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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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Podcast: Big Tax Refund? How to Redistribute Throughout the Year

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Learn why a big refund might not be your best bet—and what to do about it

Tax refunds are great, but you might get more bang for your buck if you adjust your withholdings to put more money back in your paychecks. Personal finance blogger Paula Pant shares tax strategies for those with traditional jobs and the self-employed. Watch Now

Charitable Giving and Taxes
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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

Avoiding A Tax Audit
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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

Social Security Taxes
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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

Consider Tax Credits for 2013
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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

Organize Your Financial Paperwork
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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

Maximize Tax Breaks for College
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Maximize Tax Breaks for College

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A child born today could cost more than $400,000 to educate at a private college for four years if college costs continue climbing at the rate they have Read More

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Retirement Tax Burden : Research Total Cost of Living

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Property taxes vary wildly from state to state. Read More

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What You Need to Know Before Filing Your Taxes

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Knowing how the tax rules are shifting can help you make better decisions throughout the year. Read More

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Tax Benefits of Giving

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If you're one who likes to support worthy causes, make sure to take advantage of the tax benefits that come with your gifts. Read More

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Split Dollar Insurance Plans

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Split dollar life insurance plans can help you attract and retain employees, reward key executives, and fund severance packages and certain other benefit plans. Read More

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Wills: the Cornerstone of Your Estate Plan

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There are many tools you can use to achieve your estate planning goals, but a will is probably the most vital. Read More

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How to Stay Organized at Home

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Keeping the bills paid, insurance updated, and investments on track all depend on staying organized. Read More

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Am I Having Enough Withheld?

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Properly estimating your withholding can save aggravation come tax time Read More

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