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How to Beat the High Cost of Assisted Living

Arranging senior living can be challenging, emotionally taxing and expensive, particularly when a person requires senior living with personal care, such as an assisted living community, residential care home or memory care provider. Learn more about how to beat the high costs of assisted living.

Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft

For 2016, the IRS, the states and the tax industry joined together to enact new safeguards and take additional actions to combat tax-related identity theft. Many of these safeguards will be invisible to you, but invaluable to our fight against these criminals.

Turn the Tables on Telemarketers

Jolly Roger Telephone offers a bot that’s designed to waste as much of a telemarketer’s time as possible by making the caller think there’s a live human reacting to their spiel.

Missing An IRS Form 1099?

IRS Forms 1099 are those annoying little tax reports that come in the mail. They remind you that you earned interest, received a consulting fee, or were paid some other kind of income. Here’s why if you don’t receive one you expect, don’t ask for it. Just report the income.

The Fee for Not Having Health Insurance

If you can afford health insurance but choose not to buy it, you must pay a fee called the individual shared responsibility payment. You have until January 31st to sign up for health insurance and avoid the fee.

FAFSA Mistakes to Avoid

If you’re headed to college this fall, one of the most important tests you’ll take happens before you even set foot on campus. It involves answering more than 100 questions on the federal college financial aid application to determine whether you are eligible to receive financial aid.

Doing Your Taxes?

W-2s and 1099s for last year will soon be arriving. So it’s not too early to start thinking about putting together your 2015 Form 1040. Here’s what you need to know about changes that could affect your return.

What You Need to Know About Charitable Giving and Taxes

We give to charity because it’s the right thing to do. But charitable gifts also make us happier. These donations not only create a tremendous amount of social good, they can also generate significant tax deductions if you know how to claim them.

IRS Free File Offers More Free Federal and Free State Tax Software Options

The Internal Revenue Service and Free File Alliance have launched the 2016 Free File with many changes and updates, including more free state tax return options and easier Form W-2 imports. Taxpayers whose adjusted gross income was $62,000 or less during 2015 are eligible for at least one, if not more, of the 13 tax software products. For taxpayers who earned more than $62,000, there’s Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms.

Worst Passwords of 2015

If you want to protect yourself online you probably shouldn’t use these passwords.