Online Tax Preparation Made Easy

Online Tax Preparation Made Easy

Finally a Solution to Online Tax Preparation That Makes Sense

Now that you’ve decided to take advantage of the online tax preparation method of filing your income tax return, you need to select one of the tax vendors from the many listed in the search results.

You really need to select the one that will best supply your needs, and this will involve some research on your part. This guide may be of help to you as well. We’re assuming that you haven’t filed a tax return online before, so you may not be 100% certain on the services that you may need.

There are various factors to consider, as well as tax documents you need to have in hand before you start to look for an online tax filing service. Get all of your tax documents together such as W-2’s, 1099’s, and any other information that was sent to you.

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An Important Financial Conversation

An Important Financial Conversation

How to break through the financial conversation barriers with your partner

(BPT) – For most people, personal finances are a private matter. When you are in a relationship, it can be difficult to discuss this typically taboo subject of a financial conversation. Whether you have been married for years or are just beginning to date, fear of your partner judging your financial choices (big or small) runs deep.

Money challenges can create stress and cause walls to form in a relationship. Financial conflicts have even worse repercussions. Tackling the topic head-on can lead to a deeper understanding of each other’s financial history, emotions and goals for the future.

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An Overview of the Cares Act

An Overview of the Cares Act

COVID-19 relief: Overview of the CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. In addition to funding the health care fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the roughly $2 trillion legislation provides much-needed financial relief to individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and state and local governments during the pandemic. Here are some of the key provisions for individuals and businesses.

Economic Impact Payments

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5 Free Tax Return Filing Tips

5 Free Tax Return Filing Tips

5 Free Tax Return Filing Tips to Simplify Filing Your Taxes

It’s a known and unfortunate fact that most individuals aren’t too efficient when it relates to tax return filing. We offer these free online tax preparation tips to help those who are disorganized and/or unprepared. Many are stressed out because they are not organized and it doesn’t have to be that way.

  • A checklist can be a big help in getting organized.

Making use of a good checklist will guide you in organizing all of the correct documents that you need. This one free tax return filing tip alone can make sure that you don’t miss any required details. Did we mention less stress? Getting your required documentation organized will allow you to View full post…

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How to File Your Taxes Online

How to File Your Taxes Online

How to File Your Taxes Online Faster with These Tips

There are many reasons to look for tax filing help, especially if you’re not sure how to file your taxes online. Many individuals feel that the tax laws are very complicated, and they’re simply not comfortable in filing their own tax returns.

For these individuals, tax filing help can come from a couple of sources. One option is going to a tax preparer and having him/her prepare your tax return. This may appear to be the easiest way out of your dilemma; however, the taxpayer is ultimately responsible for the return. Plus, the high fees can be a turn-off.

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5 Retirement Questions to Ask

5 Retirement Questions to Ask

5 retirement questions to ask before ‘How much should I save?’

(BPT) – How do I plan for a comfortable retirement? This question is top of mind for many Americans. Yet how to afford that dream retirement remains a mystery to most. According to The Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2019 Retirement Confidence Survey, only 42% of working-age people have tried to calculate just how much they need to save to live comfortably in retirement.

But “how much money you need to retire” is not the only retirement questions you should be asking — and not even the initial one. There are a few key questions you should consider first to help determine what “retirement” means to you, which will help paint a clearer picture of that magic savings number. Before you pull out your calculator, consider these View full post…

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Stepped-Up Cost Basis Rule

Stepped-Up Cost Basis Rule

Stepped-Up Cost Basis – Very Important Tax Benefit

Practically all married couples have their home and other assets titled jointly with a right of survivorship. What that means is that when one spouse passes away, their ownership of the home or other asset passes on to the surviving spouse. This triggers a tax benefit called stepped-up cost basis.

This arrangement works very well for married couples who have a modest estate and want all of their assets to pass on to the surviving spouse. In most situations, these assets will pass to the surviving spouse without any federal or state death taxes. Plus, there is no need to get involved with lengthy and complicated estate or probate procedures.

What often happens though, the surviving spouse and/or inexperienced executors overlook a very important tax benefit that the survivor is qualified for. Perhaps because the joint ownership rules are so simple, this fact doesn’t surface.

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Create A Financial Plan

Create A Financial Plan

Creating a Financial Plan Yourself Isn’t Difficult

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to learn how to create a  financial plan. Our tips will show how to do it for free.

A 2019 survey by a respected financial firm, revealed some interesting statistics. The survey pointed out that about 75% of individuals who had a financial plan in place paid their bills on time.

In contrast, about 35% without a plan paid their bills on time. In addition, about 65% who had a financial plan, set up an emergency fund to cover unexpected expenses. About 25% of those who had no plan, created an emergency fund for future unforeseen expenses.

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DIY Home Improvement Project

DIY Home Improvement Project

5 tips for financing your next DIY home improvement project

(BPT) – Whether it’s transforming a fixer-upper into your dream home or just giving a makeover to your kitchen or bathroom, DIY home improvement projects are on the minds of many new homeowners across the country.

While many things about renovating your home are flexible, your budget might not be. In general, not a single floor-board is laid, or a new countertop installed without money, which is why every home renovation project should begin with careful financial planning.

To help homeowners with their renovation projects, Marcus by Goldman Sachs(R) is working with home renovation expert, JoJo Fletcher, to share her budget-friendly home renovation tips.

“Think about small changes you can make if you don’t have the time to take on a big project right now, like freshening up any kitchen by refinishing your cabinets with a bright white coat of paint,” said JoJo Fletcher, ambassador for Marcus by Goldman Sachs(R). “When it comes to financing View full post…

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Homeowner Insurance Claims

Homeowner Insurance Claims

The most common causes of  a homeowner insurance claim

(BPT) – The value of a homeowner insurance policy is often thrust into the national spotlight when natural disasters happen. The devastation and financial loss they can cause reinforces the importance of making sure you have adequate insurance coverage to rebuild if disaster strikes your home. In 2017 alone, the U.S. was struck by 16 separate billion-dollar disaster events, resulting in a record-breaking $300 billion in damage, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Thankfully, most Americans don’t experience large-scale natural catastrophes, but millions of homeowners do experience some kind of property loss each year and need to make an insurance claim. The most commonly reported homeowner insurance claims are actually the result of events that can occur at any time, so it’s important for homeowners to be prepared for these potential risks. View full post…

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