Category: Personal Finance

Don’t Panic If You Can’t Pay Your Taxes!

Afraid to file your tax return because you owe money you can't afford to pay? Big unexpected tax bills can set off your panic button… but you don’t have to worry about paying your taxes. This situation is easier to handle than you think, especially when you take a proactive approach instead of ignoring the problem...

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How To Fill Out Schedule C If You're Self-Employed

If you're self-employed, work as a freelancer or contractor, or have a side gig, you are a business. And that means you'll need to fill out Schedule C as part of your federal income tax return. When you use Schedule C, you can deduct business expenses against the money you earned to lower your income......

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How to File Your Taxes for FREE in 2021

Want to file your taxes for free? You can... but you'll want to make sure you don't end up paying to "free-file." There are a lot of free tax prep programs available…and there are many that start out as free but then hit you with fees when it’s time to file. Here we’ll take a...

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3 Ways You’re LOSING Money by Getting a Big Tax Refund

Updated for 2021 Most of us celebrate getting a huge tax refund – we have big plans for that money every year. We act like getting that big chunk of change is a good thing, but it’s not. In fact, you actually lose money by giving the Federal government an interest-free loan every year. According...

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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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8 Things Debt Collectors CAN’T Do

Your quick guide to successfully dealing with debt collectors Please Note: This article may contain affiliate links. If you click on those links, I may receive compensation.   If you’re being hounded by debt collectors, keep reading. Collectors run the spectrum from annoying to predatory. Those constant calls can create a permanent knot in your gut...

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