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Personal Finance

Help with taxes, saving for college and other financial planning issues.

Financial Planning

  • The debit vs. credit debate: Which is best?

    As Americans make a growing number of purchases with plastic, the debate over which is a better form of payment – debit or credit – rages on. Here are the pros and cons of both.
  • How to give your home to your children tax-free

    There are several ways to give a home to your child. And a few are tax-free. But in order for the transaction to work properly, you've got to plan ahead. Here is a rundown of your options.
  • When seniors struggle with debt

    The percentage of older Americans carrying debt has increased markedly in the past couple of decades. But the news for seniors isn't all bad, and some debt may be good.
  • Updating estate plans after a divorce

    If you recently got divorced, make sure your will, beneficiary designations and other financial arrangements reflect your current wishes.

Taxes

  • What you should know about funding IRA accounts

    You can make 2014 contributions to your IRA as late as April 15. But why wait? Here are seven ways to start funding your account now.
  • How to give your home to your children tax-free

    There are several ways to give a home to your child. And a few are tax-free. But in order for the transaction to work properly, you've got to plan ahead. Here is a rundown of your options.
  • 10 unusual state taxes from around the U.S.

    The American tax system is very large, very complex, and sometimes very strange. Here are the 10 oddest ways some state governments tax – or don't tax – their citizens.
  • Get next year's tax refund now

    Even though we dread filing our taxes, many of us celebrate when we get a refund. Instead of lending that money to the government until next year, here's how you can get it in every paycheck now.

College

  • Why college sophomores pay more

    Families receiving college financial aid offers this spring should be aware that what they see this year may not be what they get next year. Here's why college sophomores often end up paying more.
  • College debt is the hardest to pay off

    Even as Americans dutifully pay down their credit cards and mortgages, they are having a tougher time with their rapidly rising student loan burden. Here's how the debt stacks up.
  • The best ways to save for college

    Not sure how to save for college? Instead of considering one savings vehicle, try combining a few of them for the maximum benefit. Here's how.
  • The tax-smart way to use 529 funds

    If you have a college-tuition bill coming due this year and plan to pay it all with money from a 529 savings account, you might be missing out on valuable tax benefits.
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