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How To Choose 529 Investments

If you don’t already have a 529 plan opened, you should start with the instructions for opening a 529 plan before worrying about which investments you use. Trust me, when I tell you, as a former financial planner, that the biggest drag on saving money for college isn’t choosing the …

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Basic Taxes Overview 2022

As January 2022 comes to a close Americans everywhere will be receiving W-2 Forms, 1099 forms, and others depending upon their specific financial situation and income scenarios for 2022. So, let’s do a quick overview of tax law in 2022 and how that will affect filing 2022 taxes in 2023. …

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IRS Standard Mileage Rate 2022

Higher gas prices have one silver lining: a higher IRS mileage deduction standard rate. Every year, the IRS updates the standard amount one can deduct for each mile driven for business or miles driven for charitable purposes. The amount of the IRS standard mileage rates deduction is based upon various …

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IRA Contribution Limits 2022 and 2023

Not all tax numbers stay the same over time. Many income limits and other tax numbers are adjusted each year, either for inflation, or by another statutory mandate. These tax numbers include the tax tables and tax brackets for each year, for example. It also includes IRA contribution limits. The IRS …

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How To Qualify for the Earned Income Credit – The Easy Version

OK. Let me start by saying that if your adjusted gross income is going to end up in the six figures, you’re out. Go read this article about investing with Acorns, or this one about Credit Karma reviews, or this one about maximizing cash back with Rakuten. Also, there are …

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Credit Karma Tax Review Free Scam or Good Filing?

Has it really been five years since Credit Karma started Credit Karma Tax? Credit Karma tax is a free-ish way to file your taxes for free. While Credit Karma tax started out with some bumps it is now old enough to have chased out a lot of the bugs. And …

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Charitable Contributions Tax Deduction

Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017 reshaping the way many Americans pay taxes. Apart from the uninspired, and obvious marketing, based name, the law made some deductions disappear. It tried to fill in those deductions by giving everyone a higher standard deduction. Theoretically, people pay the …

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