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Tips for Making the Most of Your Tax Refund

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Gail Cunningham

Although tax season is often the most dreaded time of year, many consumers actually look forward to getting what's owed to them, particularly since in recent years the average federal income tax refund has been in the $3,000 range. Once the refund is received, the question becomes one of how to responsibly use the money. Consumers should never lose sight of the fact that this is not found money, but simply Uncle Sam returning your mone... more

How to Budget Your Tax Refund


According to the IRS, the average tax refund is up 3 percent so far this year, to $3,034. That's a significant amount of money to receive with no plan in place. Some will receive their tax return and know exactly where they intend to spend that money, whereas others might want to be more strategic with their refund check. 3 Methods for Budgeting Your Tax Refund. 1. Elizabeth Warren's 50-30-20 Rule The 50-30-20 budget is a commonly ... more

8 Commonly Missed Tax Deductions

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It is that time of year again — tax season. In order to help get you organized and prepared for the grueling task of filing your taxes, here are some commonly missed tax deductions. By taking advantage of them, you have the potential to save hundreds or thousands of dollars. 1. Sales and Income Tax Many filers forget to include state sales and income tax as deductions. If you live in a state that doesn't impose an income tax, adding up... more

Where Will You Be in the 2014 Income Tax Brackets?

Couple stresses over finances. | Mar 04, 2014

Although many have finished their taxes  for the 2013 tax year, the start of the new year is also an ideal time to look ahead for the current tax year. This is especially true if you haven't looked over the updated 2014 income tax brackets, which the Internal Revenue Service adjusted for inflation and released in late October 2013. The adjustments increased the brackets by about 1.6 percent over figures from 2013. The New 2014 Income Tax... more

Last-Minute Tax Tips

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All military personnel have to file taxes, but there are several rules and provisions that military personnel should consider at tax time.  Here are five last-minute tax tips to consider. File by the appropriate deadline.  Although you may have a different deadline depending on your service status, you do need to make sure to file by the appropriate deadline.  File an extension if you have to, but don't miss any deadlines or you'll make... more

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    Tax Deductions Are Everywhere -- Do You Know Where to Look

    With tax season in full swing, you should take note of the many deductions and credits available to you because of your military service; whether on active duty or on reserve.

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    Although going back to school can be a pricey venture, military servicemen and women should keep in mind that their military status makes them eligible for certain education benefits.


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