Category: You Need to Know This

You Can Deduct up to $2,500 of Student Loan Interest

UPDATED FOR 2021 If you’re paying down a student loan, you can deduct up to $2,500 of the interest on your tax return – and you don’t even have to itemize to get that deduction. And while there are limits how much you can deduct, millions of  Americans can benefit from this valuable “above-the-line” deduction....

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Save An Extra $1,000 On Your Taxes With This Little-Known Credit

UPDATED FOR 2021 Most people have no idea they could shrink their tax bills by up to $1,000 extra. But it’s actually very easy. Plus, it’s in the form of a tax credit – called the Saver’s Credit – that benefits you twice. First, this is a tax credit, not a tax deduction. A tax...

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Financial Protections Are Disappearing – Start Defending Your Money Today

Many of us are still recovering from the nightmare financial crisis of 2008 – just getting back on our financial feet, finally seeing our retirement funds bounce back. But greedy bankers and the new banker-friendly administration are working together to put our finances in peril, so they can get even richer. And they’re doing that...

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How do I Open an Online Checking Account?

Virtually all U.S. banks make it very easy to add online and app services to your regular checking account – so if you already have a checking account, you just need to sign up. If it’s your first time opening an account, you can do the whole thing online. Which bank you choose can depend...

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An Open Letter to Our Representatives: Please don't raise taxes for single moms!

An Open Letter to Senator Mike Crapo (Chairman) and Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (Ranking Member) of the Senate Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, and Congressman Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Please don’t raise taxes for single moms! As a single mom, I worry about money from the moment...

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What is a Blind Trust, Anyway?

There’s a lot of talk about blind trusts in the news, along with a lot of conflicting and incorrect information. So here’s how a real deal blind trust works. First piece of business: A trust is just an arrangement where one person manages assets (like money and investments) for another person. Next, let’s define the...

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