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Is Your Investment Portfolio Tax Efficient?

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Is Your Portfolio Tax-Efficient?

Having a tax-efficient investment portfolio is a plus for many taxpayers. What makes this a desirable strategy when it comes to paying Uncle Sam and how can you make your investment portfolio even more tax efficient? There are plenty of ways to make more efficient investments and be financially savvy whether you’re investing on your own, with the help of new apps, products and services or with advice from a professional.

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5 Quick Tips for First-Time Tax Filers

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Tips For First Time Filers

Taxes may be one of the only certain things in life, but that doesn’t mean that filing them is easy. This is especially true if you are a young adult filing your first tax return. If you are single and earned an income greater than $10,000 in 2014, you are required to file a federal return. If it’s your first time filing taxes, you might be a little overwhelmed, but never fear. Here are 5 quick tips to help you file your taxes for the first time.

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March 16th Corporate Tax Deadline Approaching

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March 16th Corporate Deadline

The Deadline to file corporate tax returns (forms 1120, 1120A, and 1120S) is Monday March 16th, 2015. Most corporate returns are required to be filed electronically therefore they must be sent to the IRS before midnight on the 16th.  If for some reason you are filing a paper corporate tax return, the post mark on the envelope must show 11:59pm or earlier in order to avoid late filing penalties.

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The Most Important Tax Issues to Focus on This Year, According to the Experts

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The Most Important 2015 Tax Issues

Taxes are never a fun process, and there can be a great deal of confusion about how much to pay or how to get the most money back. With tax season in full swing, many people are finding themselves lost in a flurry of financial advice that’s hitting them from all directions and it’s difficult to sort through all the noise. Here’s some advice from tax experts about what issues they consider the most important tax issues of 2015:

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Is a Higher Degree Still Worth It?

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Is College Still Worth It?

A great emphasis has been placed on the importance of a higher education degree over the last several decades, with the prevailing notion that a good paying job and solid career track are within one’s reach when clutching a college diploma. This long-accepted wisdom has spurred countless high school grads to move out of their homes and into dorms to get the all-important college experience, which they have been told leads to better career options and a better...

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Getting to Know Your W-2 Form

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Getting To Know Your w2

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires all employers to provide employees with a W-2 form, which lists the employee’s income information for the previous year. It doesn’t matter how long you worked for the company; if you earn more than $600, your employer must issue you a W-2. If any of your wages were withheld for Social Security or Medicare, the employer must issue a W-2 no matter how much you earned. Employers are required to provide you with this...

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New Year’s Resolutions to Keep Your Wallet Full in 2015

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Financial New Year’s Resolutions

Keeping more cash in your wallet is within reach for everybody, and it’s never too late to start. In fact, the beginning of the year is a perfect time to make New Year’s resolutions about your finances because you actually have a better chance of keeping those promises if you start now. According to Time Money, those who improve their money matters at the start of a new year tend to have more success in that endeavor than those who wait. A new study reveals...

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Giving to Charity This Holiday Season? Here’s How to Report it on Your Taxes

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Reporting Charitable Deductions

The end of 2014 is just days away, and if you’re like many Americans, you are planning to give to one or more charitable organizations before the new year dawns. Around 34 percent of all charitable giving is done in the last three months of the year and slightly more than half of that is during the month of December. Giving is up substantially this year over 2013, thanks in large part to the continued national economic recovery.

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Everything You Need to Know About FATCA

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What You Need To Know About FACTA

 The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is a United States federal law that was passed by Congress in 2010. The goal of the FATCA is to limit tax evasion by requiring (1) U.S. citizens to report any financial accounts held outside the U.S. and (2) foreign financial institutions to report their U.S. clients to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Originally implemented to ensure that said tax evaders couldn’t get away by hiding their assets in...

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Which Is Better: Tax Credits or Tax Deductions?

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Tax Deductions Vs. Tax Credits

If you had a choice, is it better to save money on your taxes in the form of a tax break upfront or as a reduction of your overall tax liability? The answer to this question depends on your circumstances and the impact that tax credits and tax deductions have on your overall tax bill. It is important to understand the difference between credits and deductions as you look at your tax situation from year to year. Determining whether credits or deductions are...

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