name for your stimulus prepaid debit card. You’ll receive one of these prepaid debit cards if you’re eligible for a stimulus payment and the...

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Clearing Up PPP Loan Confusion

How to use the money for maximum loan forgiveness Updated September 2020 PPP (Payroll Protection Program) loan confusion has hit hard. Small business owners and self-employed people are scared to use the money the wrong way – but the rules have not been communicated clearly. That’s partly because new “interpretations” keep coming out, and partly...

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Stretch Out Your Cash with My 3-D Plan: Ditch, Delay, Decrease

If the Covid-19 crisis has you worried about money – and, honestly, I don’t know anyone (including me) who’s not – you can take some practical steps right now to preserve your cash. Most of the standard personal financial advice just doesn’t apply right now. All that matters in a time of extreme uncertainty is...

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Should I Withdraw from My IRA or 401k?

Know This BEFORE You Pull Money from Retirement Accounts The CARES Act (aka the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) made it easier than ever to borrow or withdraw money from your retirement accounts before retirement age. And even though most of the normal rules of personal finance have flown out the window during...

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$1,200: Everything You Need to Know About Your Stimulus Check

You have questions about the government stimulus checks. Here are the answers you can trust. Who gets a payment? Every adult with a Social Security number who earns no more than the income caps (those in a second) will get an automatic $1,200 payment from the IRS. The income limits are based on your adjusted...

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What to Do If the IRS Took Your Refund for Student Loans

Are you behind on your student loans? Many single moms face this same struggle. When budgets are super tight, student loan payments drop out of the “necessity” column. Because, honestly, those payments aren’t nearly as important as food, clothing, shelter, and medical care. And if you have federal loans, your lenders are hooked into the...

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