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‘Innocent Spouse Relief’ Protects Against Tax Fraud

By Jason Alderman I’ll wager that when most brides and grooms utter the phrase, “For better or for worse,” the “worse” they’re imagining probably involves situations like getting laid off or a prolonged family illness – not being the victim of tax fraud perpetrated by a current or former spouse. Married couples typically file joint tax returns because it lets them take advantage of certain tax credits and other benefits …Read More

How to Avoid Being a Bad Roommate

By Jason Alderman For many people, having roommates is a natural transition between leaving their parent’s house and buying their own home. It can be a great way to trim expenses and save for the future. But if you’re not careful, cohabitating can also devolve into constant bickering over finances and dirty dishes. Roommate tensions are not limited to strangers. When cash-strapped young adults return to the nest, or older …Read More

How to Talk About Money Before Marriage

By Matt Bell When you’re getting to know the person you’re thinking about marrying there’s so much to learn. Some of it comes about through questions as you ask each other about past experiences and future goals. Some of it also comes about through observation. Does he respect his parents? Is she usually on time? But it isn’t always easy for couples to talk about money. Nor is it easy to understand the truth about …Read More

Finding Financial Compatibility Before Tying The Knot

In all the planning and preparation that goes into a wedding, there is one important item that the couple should add to their “to-do’s” before the “I do’s,” and that’s an assessment of their financial compatibility. The fact of the matter is that people bring financial baggage into a relationship, and often don’t deal with it until problems arise. Perhaps that baggage comes in the form of a poor credit …Read More