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5 Easy Tips for Smoother Tax Prep

If you haven’t done your taxes yet, you’re not alone. According to the Internal Revenue Service, they receive a majority of Americans’ returns the week taxes are due. But with this year’s due date of Tuesday, April 18, coming up quickly, you don’t want to wait too much longer. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the thought of tax prep, or ...


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5 Creative Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

Receiving a tax refund is a good news/bad news scenario. The good news, obviously, is that you have a decent chunk of ready cash at your disposal. The bad news is that it means you’ve been having too much tax withheld throughout the year, and should probably consider adjusting your withholding. But if you are getting a refund, what should you do ...


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5 Ways to Save on Childcare Costs

Any working parent will tell you that childcare is expensive. But even they might not realize the true cost. A recent study by Child Care Aware revealed that in 31 states, the annual cost of childcare for a child under 15 actually exceeds the cost of yearly in-state tuition and fees at the states' public colleges . So while planning for a child’s...


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5 Smart Things to do with Your Tax Refund

It’s always tempting to see a tax refund as a windfall to be used for something fun and frivolous, like a shopping spree or throwing a big party. But remember, the government isn’t giving you anything that wasn’t yours all along. It’s not really ‘free’ money, so why treat it that way? Make the most of your tax refund by using it one (...


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New Twists on Old Financial Scams

While it’s true financial scams and fraud  happen throughout the year, scammers are especially active during the holiday season because they know people are busy and feeling stressed, which leaves them vulnerable to being caught off guard. Fortunately, it’s easy to spot a scam if you stay on guard and know what to look for. Here are some of...


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Score Free Tax Help During March’s Tax Madness

The month of March can be Madness for everyone. While the nation's best college basketball teams sweat it out on the court, millions of Americans sweat to file their tax returns before the clock runs out. Here are eight elite tips for scoring free tax help before this year's tax filing deadline: Tax Counseling for the Elderly: TCE offers free...

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Don’t Fall for a Tax Refund – Tips to Even the Tax Scale

If You Owe Taxes: Set up a Payment Plan: If you owe a large sum and don’t have the cash on-hand, avoid using a credit card to pay your liability. Instead, contact the IRS to set up a payment plan. They’ll work with you to establish monthly payments at a reasonable interest rate. Track Your Deductions: Many people wait until the tax deadli...

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