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Personal Taxes

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    Tax Tips for Independent Contractors

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    Here's how to avoid penalties and maximize tax deductions

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    5 Tax Mistakes to Avoid

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    What you need to know to prevent common tax errors

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Your 2013 Tax Deduction Checklist

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Lower your taxes with these common deductions.

April 15 will be here soon, which means it’s time to start thinking about taxes. See if any of the commonly overlooked tax breaks apply to you. Read More

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What You Need to Know About Charitable Gifts and Taxes

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Get the most from the tax breaks that accompany donations

Do the holidays have you in a giving mood? Find out how you can lower your taxes, and also make a difference when you give to charity. Read More

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How To Avoid These Common Tax Fraud Scams

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Don’t get caught up in a tax fraud scam. Spot these shady schemes before they cost you penalties and back taxes. Read More

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Five Tips for Avoiding a Tax Audit

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Stay on the IRS' good side with these tax prep tips

Tax audits are rare, only 1% chance, but it can be stressful. Steps to avoid IRS scrutiny: hire a tax preparer/CPA, stay current, include income, be accurate. Read More

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Social Security Tax Facts

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Plan ahead to minimize, or even avoid, taxes on your Social Security benefits. Learn how to build a tax-sensitive retirement income plan. Read More

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Tax Credits 2013: Child Tax Credit, Education and More

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Start thinking about how tax credits can lower your taxes

Too often, taxpayers overlook tax credits—to their detriment. Find out how tax credits fit into your financial plan and how you can save significantly on your 2013 taxes. Read More

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Five Ways to Slash Income Taxes in Retirement

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It can be stressful thinking about how much income tax you will owe in your golden years. But don't worry, because there are simple solutions you can apply now to keep those taxes down and your spirits up. Read More

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What The American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) 2012 Means for You

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Factors to consider and a few potential courses of action related to ATRA 2012. Read More

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Organize Your Financial Paperwork

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Know what to keep—and what to toss. Read More

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Cut Next Year's Taxes Down to Size

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At the beginning of the year ask your tax professional to estimate your tax bill. Then, each quarter, compare your current withholding to the estimate. Read More

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If you owed a lot to the government this year, your employer may not have withheld enough from your paycheck. Check out the SunTrust calculator to see how adjustments to your W-4 form can bring your withholding in line with your tax liability.