Category: Do Your Own Taxes

Two Education Tax Credits Put Big Money Back in Your Pocket

UPDATED FOR 2021 Paying for college is crazy expensive - even when it's mostly online. And if you’re footing the bill for more than one education, your finances are probably stretched pretty thin. Two tax credits can help put more money back in your pocket: The American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit....

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Help! I Got IRS Notice CP-2000

How to handle tax notices from the IRS You just got a letter from the IRS. Your first reaction may involve panic… and that can lead to not dealing with the letter at all. Avoiding that IRS notice could end up costing you a lot of money. So take a breath, grab the letter, and...

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3 Big Tax Changes You Need to Know for Tax Year 2020

Please Note: This article may contain affiliate links. If you click on those links, I may receive compensation.   The last you want to be thinking about now is next year’s tax return. This year has been chaotic, frightening, confusing, stressful, and mostly exhausting. So piling on the thought of taxes sounds… taxing. But this is...

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How to Open a Roth IRA in Under 30 Minutes

You need to do this today. Single moms – women in general, actually – are waaayyyyyy behind when it comes to retirement savings. We all have plenty of reasons for this… but when we’re 80 and out of money, those reasons won’t matter at all. So today we are going to take 30 minutes to...

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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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