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  • IRS expands free electronic filing to all

    Here's a tax break for all taxpayers: File your federal tax return for free with the IRS. The tax agency this year expanded its electronic filing program in ways that make it free for anyone who wants to use it. First, the income limit to qualify for...
  • Tax relief: Eating out deals for April 15

    Tax relief: Eating out deals for April 15
    McDonald's: Buy one Quarter Pounder with Cheese or Big Mac and get a second sandwich for just one penny. PLEASE NOTE: The McDonald's April 15 meal deal is not available in all regions please check your local restaurants for details. Cinnabon:...
  • Build a better 401(k)

    The fastest-growing segment of the population these days: centenarians. That might be a testament to medical advances, but it doesn't bode well for a nation of notoriously poor savers. This has many financial experts and policymakers worried about how...
  • Filling out student loan form gets easier

    Filling out student loan form gets easier
    I think it's safe to say most high school seniors and their parents would rather sandblast the oil stains from the garage floor or rearrange the attic than fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. However, here's some news that should...
  • Tax time: Be smart and act fast

    Tax time: Be smart and act fast
    There has been little normalcy in financial matters the last couple of years, which extends to tax strategies. Several factors are affecting traditional year-end decisions taxpayers make to reduce their burden -- whether they are affluent or jobless....
  • Tax changes can boost refund

    Tax changes can boost refund
    You might be able to reel in some extra cash by filing the right tax forms — but be aware of at least one change that could cost you. An array of tax cuts and refunds took effect in 2009 to spur the economy, so most Americans qualify for...
  • Fund a Roth IRA for the grandkids

    Fund a Roth IRA for the grandkids
    Perhaps your 12-year-old granddaughter earns money babysitting for the neighbor's children. You can help her open a Roth IRA. She can put her earnings into the Roth -- or she can keep the cash and you can make contributions for her. Thanks to the power of...
  • Beware of tax scams, IRS says

    Beware of tax scams, IRS says
    It's tax time, and if there is anything that could make it more painful, it's getting caught in a tax scam. The Internal Revenue Service has a scam hotline at (800) 366-4484 to call if you have specific questions about e-mails or other solicitations...
  • Finished your taxes? Here's how to prepare for next year

    Finished your taxes? Here's how to prepare for next year
    There's no time like the present to prepare for next April 15. Here are some tips to help: Get organized: A lot of people recommend shoving everything you're going to need at tax time — property tax bills, mortgage interest statements, charitable...
  • The myth of the Social Security system's financial shortfall

    The annual report of the Social Security Trustees is the sort of rich compendium of facts and analysis that has something for everybody, like the Bible. In recent years, during which conservatives have intensified their efforts to destroy one of the...
  • Mortgage loan now requires higher down payment, credit score

    You may think that having a credit score of at least 700 and a down payment of almost 5 percent will help you buy a home in this home buying environment. But lenders have tightened credit requirements for obtaining a mortgage when you're buying a home....