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How Trusts Work

You don't need to be a teenage millionaire to have a trust fund. Get a sense of how trusts work and whether this financial tool makes sense for your family.

10 Worthwhile Energy-efficient Tax Breaks

Here's to you, conscientious citizen. Not only are your energy-efficient home improvements good for the ol' bank account, they're good for the environment, too. You deserve a reward -- or two or three. How do some tax breaks sound?

10 Tax Deductions for Home Improvements

After putting countless hours of blood, sweat and tears — not to mention money — into improving your home, don't you deserve a break? Well, the IRS certainly thinks so, having created not one, but several tax breaks just for you and your home.

10 Things You Need to Know About Filing Taxes

Do you lose sleep every tax season, afraid that you don't know the rules? Well, they do say that the best weapon against the unknown is knowledge. Why not help yourself to a good night's sleep by arming yourself with these essential tax filing tips?

10 Tips for Lower Taxes

When we hear the words "lower" followed by "taxes," most of us are likely to start drooling like Pavlov's dog at the sound of a bell. But is such a thing even possible? Why, of course it is -- and it's much easier to pull off than you'd think.

Tax Resources for Foreign Nationals

The key to sorting out income taxes if you're a foreign national is determining your status as an alien and then figuring out which tax laws apply to you. We can help.

10 Tax Deductions for Retirees

As the average life span keeps increasing, so too does the possible length of the retirement phase of your life. Overall, this is pretty good news, but it does make saving for your golden years all the more important.

10 Questions When Filing Taxes With Tip Income

There's nothing quite like the feeling of walking home with a pocketful of hard-earned tip money. But while it may feel like tax-free dough to spend as you want, you should probably know that the IRS sees things just a little bit differently.

10 Common Job-search Tax Deductions

Getting yourself a shiny, new job is all about making the kind of money you know you deserve. But you know what else you deserve? Saving money on your taxes. And guess what? The IRS has your back with tons of ways to deduct job-search costs.

10 Common Small Business Tax Deductions

You've always wanted to open a little shop and sell your own handcrafted knickknacks — and now thanks to some grit and gumption, that dream is reality. Why not reward yourself with a little extra cash with these nifty small business tax deductions?

10 Tax Benefits for College Students

Being a college student is great. You're on your own, you can eat whatever you want and you get to start thinking about your future career. The best thing? Though it may not sound glamorous, you (and your parents) also get tons of tax breaks.

10 Helpful Tax Lessons for Kids

If there's anything certain in this world, it's that kids ask tons of questions. Sure, you may know what to say when they ask why dogs bark or why the sky is blue, but when your kids want to know about paying taxes, what should you tell them?

5 Advantages to Doing Your Own Taxes

Saving money is not the only reason to consider doing your taxes yourself. Sometimes, you are your own best accountant. Here's why.

How the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit Works

Employees of small businesses often don't have health insurance, or don't have enough of it. That's why a small business health care tax credit program was born. But it's hit a few snags on its journey to expand health coverage.

How the Health Care Tax Credits Worked

The Health Care Tax Credit expired on Jan. 1, 2014, to make way for the Affordable Care Act. How many people did it help during its 2002-2013 lifetime? There were an awful lot of requirements to meet.

How Charitable Tax Deductions Work

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.

How IRS Tax Return Transcripts Work

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.

10 Tax Tips for Married Couples

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.

10 Tips for Repaying Student Loans

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.

10 Tips to Avoid an IRS Audit

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.

10 Work-related Tax Benefits

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.

10 Biggest Expenses in Baby's First Year

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.

10 Biggest Expenses in a Couple's First Year

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.

10 Financial Events to Plan for in Your Children's Lives

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.

10 Tax Questions You Probably Don't Ask

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.