JaredS Blog Articles
  • The open enrollment period to sign up for health insurance using the marketplace has been significantly reduced for 2018 and will only last from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. If you don't sign up by December 15, 2017 and don't qualify for an exemption then you will have to wait until next years open enrollment to sign up for health insurance coverage.
  • Are you one of millions of Americans considering applying for a home mortgage, but don't know if you have enough equity to qualify for a loan? If you are then applying for a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured loan might be something you should seriously consider.
  • As a former college admissions counselor I used to tell every prospective student that there's a lot of money out there, but you're going to have to spend some time working to get some of it. It was true then and it's true now.
  • Finding a provider who accepts Medicaid patients has the potential be a little confusing to the individuals who have never been on the program before, but it's not as difficult as it may sound. All you need is to be enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP coverage and have a connection to the internet.
  • 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.
  • Every state figures out a way to collect revenue in the form of taxes, but not every state is equal in how they go about doing that. Some states have a high sales tax while others have no sales tax at all. This piece will focus on breaking down the best and worst states when it comes to their sales tax.
  • 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.
  • Finding the right tax professional who is able to find you every deduction, credit, and write-offs can oftentimes seem like an impossible task, but it doesn't have to be.
  • Do you think you may qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, but aren't sure where you can begin the application process? Well, you're not alone. There are plenty of Americans out there who qualify for food assistance but aren't aware of it or don't know where they can begin the application process.
  • The 2016 Democratic National Convention is being held in Philadelphia July 25-28 and you can live-stream every minute of it on your computer or other compatible device.Democrats will be airing wall to wall coverage on the official Democratic National Committee's YouTube Channel. They will have a live stream and also post individual speeches in case you missed a certain speaker.
  • While the federal tax rates are the same for all fifty states, the various states are left to determine what their state income tax rate should be and those numbers are all over the map.
  • The race to choose the next President is now officially under way. All fifty states and territories will get to have their say in choosing both the Democratic and Republican nominees for President, but it is very likely we will know who that person will be well before the final states head to the polls.
  • The vast majority of states hold their elections for during Presidential or Midterm election years, but there are a few that hold their elections on odd years. Louisiana, and Mississippi voters will be voting for governor, statewide executive offices, and state legislatures. Kentucky will be voting for governor and statewide executive offices, but not for the state legislature.
  • Open enrollment for Obamacare is just around the corner and that means it is time to start thinking about applying for coverage if you haven't already done so.
  • The 2016 nomination debate schedule has been released and there will be six debates recognized by the Democratic National Committee. The first four debates have been secured and the final two debates have hosts, but do not have specific dates set as of this posting.All of the debates will be nationally televised and will also be available online at the hosts official website.
  • Making the best of your Social Security benefits is a struggle for many Americans, especially those of you who are largely dependent on Social Security for most of your monthly income. Questions like when to begin drawing your benefits, how to best spend them, and what to do if your benefits aren't enough to survive on weigh on millions of seniors minds every year.
  • Are you thinking of going to a tax professional to have them help you file your taxes? That is an option, and a good one for many people, but it doesn't have to be the only option for many others. The IRS offers free e-filing for basic returns and has partnered with e-file.com to offer two more low-cost services for individuals and businesses who need additional services.
  • It happens to the best of us. You file your taxes with the IRS and are looking forward to receiving your tax return check. You are certain that all of your T's are crossed and all of your I's are dotted, but something went wrong and you hear back from the IRS that you need to correct some errors before they will be able to fully process your return.
  • 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.
  • 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.