Do I Have a Tax Free Scholarship?

Do I have to Pay Taxes on My Scholarship or Fellowship? Maybe.

Do I have a tax free scholarship?Have you ever heard the expression “There is no such a thing as a free lunch?” When it comes to fellowships, grants and other free money from a college, you may not have a tax free scholarship.

Financial aid that you receive for higher education expenses, even when the college says its free, doesn’t mean that it is. Depending upon how the money is used, you could end up owing the IRS big bucks.

Various types of financial assistance, such as fellowship grants, scholarships, and teaching assistantships, are very important to families. Often times, it may determine if your child will be able to attend the college of his/her choice.

College tuition and other associated expenses have been rising for years. Currently, the average fees and tuition for a full-time student attending a public college in state is 25,290.00. The average for a private college is 50,900.00.

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No Big Tax Refunds

Don’t Over Withhold Taxes to Get a Big Refund

She just reduced her tax withholdingYes, we know getting that large refund is nice and it comes in handy. But it just doesn’t make good financial sense. You’re allowing self-serving politicians to play with your money with an interest free loan, and then you have to prove to them that it belongs to you by filing a tax return.

Another reason this coming year, for not over withholding, has to do with the Equifax credit bureau breach. Over 143 million individual accounts were taken, and many of them will be used to file fraudulent tax returns. If you’re not aware what happens then, let me explain.

These thieves file fraudulent tax returns very early when tax season opens and before the IRS receives the copies of W-2’s and other tax forms. They use your View full post…

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Tax Planning for 2017

Make These Moves Now For 2017 Tax Planning

Proper tax planning is essentialSo far this year, it hasn’t been a very good one for proper tax planning by investors, and it’s doubtful if we will see any positive changes by the end of the year. China has been struggling with their economic slowdown and declining oil prices have hit us as well. Couple that with the US economy that is still floundering about because of inept policies from the current administration, and it’s no wonder investment portfolios have been hammered.

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Money Management Important Tips

Powerful Tips for Money Management

Money management tipsWhen young adults begin to work and receive their first paycheck, they get a taste of a sense of real freedom & don’t usually think about money management.  This feeling is usually not combined with the little voice that says, Save your money.  They suddenly find that they are sharing their wealth and are buying things they could not afford in the past.  Celebration is not bad, but it is only meant for rare occasions.  Freedom comes with responsibilities.

If real money management is not practiced early, there is a real chance that spending will often be more gluttonous than necessity.

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How To Manage Money After You’re Married

How to Manage Money after Marriage

When you say “for better or for worse” you never envision that the “for worse” could mean financial woes.  If you have debt, it is best to clear it up before marriage.  Learning how to manage money will prevent you both from repeating the same past financial mistakes and will also ensure that you are both on the same spending and saving page.

How to manage moneyGreat communication and great financial planning are important pieces that can help to ensure a long and happy marriage.  Money problems are one of the biggest stresses in any marriage.  Learning how to manage money as a couple, setting solid goals, and sticking to these goals provides a great foundation for a new or existing marriage.

Here are some important tips in working out your financial goals with your spouse.

Compare your assets, your debts, and your net worth.  Work together to get all the income and debts organized.  Get together paychecks and other sources of income, tax deductions, savings, and other investments accounts. Compare all your debts to your income. View full post…

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