Category: Financial Matters

Tax Changes Affecting Upcoming Tax Returns

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April 15th is tax day for most of us, and it’ll be here before you know it. Whether you fill out your income tax returns by hand, use software, or hire a professional, only you can gather the information needed. Before starting, you should be aware of tax law changes that will affect individual 2018 income tax returns. I found a great article detailing the tax changes and you don’t have to be a CPA to understand it! You’ll find the article here: The Motley Fool. A few of the tax changes There are still seven income brackets but the tax rates have changed. The standard deductible has almost doubled, but before you get too excited…. The personal deduction has been eliminated. The child tax credit has doubled. College tuition and fees are no longer deductible. Mortgage interest is still deductible, but there are limits. The amount of charitable contributions you can deduct has increased. Allowable medical expense deductions are no more than 7.5% of your AGI (adjusted gross income). Deductions for state and local taxes, including property taxes, are capped at $10,000. This may be the year to try tax software With all the changes, this might be the […]

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Credit Cards That Pay You Back

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There are countless credit cards to choose from, so they offer all kinds of perks to entice you. But offers are confusing at best and can be misleading if you don’t read the fine print. If you’re thinking of applying for a new credit card, get one that earns its keep with offers that fit your lifestyle.   Things to know before applying for new credit cards. Check your credit score free at Apply for one card at a time. Applying for more could affect your credit score. To avoid affecting your credit score, don’t cancel the credit card you’re replacing. Just stop using it. Decide which features and benefits fit your lifestyle. Cash back rewards Check for easy redemption, cash back limit or expiration, bonus categories. Interest rates If you carry a balance, beware of introductory APR vs. the eventual rate. Travel perks May include miles, baggage check, upgrades, airport lounge fees, etc.. Bonus for new account Check the bonus amount and spend requirements. Annual fee If there is one, make sure perks cover the cost. Late fees If you have trouble paying on time, these can be enormous. Balance transfer offers If you plan to transfer a […]

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