Personal Finance

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You get two things when you donate to a charity: a feel-good moment and a tax deduction. And donations don't have to take the form of a cash or check. Property and goods and services count, too — sometimes.

If you're not the organized type, your tax returns may be languishing in a forgotten file folder in a closet. But never fear — if you need one for a mortgage or loan application and can't find it, the IRS can help you out. Pretty easily, too.

Marriage is the great coming together of two separate lives. You share a home, family ... and tax liability. But along with enjoying the gift registry goodies, newlyweds get a bevy of tax breaks too.

The late-night study sessions, the absent-minded professors, the lifetime's worth of memories and friends: College truly is an investment -- of time, energy and (you guessed it) money.

Does the word "audit" give you goose bumps? Fear not: Unless you give the IRS good cause for pause, your chances of an audit are pretty darn low. But no sense toying with fate, we say.

Despite sometimes getting a bum rap, the IRS actually offers workers tons of ways to save money or boost bottom line on their tax returns. Sometimes learning these tricks takes time, patience and the ability read legalese, but we've got you covered.

Having a baby is a huge milestone, bringing new levels of joy, renewal and family togetherness. But before you get too caught up in all the warm, fuzzy feelings, remember that having a child also comes with a price tag — or two or three.

Congratulations! After months of planning, you are officially married. Now it's time to kick back, relax and ... pay the bills? Marriage may be fueled by love, but living together costs money.

Having a kid isn't a sprint. It's a marathon, one likely to have financial implications for the rest of you and your child's lives. Planning and educating early can provide an enduring source of support down the road.

Sometimes when we need to do important things -- like our taxes -- fear of the unknown can cause uncertainty. Knowledge conquers all. Here are the questions you should be asking to build tax savvy.

Nobody wants their business to operate at a loss. But come tax time, you might at least be able to get some help if your business is in the red.

Applying for a federal tax ID number couldn't be simpler. All you need is a computer, a telephone or access to a post office.

You might be perfectly fine changing your own oil or sewing your own living room curtains. But what about your taxes? Should that be another DIY project, or should you look for a professional?

This might be the scariest phrase in the English language: tax audit. But not every missive you receive from the IRS is going to be bad news.

Losing your job is extremely tough financially, even with unemployment benefits. Don't get surprised come tax time.

Sometimes called the Fair Tax, a consumption-based tax is often touted as the answer to the country's tax problems. But could it work?

Got your W-2 forms? Check. Your handy calculator? Check. Your favorite tax-prep thinking cap? Check. Don't start crunching numbers just yet. First, check out these essential tax preparation tips.

Fun fact: It's possible to be both a U.S. resident alien and a U.S. nonresident alien in the same year. Not-so-fun fact: That makes paying U.S. taxes more complicated. If this is you, check out these 10 tax tips.

Everything gets murky for separated couples, especially at tax time. If you're in this confusing phase of life, have a look at these 10 tax tips to remember when filing your income taxes.

Modern life can be complicated, particularly at tax time, and especially if you live in one state and work in another. If that's you, here are 10 tax tips to remember when filing.

Adopting a child can be extremely expensive. But as newly adoptive parents you're now eligible for certain federal tax credits. Read on to find out how to file.

Despite assumptions to the contrary, members of the clergy don't have it easy when it comes to taxes. So what are the complex ins and outs of getting taxed as a religious leader?

Confused about why your bi-weekly paycheck is less than your actual salary? It's actually pretty simple. We'll show you how to figure out your "bring-home" pay.

Being a single parent can be tough, but at tax time, the government can actually help ease the burden. Here are 10 ways Uncle Sam can help.

Tax day is one day of the year most of us dread. So how can you get your tax bill as low as possible? Making sure all possible deductions are applied to your gross income is one way.