Spend Your Tax Refund Wisely

By Jason Alderman Last year the IRS doled out over 110 million income tax refunds averaging $2,803. Another way to look at it is that collectively, Americans overpaid their taxes by nearly $310 billion in 2012. Part of that is understandable: If you don’t have enough tax withheld throughout the year through payroll deductions or [...]



 How To Handle A Tax Bill
You Can’t Afford To Pay

By Kimberly Rotter This April 15th the bottom line for many taxpayers will be an amount owed, not a refund due. No matter what the amount it almost always hurts, at least a little, to write that check to Uncle Sam. And, hopefully if you’re one of those who is faced with a tax bill you’ll [...]



 2014 Tax Season
What You Need To Know

By Lauralynn Schueckler Many people are already anticipating the need to get their taxes in order, after all, April 15th comes pretty quick. For those who have done taxes in the past, history has shown that the folks in Washington are forever making changes to the tax laws. As with many years in the past, [...]



 Tax Preparation and Refund Tips

By Mark Foster As the tax season rolls around there are some important things to keep in mind. Last year’s average federal tax refund was approximately $3,000. That’s a lot of money, so it’s important to have a game plan for what to do with it. It’s all too easy to spend a refund on [...]



 Retiring Soon? Don’t Forget Tax Implications

By Jason Alderman If your retirement is not far off you’ve probably already started to estimate what your living expenses will be after the regular paychecks stop. Most would-be retirees remember to include routine expenses like housing (rent or mortgage), medical bills and prescriptions, insurance premiums, transportation – even food and entertainment. But don’t forget [...]



 Income Tax Identity Theft

By Jana Castanon Be Aware Now Identity Theft. You know what it is. You have heard ads, news reports, and warnings on ways to protect yourself. You probably have a firewall on your computer, are more cautious when you are using your credit or debit cards, and more mindful when you are giving out personal information. But, [...]



 What To Do With That Tax Refund?

By Sara Gilbert The average tax refund last year was just under $3,000, and that amount is expected to be about the same for tax returns being filed now. For many of us money and expenses can be a constant concern.  But, if you are expecting a nice refund this year try to use that money to [...]



 Should You Hire a Tax Preparer?

By Jason Alderman The US tax code grows more complicated every year and currently spans thousands of pages – even government experts can’t agree exactly how long it is. So it’s not surprising that millions of Americans hire professional tax preparers to complete their returns. Relinquishing the onerous task of calculating your taxes to a [...]



 7 Money Smart Ways
to Spend Your Tax Return

By Malcolm Johannessen Tax time can be a nice time of year for many struggling homeowners. Playing catch up or getting ahead can be far more comforting in the long term than that flat screen TV. Whether you’re expecting $700 or $7000, spending your tax returns wisely can be a real difference maker for the [...]



 Important Tax Tips

By Mark Foster Few things in life are certain, but two things are – death and taxes. Last year’s average federal tax refund was approximately $3,000. It’s all too easy to spend a refund on various fun things or odds and ends so it is wise to have a plan for prioritizing where the refund [...]