2014 EITC

Feb 26, 2015 by

The average Earned Income Tax Credit in 2013 was a healthy $2,407. For 2014 the EITC maxes out at a whopping $6,143!

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No Sweat Investing

Feb 24, 2015 by

Here’s advice on keeping investing and asset allocation simple. I like simple.

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Premium Tax Credit Claim

Feb 19, 2015 by

If you asked Uncle Sam to send advance credit payments to your insurer when you bought your 2014 insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, then you must file a tax return.

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Tax Prep Search Tool

Feb 17, 2015 by

Do you need a tax preparer but aren’t sure where or how to start looking? Check out the IRS’ search tool.

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The Cost of Love

Feb 11, 2015 by

What’s the typical cost of dating, engagement, a wedding, and honeymoon?

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Anthem Data Hack

Feb 9, 2015 by

The personal information of as many as 80 million Americans could have been stolen in the latest hack. Could you be one?

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IRS Impostor Scams Rising

Feb 5, 2015 by

As tax season gets into full gear, so do tax scam artists.

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My Current Investing Ideas

Feb 3, 2015 by

Here’s my reply to someone who recently asked for my investing ideas.

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ACA and Your Tax Return

Jan 30, 2015 by

Are you eligible for the Premium Tax Credit? and other tax return puzzles offered this year, courtesy of the Affordable Care Act.

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When You Pay Matters

Jan 27, 2015 by

This may surprise you: A habit of paying off an entire credit card balance on the due date may be dinging your credit score.

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5 Reasons to File Taxes*

Jan 22, 2015 by

*Even if you don’t have to.

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Worried By Deflation?

Jan 20, 2015 by

Have you thought about how falling prices would screw up your financial strategy? You should.

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2014 Capital Gain Tax Rates

Jan 15, 2015 by

Here’s a handy one-page reference to 2014 federal income tax on your capital gains. The good news: For most people, the tax rate is zero!

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Buy a Home With 3% Down?

Jan 13, 2015 by

The Federal Housing Finance Agency now allows some first-time homebuyers to make down payments of as little as 3%. But should you do something just because the government lets you?

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2014 Clothing: $103.05

Jan 8, 2015 by

Can a guy spend too little on clothing?

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Free Credit Reports

Jan 6, 2015 by

You can now get two of your three credit reports free through Credit Karma. But should you?

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Top 10 Posts of 2014

Dec 30, 2014 by

Did you miss a few Money Counselor posts in 2014? No worries—here are links to the year’s 10 most popular articles. Enjoy!

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The New myRA

Dec 23, 2014 by

The new myRA tax advantaged savings account offers a decent return with zero risk of losing what you put in.

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Medical Debt and Credit Scores

Dec 18, 2014 by

Millions of Americans’ credit scores have been slammed because of unpaid debt related to unpredictable, uninsured medical costs.

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Don’t Miss These Tax Sav...

Dec 16, 2014 by

Uncle Sam’s holiday gift for those who aren’t naughty with their IRAs is hefty tax savings!

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Diamonds and Dogs #24

Dec 11, 2014 by

I share my latest picks for three pieces of online content with the power to help you make better money choices (the Diamonds), and one that can put the bite on you (the Dog).

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Your Credit Score #5

Dec 9, 2014 by

Opening new credit accounts—or even applying for new credit—can ding your credit score.

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P2P Loan to Pay Debt?

Dec 5, 2014 by

You’ve heard the catchphrase: “You can’t borrow your way out of debt.” Good advice generally, but are there exceptions?

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State Credit Score Rankings

Dec 2, 2014 by

Why are the top 4 of the 10 U.S. cities with the highest credit scores in Minnesota?

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