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Latest Member Blog Articles

Blog Article TitleAuthorDate
The Top Three Ways To Help Pay For a College EducationRichard1022Feb 24, 20150473
Figuring out how to pay for college is something that millions of Americans worry about every year. The dream of attending college is becoming more and more difficult for average Americans as education costs have skyrocketed in the past few decades, but it's important to know there are a slew of grants, loans, and other resources available for Americans of every socioeconomic background. From grants that are provided by the federal and state government to federally subsidized loans, there are plenty of ways for average Americans to help pay for an undergraduate college education.
What Happens If You Don't File Your Taxes At All?J.K.LogicFeb 20, 20150274
Ever wonder what would happen if you just skipped out on filing your taxes? You get your paperwork back from your employer, either in the mail or through e-mail, and just think too yourself, ugh, not again. I don't want to go through this hassle again. So you just let the task fade back to a darker corner of your mind, and forget about it.
How Do You Know if You Qualify For The Earned Income Tax Credit?DerajFeb 19, 20150472
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the few tax credits directly tailored to lower to middle income Americans who have jobs, but don't qualify for many other government benefits. It has undoubtedly helped millions of hard working Americans since it was first enacted in 1975 and is one of the most popular of tax credits in America. Many people know that this credit is geared towards working individuals with dependent children, but not having a dependent does not disqualify you from claiming the tax credit as long as you meet certain work and income requirements.
Debunking The Top 5 Myths About Filing Your TaxesYellowSubmarineFeb 16, 20150283
Many myths fly around come tax season, making big claims that you don't have to do this, or don't worry about that. But how do you know which are true, and which to avoid? Well, the best way to not come victim to believing a myth that might sound too good to be true about filing taxes is to contact the IRS directly. For any individual, Mon-Fri they are open and able to discuss all things tax related by calling 1-800-829-1040. Or go to their website at It's an excellent resource to get most any question answered, and most any myth debunked.
Commonly Overlooked Tax Deductions You Should Know AboutJartonFeb 14, 20150447
Have you ever filed your taxes only to find out from a friend or colleague that you overlooked a tax deduction you knew nothing about? Most Americans are aware of the major deductions they are able to claim when they file their yearly tax returns, but there are a host of lesser known deductions that many taxpayers simply aren't aware of. These deductions range from the big to small and may wind up decreasing the amount you owe or increase your return if you remember to keep proper records throughout the year. Who knows? Maybe you've been overlooking a deduction that you qualify for.
Want to Avoid Getting Audited by the IRS? Check Your Numbers and Be HonestDerajFeb 13, 20150283
Being on the receiving line of an Internal Revenue Service agents phone call or mailing informing you that your tax returns are being audited is a nightmare that millions of Americans have undoubtedly had. A tax audit can turn an otherwise quiet life upside down and cause undue stress on an individual and their family. An audit can be triggered for a variety of reasons, but many of them are easily avoidable. There's no guarantees when it comes to who the IRS decides to audit, there are some simple things to keep in mind if you don't want Uncle Sam rummaging through your files.1.
How To Reduce Your Property TaxesJ.K.LogicFeb 12, 20150399
If you own real estate in the United States, you know all about property taxes. And it stands to reason that you feel each and every time you pay that you might be paying too much. Ever wonder if you can proactively get your property taxes lowered? The simple answer is you can, if you are willing to put in a little effort. The fact is a great many homeowners all across the country are simply overpaying in property taxes.

Latest Member Forum Threads

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How Can we Expand Section 8 Housing?Deraj
Feb 26 2015 4:37 PM
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Americans Are Increasingly Dependent on Social Security For RetirementJarton
Feb 11 2015 1:21 PM
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Thoughts On Flat TaxesJ.K.Logic
Feb 8 2015 4:11 AM
Feb 26 2015 12:18 PM
Should my spouse and I file jointly or separately?Terrath
Feb 26 2015 6:05 AM
Feb 26 2015 8:03 AM
What is the Best Way to Get Corporations To Bring Their Money Back to America?Jarton
Feb 24 2015 2:00 PM
Feb 25 2015 4:26 PM
Are Seniors Claiming Social Security Benefits at the Right Time?Deraj
Feb 24 2015 6:58 PM
Feb 25 2015 4:12 PM
Benefits I might not know about for 2015?YellowSubmarine
Feb 11 2015 7:33 PM
Feb 19 2015 5:08 PM
Is it Better to File My Taxes Online or With a Tax Professional?Richard1022
Feb 10 2015 4:59 PM
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Food Stamp Recipients Plummet, But Millions Still Need AssistanceDeraj
Feb 11 2015 12:02 PM
Feb 19 2015 12:47 PM
Sales tax on the internetYellowSubmarine
Feb 13 2015 1:28 AM
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