Category Archives: Taxes

Health Insurance May Affect Your Tax Refund

The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as ObamaCare, strives to ensure that all Americans are covered by health insurance. Part of the impetus for the passage of the ACA is that Americans continue to spend significantly more on healthcare than … Continue reading

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When Is the Last Day to Sign up for Health Insurance 2015?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), known simply as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “ObamaCare” was signed into law on Mar. 23, 2010, and represents the “most significant regulatory overhaul” of the U.S. healthcare system since the … Continue reading

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Obamacare Health IRS Form Should Soon be Coming in the Mail

With the new year, you should start to get tax forms in the mail. There is a new one you should be on the lookout for if you were one of the millions of people who signed up under the … Continue reading

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H&R Block Offers Free Deluxe Tax Software to Dissatisfied TurboTax Deluxe Owners

It seems that there are a lot of longtime TurboTax customers who aren’t thrilled with some of the changes Intuit has made to the 2014 edition of their tax software. The drama is taking place on Amazon Reviews, where the … Continue reading

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Dignity Healthcare Settles for $37 Million for Over-Charging Patients

Dignity Healthcare has decided to settle allegations of patients having been over-charged rather than fight them in court. Dignity Healthcare, commonly known as Catholic Healthcare West, is one of the largest hospital networks in the US. It has hospitals in … Continue reading

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If You Get a Phone Call from the IRS, It’s a Scam

If you get a call from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS,) and they haven’t contacted you by mail so you’re expecting the call, it’s a scam. That’s what the IRS wants you to know as people trying to scam consumers … Continue reading

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Tax Form 1095-A May Delay ObamaCare Recipients Tax Refunds

Millions of Americans may experience a delay in receiving their tax refunds next year. If you’re among those who have applied for, and successfully received ¬†healthcare benefits through President Obama’s Affordable Care Act initiative, there’s a new form you’re going … Continue reading

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Washington State Legal Recreational Marijuana Won’t Be Cheap

Washington state will begin selling the first legal recreational marijuana in licensed stores this week, but those who wander into the few which are open may also find a bit of sticker shock. That’s because the price of marijuana at … Continue reading

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Money Topics They Don’t Teach in High School, but Should

One of the biggest disgraces of the school system is that it often fails to teach basics that we all need for everyday life once we graduate. A prime example of this is basic personal finance. If we could get … Continue reading

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H&R Block Get Your Billion Dollars Back Tax Scam

You’ve probably seen the commercials. H&R Block has been running advertisements this year telling everyone that they can get to listen that American taxpayers are giving $1 billion to the IRS that’s really their money — and all because they’re … Continue reading

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Should Athletes Pay Taxes on Olympic Medal Bonus Money?

I read the article where Olympic athletes who win medals at the Sochi winter games will have to pay taxes on the money. Almost every person I’ve talked to about this says that it’s wrong, and that they should be … Continue reading

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A Sochi Olympic Gold Medal is Worth $25,000, But Can Mean a $10,000 Tax Bill

How much is an Olympic gold medal from Sochi, Russia worth? The gold medals aren’t pure gold (if they were, they would be worth close to $21,500 each), but they are worth approximately $566 when their metal content is taken … Continue reading

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How Same Sex Marriage Helps Gay Couples’ Finances

Same sex marriage is still a tempestuous topic in the United States and despite a growing acceptance and recognition of same sex relationships, there are still many concerns before marriage equality is truly reached. While marriage should be about love … Continue reading

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25 Things That Hold Your Money and Your Dreams Hostage

We all have things that we’d like to do in life. Have kids, travel, get married, buy a new home, start our own business, or simply retire well (and maybe early). You probably have your own dreams that aren’t on … Continue reading

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10 Smart Ways to Use Your IRS Refund Check

Are you expecting to receive an IRS refund this year? Do you have big plans for that money? Maybe you want to spend it on something nice for yourself. Maybe you are planning to use it for a great vacation … Continue reading

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Pay Attention: Changes Affect Money

I wrote a few weeks ago about how many people are upset about the end of the Social Security tax holiday. Now that tax rates have returned to 6.2%, many people are struggling to readjust their budgets because they’d come … Continue reading

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Don’t Count on Windfalls

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks listening to the bitter complaints over the “loss” of the two percent Social Security tax holiday. In case you’ve missed it (or you aren’t from the U.S. and didn’t follow our “fiscal cliff” … Continue reading

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Dealing With Financial Fear

Years ago when I was first thinking about self-employment, one thing scared me above all others. Taxes. It sounds silly, but I was terrified of screwing it all up and ending up in jail. Estimated taxes, quarterly payments, and self-employment … Continue reading

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10 Important Personal Finance Lessons Every Person Should Know

Managing your money is hard and the current times make it more so. The fact is, though, it’s never been more important to get a handle on your personal finances than in today’s economy. Regardless of whether you’re a wage … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale About Legalities, Saving For The Future, and Insurance

A friend of mine told me a sad story yesterday. Her parents are going to have to move in with her sister who lives in a different state. I assumed that the reason was because the parents had become frail … Continue reading

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