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When you are carrying a balance on a high-interest credit card, receiving a 0% balance transfer offer can be enticing. After all, shifting the balance from a high-interest credit card to a no-interest card means saving money on interest and paying down the balance faster. But how will the balance transfer impact your credit score?
We are a nation addicted to our phones. And while we might sleep with them and take them on vacation, what we aren’t doing is talking on them. Yet despite our aversion to talking on the phone, mastering the phone interview is a necessity if you want to land a job, so here are a few tips on how to nail this crucial step in the job searching struggle.
If you’re planning on having a baby, what are the things you should know about maternity leave? How can you cover expenses during a complicated pregnancy?
When you’re seeking out sound financial answers, be wary of the source. Next time someone offers their tax advice, look out for these 8 red flags.
A new report from the JPMorgan Chase Institute analyzed data from nearly 600,000 small businesses across the US whose owners hold Chase Business Banking deposit accounts. The report found that only half maintain a cash buffer large enough to support 27 days of typical cash outflows.
Even a financially self-sufficient young adult that files their own tax return can still be considered a dependent student. Here's what parents and students need to know about FAFSA dependency status.
Last year, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH ) Act made permanent a number of expiring tax extenders. Although that legislation thankfully made planning for 2016 a little more certain, there are still a handful of tax provisions that are due to expire at the end of this year.
The IRS taxes certain capital gains at a lower rate than other types of investment income. So understanding the ins and outs of capital gains is important for any investor and their investment strategy.
Hiring a CPA costs more than do-it-yourself solutions like TurboTax or QuickBooks, but often these professionals can ultimately save you money by using their expertise to find tax-saving strategies or helping you gain access to funding opportunities the average person isn’t aware of.
While both tax avoidance and tax evasion may sound like something that could get you in trouble with the IRS, tax avoidance is legal, while tax evasion is not. Tax avoidance means taking steps to lower your tax bill. Tax evasion, on the other hand, is deliberately paying less than you legally owe. This article helps readers learn about the difference between tax avoidance vs. tax evasion, and how to avoid having the IRS target them for not paying their fair share.
Tracking income and expenses are critical for businesses of any size, but it isn’t easy to manage without the right tools. For some, a simple spreadsheet might suffice. However, if you need to track outstanding invoices and classify several different categories of expenses, accounting software can save a lot of time. There are several types of accounting software available to you, from free options with basic functions to robust solutions with all the bells and whistles.
If you recently filed your tax return and were expecting a nice, fat refund check, you might be shocked to check the refund status and discover it’s no longer coming. There are several situations in which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can legally seize your refund. So before crying foul, consider whether one of these situations applies to you.
Home equity loans and home equity lines of credit are common ways to tap your home equity. Each has its pros and cons, and comes with risks. Here’s a quick guide to help you decide when one might be better for your needs.
Most accounting jobs require a degree in accounting or a related field. While a college degree might be table stakes, it’s far from the only job requirement if you want to go far in your accounting career. Having an interest in numbers and a strong work ethic helps, but the skills of a successful accountant are vastly different from what was necessary just a decade ago.
Don't let your gig work lead to a surprise tax bill. Follow these tax dos and don'ts for gig workers to prepare for taxes and lower your tax bill.
Did you use Credit Karma Tax to prepare your tax return in 2021? Expect to see changes for the coming tax-filing season as Credit Karma Tax no longer exists. In November 2020, Square, Inc., the parent company of the financial services app Cash App, announced an agreement to acquire Credit Karma’s free do-it-yourself tax filing service. But why did this happen? And what does this mean for current and former Credit Karma Tax (CKT) customers? We have your answers.
Freelance content writer with real-world accounting and tax experience. I've written for Forbes, Business Insider, The New York Times, LendingTree, Credit Karma, Self, Intuit, FreshBooks, and more. I also provide ghostwriting services for CPA firms and accounting and tax technology companies.
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