Personal Finance

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

Taxes

  • Key changes to your tax return

    Whether you'll end up paying more or less this year depends on your personal situation. In this guide, you'll learn about the nine biggest changes affecting your 2019 tax return.
  • When it's time to hire a tax professional

    Life is complicated and so are taxes. If you're trying to get the most back from the government – or avoid critical mistakes – it could make sense to turn to a pro.
  • 5 last-minute tax strategies

    If you haven't already done your taxes, April 15 is not that far away. Fortunately there are still a few steps you can take to help lower you bill for 2019, and maybe even 2020.
  • What Buffett might say in his annual letter

    Warren Buffett is expected to post his yearly letter to investors on the Berkshire Hathaway website this Saturday morning. Here’s what we could expect to see.

College

  • The value of college today

    Sky-high costs are raising a lot of questions about the worth of a college degree. One expert on the economics of higher education weighs in on its true value.
  • Decoding a financial aid letter

    Any parent who’s had to decipher an offer for financial aid can tell you it’s not easy. Here are a few strategies to help parse it out and make the most of what you’re getting.
  • How a college co-op program works

    One way for students to get a leg up after graduation is through work experience during college. A program to consider is a co-op. Here's what you need to know.
  • You can now use a 529 to repay student loans

    Tax-friendly 529s have long been a great way to save for college. Thanks to a new law, up to $10,000 from one can go toward paying back a beneficiary’s student loans.

Financial Planning

  • What to do if you can't pay your loans

    If you can't pay your loans or you soon won't be able to, you do have some options. We've included updated information on all the loan programs that may be available to you.
  • 3 types of coronavirus scams to watch out for

    The novel coronavirus is causing more than just physical harm to some people. It’s also inflicting severe financial harm, as scammers try to bilk the well-intentioned or uninformed of their cash.
  • Coronavirus and handling cash

    If you’re worried about catching the coronavirus from handling paper money, the chances of that happening may be slim. You should still take precautions, though.
  • When it's time to hire a tax professional

    Life is complicated and so are taxes. If you're trying to get the most back from the government – or avoid critical mistakes – it could make sense to turn to a pro.