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2011 Tax Changes

The passage of the Tax Relief Act of 2010 last December removed a lot of uncertainties for taxpayers. The law, which extended Bush area tax cuts by two years and temporarily reduced payroll taxes by 2% for one year, also introduced some other changes in taxes for 2011. One of those changes is investment income taxes. […]

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File 2010 Tax Return for Free

The 2011 tax season has already arrived. For those who don’t have to delay filing their returns (see who must wait to file 2010 federal income taxes in my 2011 tax deadline post), the sooner to file, the earlier to get their refund. While there are plenty of paid tools available if you want to […]

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4 Things to Remember about Mortgage Loan Modification

You probably know people who are having problems paying their monthly mortgage loans. In the midst of this crisis, who doesn’t know at least one? Homeowners in distress can remain hopeful in spite of the current crisis. To help responsible homeowners who have been affected by the economic crunch, the Obama administration has laid out several […]

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PerkStreet Offers 5% Cash Back for Tax Preparation Services

The 2011 tax deadline is still four months away, so you still get plenty of time to prepare your 2010 returns. Whether you will do the taxes yourself or heir somebody else to do the job for you, here’s an offer from PerkStreet that could reduce the burden off your wallet a little bit. From now […]

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Now Every Stamp Is A Forever Stamp

So far there is only one design for the Forever Stamp, the Liberty Bell. That will soon change. According to a New York Times story early this week, almost every stamp among 70 to be issued by the Postal Service this year will have “Forever” printed on it instead of the monetary value that we […]

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Does Automatic Enrollment Improve Retirement Saving?

Our government has been for a while now trying its best to figure out ways to get American workers to help themselves by saving for their retirement.  Too many still think that Social Security is a retirement savings program in and of itself (it’s only designed to provide 20-30% of total retirement income). A couple […]

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2011 Tax Rates Table

In late December 2010, the IRS issued official 2011 tax rate tables with updated Federal tax brackets after Congress passed Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. The Tax Relief Act of 2010 extended Bush-era tax cut for all Americans for two more years regardless their incomes and reduced payroll taxes temporarily […]

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The 2010 Year In Money

As we get to the end of the year, it seems like now might be as good a time as any to review some of the major events that shaped our financial lives in 2010.  While most of the news of the year seemed to be doom and gloom there were a few bright spots […]

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