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Tax pro vs. tax software. Do you need to hire an accountant for taxes? #taxtips

Tax Software vs. Tax Pro or Accountant: Which Should You Use?

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Reasons Why You Should Hire a Tax Professional for Taxes

It’s a new tax season and many of you all will be receiving your W-2s soon. The next step is to choose how you want to file your taxes this year. Should you use a tax software or hire a tax pro?

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How to save $3000 in 6 months

How to Save Money Fast: $3K in Six Months

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Money Saving Challenge: How to Save $3,000 in 6 Months

Saving money can be a difficult task and that isn’t completely our faults. Large corporations and their marketing departments are attempting to make spending money as easy and painless as possible, ultimately giving us a sort of high. Also, using plastic (credit or debit cards) to purchase items is painless because with paper money, you hand over one amount and get less in return.

With plastic, you hand over your card and get your card back, eliminating the immediate trigger of pain relating to loss.

Now certainly there are some of our own habits that contribute to a savings shortfall, such as fast food eating and vending machine buying. These need to be curbed or eliminated to boost saving potential.

Also, there are several other ways to help you save and as we continue on with this article, we will uncover effective ways for you to save $3,000 in a six-month period, or sooner. Read More

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Dave Ramsey Plan Explained

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Personal finance is an ever-growing topic because it has an affect on everyone. Every individual is exposed to money in some capacity and it is important to understand how it works. As with anything, there are self-help personalities, gurus and people who claim to have the secret to a winning formula. It can be difficult to find an individual that is genuine and provides a no-frills type of approach, but Dave Ramsey fits that bill.

He has been through a bankruptcy and has felt the pain many Americans are feeling on a daily basis.

Dave Ramsey is a personal finance personality who created a plan that is simple in nature and is effective at helping individuals and families eliminate debt.

In his book The Total Money Makeover, he lays out the Baby Steps, which are 7 steps to help and guide you through the process of eliminating debt and building wealth.

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How to save money for millennials. Cash money saving tips. #moneytips

5 Money Saving Tips for Millennials

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Millennials and Money Series: Millennials Savings and Money Habits to Start Today

Millennials are a unique generation to have grown up with technology nearly every step of the way. Not only that, Millennials were conditioned to go to college and get a degree. Times have changed and educated Millennials are struggling to find high enough wages to help pay for the high cost of education.

That being said, having grown up with technology it has allowed for many ways to save money and generate extra revenue. This article I will go into detail several ways Millennials can save money and squeeze every dollar out of their budget. Read More

Guide to Social Security Benefits

Do You Have to Pay Taxes on Social Security Benefits?

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Question of the Week: Should I file a Tax Return If I Receive Social Security Benefits?

Many people who receive Social Security benefits always wonder if their benefit is taxable and if they should file a tax return. To help answer this question, let’s first determine what Social Security benefits are.

Social Security benefits including the following below and may be taxable:

  • survivor
  • monthly retirement
  • disability benefits

Around tax season, you will receive Form SSA-1099, which will report the total benefits. Read More

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