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Should Married People File Joint or Separate Tax Returns This Tax Season?

A lot can happen in a year.  People get married, divorced, and have kids all the time.  There are tax implications for these life events.  Taxes must be addressed every year and this year is no different.  It is essential to ask yourself certain questions before writing a check to Uncle Sam.  If this is your first tax filing since getting married, you have to consider if you should file joint or separate tax returns.  Here are a few considerations.

The Benefits of Getting an Early Start on Your Taxes

According to a recent survey by TaxSlayer, approximately 52% of Americans are stressed about filing their taxes. Many of our thoughts may be, “What if I owe?” “How am I going to pay by the deadline?” These stressors are just a few of the many that plague taxpayers every year. Last year, 34 million Americans waited until the week before April 15th to file their taxes.

The Tax Advantages of Purchasing a Home

There are so many things to consider when thinking about purchasing a home.  You have to think about what you can afford, you have to get approved for a loan (not pre-approved), you have to find the home, and then you have to pay.  Many individuals, especially first-time homebuyers, do not consider the tax implications of purchasing a home and believe it; there are tax implications.

This Is How a FICO Credit Score Is Calculated

Just about everyone has had to rely on their credit score for one reason or another. Whether it be a house, car, personal loan, etc., we have all been confronted with the reality that we are at the mercy of our loan worthiness. What you may not know is that scores differ. Companies like Equifax, Transunion, and Experian us the Vanguard scoring system. However, another credit score is the FICO score.

Do You Need a Will If You Have No Heirs or Family?

As we get older, we hear about the importance of having a last will and testament.  We hear that it is a mistake to allow the court or government to decide what happens to our assets.  In the vast majority of situations, it actually is a mistake to leave your assets to chance.  This is especially true if you have assets to disperse to various heirs and family members, but that is not always the case.

Can You Discharge Your Tax Debt Through Bankruptcy?

No matter how you fill out your W-4 or how much money you set aside for taxes, you may end up owing the federal or state government.  This is tough enough for people that are not enduring financial stress.  It is perhaps impossible for people considering bankruptcy.  There are many types of debt that you can eliminate through bankruptcy and there are some which you cannot.  There is secured debt and unsecured debt.  At any rate, debt is debt and it does not go away unless it is dealt with.

A Quick Guide to Roth IRA’s

When you think about retirement, you may feel overwhelmed.  A financial advisor will throw out foreign terms like 401k, 403 (b), or 457(b).  Another type of retirement account is a Roth IRA.  Just like the other accounts we mentioned, the Roth IRA has advantages, restrictions, and tax implications.  Let’s take a top to bottom look at what Roth IRA has to offer.

Can You Inherit Debt from Your Parents or a Relative?

Unfortunately, death is a part of life.  Sometimes, a parent or relative is able to leave something behind for their loved ones.  It is not always as simple as just leaving assets in many cases.  This is because most people have some form of debt.  If loved one dies and does not have a will in place, things can be complicated.  This is often the case even when there is a will in place.  Keep reading to find out why.

Do You Really Need a Credit Card?

This is a hotly contested topic.  Financial influencers worldwide have varying opinions on the necessity of even having credit at all.  Credit cards can be a life saver or your worst nightmare, but a credit card is just a tool.  What makes the difference is the person using the card.  If you have bad habits and spend more than you can afford, you will run into trouble eventually.  Ultimately, the question is: do you really need a credit card?

What Is an Emergency Fund Exactly?

Unfortunately, according to a recent study, about 70% of Americans cannot afford a $500 unplanned expense.  There are plenty reasons why people do not have money in their savings accounts such as low income, medical bills, financial mismanagement, etc.  However, if at all possible, you should try to build an emergency fund so you can handle the inevitable unexpected expense.