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New Pandemic Habits Can Save Your Future Budget
June 21, 2021

If you’re like a lot of people, you’re probably tired of reading about how the pandemic changed the way we live. So let’s switch gears and talk about the future. While the past year has been rough on most of us, we’ve developed some new habits that we shouldn’t abandon…

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What’s Your Financial Personality Type?
May 17, 2021

We all know that financial health is important. Learning to budget, spend wisely, manage credit, and save for both short-term and long-term goals (like retirement) can be the keys to preventing many missteps in life. At the same time, you need to honor your own value system and personality. What…

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Rumor Has It: A Fourth Stimulus Payment Still Possible
May 10, 2021

After Congress passed the American Rescue Plan in March, the IRS distributed more than $379 billion in a third wave of stimulus payments. The $1400 checks were sent to those struggling the most during the pandemic, but many say the money won’t last even three months. You may have heard…

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How to Protect Yourself Against Tax Fraud
April 11, 2021

Con artists have been taking advantage of tax season for years, filing fraudulent returns, stealing refunds, and accessing personal information for other nefarious purposes. But now, with our greater dependence upon digital tax filing systems, we all must be on guard even more than ever. Take these steps to reduce…

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Lowering Your Tax Liability with Medical Expense Deductions
February 8, 2021

For those of you who itemize your income tax deductions, we have a bit of good news. Back in December, Congress signed a new tax package into law, permanently allowing a larger income tax deduction for out-of-pocket medical expenses. Here’s how it works: You can claim out-of-pocket medical expenses that…

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Recognizing the Signs of Identity Theft
December 14, 2020

One of the most insidious aspects about identity theft is that so often, victims don’t even know it has happened to them. You might go for months or years without suspecting something is wrong, only to one day discover that your credit report contains major problems that require significant time…

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The IRS Suspends Limits on Charitable Contribution Deductions
December 7, 2020

Many of us enjoy the good feelings we experience when contributing to charities, and the tax deduction doesn’t hurt, either. Each year, those who itemize their taxes can earn a valuable deduction simply from making contributions to their favorite organizations.  We have some good news for those of you who…

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6 Ways to Build an Emergency Savings Fund
November 10, 2020

Many of us have learned about the importance of emergency savings this year. If you’ve depleted your funds, or just now realized that you should stash some cash, there is no time like the present to start up a savings account. Just follow these simple steps. Open the right type…

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Why You Shouldn’t Panic Over an IRS Late Notice
September 15, 2020

Normally, we all file and pay our taxes in the spring. Then by summer or early fall, the IRS begins to send out late notices. This makes sense if you truly forgot to pay your taxes… But this year, many taxpayers who did file on time are receiving those scary…

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4 Ways to Fight Against Lifestyle Creep
September 8, 2020

Have you ever noticed that a raise or bonus brings joy, quickly followed by a desire for a new car or a home improvement? The phenomenon is called “lifestyle creep”, and it refers to the habit of continually increasing the cost of your lifestyle simply because you can (as opposed…

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