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Determining if you Qualify for Medicaid is as Easy as 1, 2, 3JartonMar 25, 201504144
Have you ever checked to see if you and your family are eligible for Medicaid? It seems like a simple question, but there are many individuals and families in America who are unaware that they actually qualify for Medicaid either because their state expanded it under the Affordable Care Act or because they only make a certain amount of money each year in the states that did not.Applying for Medicaid is not as difficult as many people may make it out to be. Each state has set their guidelines for who is eligible for the program and if you fall within those guidelines then you may qualify for coverage.
Would a National Sales Tax Help or Hurt the Middle Class?DerajMar 24, 20150575
Instituting a national sales tax has been debated, albeit halfheartedly, for years now. While I don't foresee our representatives in Washington tackling this issue anytime soon, it is still something that I've spent a lot of time thinking about, especially when it comes to the question of whether it will help or hurt the middle and lower classes.
5 Simple Steps For Making Tax Day As Painless As PossibleJ.K.LogicMar 21, 20150285
April 15th, otherwise own as Tax Day, is ever nearing. If you're one of the millions of Americans that has decided to put off your filing to closer to deadline day and are trying to jog your memory back into tax filing gear, no worries. That's what this entry is for. Simple reminders and some hints and possibly some unknown extension filing techniques will be listed below, to get you all the info you will need to file your taxes in easy (enough) fashion.Let's see. How abouts we break this down into 5 easy steps? Here we go...
How To Know When To Use the 1040, 1040A or the 1040EZ FormYellowSubmarineMar 16, 201504144
Getting ready to sit down and manually or electronically file your taxes? Have you yet been confused by the 3 different filing options you have with the 1040 forms? You're not alone. And even if you have a tax pro or some super slick tax software wade the waters for you, perhaps you might find educational the difference between the main 3 forms that one can file and submit to the IRS for tax purposes, being the: 1040EZ, the 1040A, and finally the 1040.
Six Things That Determine If You Are Eligible For The Child Tax CreditDerajMar 15, 201505110
The Child Tax Credit is one of the most straight forward tax credits that are available for Americans of all tax brackets. First enacted in 1997 and expanded in 2001, this credit has helped offset the cost of raising an eligible child under the age of seventeen. The credit currently stands at $1,000 per eligible child and there is no limit on the number of dependents who qualify as long as they meet these six standards at the end of the 2014 tax year, but there is a limit on the amount of money a parent can earn in order to receive the full credit of $1,000 per dependent child. 1.
One Stop Shop For Understanding Tax Brackets (And How To Pay Less Through Deductions)J.K.LogicMar 13, 201504850
Most people's goal every tax season is to figure out how to owe as little in taxes as possible. The purpose of this entry is to help you with that. The goal here is to show you a handful of ways that you can potentially lower your tax bracket through various personal deductions, thereby lowering the percentage you are taxed at, and save you money.First off, let's get some definitions out of the way. Three terms that are very helpful to know in order to accomplish this task (that you are likely already somewhat familiar with) are: taxable income, tax brackets, and personal tax deductions.
The Top Three Ways To Help Pay For a College EducationRichard1022Feb 24, 201504118
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, 201503277
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.


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