Tax Changes for 2008

on June 12, 2008

Tax time isn’t the best time of the year, but if you’re just starting those taxes, there’s news both good and bad that you need to know. Money reporter Stacy Johnson has some recent changes that lower your tax bill for 07…but raise it in 08.

Changing Your Credit Score
Changing Your Credit Score

on June 12, 2008

If you borrow money, you probably know that your credit score is important. The company behind credit scoring, Fair Issac, recently announced changes in the way they’ll soon be doing it.

Paying Taxes With Plastic

on June 12, 2008

Are you filing your taxes electronically this year? If you are, and you happen to owe the IRS money… chances are you’ll be among the those who’ll pay with their credit cards…

Changing Tax Mistakes
Changing Tax Mistakes

on June 12, 2008

Taxes can be complicated, which means it’s easy to make mistakes…mistakes that could have gotten you a bigger refund…or could get you in hot water with the IRS. But just because a mistake is made doesn’t mean it can’t get corrected.

Your Odds of an Audit
Your Odds of an Audit

on June 12, 2008

Being rich has some fairly obvious advantages. But there are also drawbacks. For example, this time of year when a big income may mean bigger odds of an audit. Audit odds.

Shrinking Cell Phone Fees?

on June 12, 2008

If you’ve got a cell phone contract, you’re probably aware that if you leave before it ends, you’ll be in for a hefty termination fee. But that’s something that’s already changing at one major carrier and may soon be connecting with others as well.

Time to Buy Blu-Ray?
Time to Buy Blu-Ray?

on June 12, 2008

The battle of the DVD formats is over and Blu-Ray won. But does that mean it’s time to rush out and buy one? Not so fast…

Digital TV: A Problem?
Digital TV: A Problem?

on June 12, 2008

In less than a year, Digital TV will be here. Does it mean your old TV is trash? Do you need to buy a converter box? What’s the government doing to help?

Net Worth of Presidential Candidates
Net Worth of Presidential Candidates

on June 12, 2008

The President of the United States is expected to help manage the world’s biggest economy. But when it comes to money, which of the current candidates does the best job of managing their own?

Taxes: Most Common Mistakes
Taxes: Most Common Mistakes

on June 12, 2008

Every year, millions of tax returns are filed with mistakes…mistakes that can delay your refund…even cost you money. Want to avoid the most common? Money reporter Stacy Johnson has things to watch for…

Investigating Tax Pros
Investigating Tax Pros

on June 12, 2008

If you’ll be getting help with your taxes this year, you probably want to make sure its the best help around. Stacy Johnson has a few tips to make sure your choice for a paid tax professional adds up.

Kids as Tax Deductions
Kids as Tax Deductions

on June 12, 2008

Raising children isn’t easy… or cheap. But this time of year, those dependents can save you money on your taxes. And now the rules about who qualifies as your dependent have changed to better reflect our society.

Losing with Refund Anticipation Loans
Losing with Refund Anticipation Loans

on June 12, 2008

Every year, millions of Americans take out loans on their tax refunds… and every year tax preparation companies rake in millions in interest and fees. But these controversial loans haven’t escaped the notice of consumer advocates, and now Uncle Sam is weighing in.

Taxes: Software vs Accountants
Taxes: Software vs Accountants

on June 12, 2008

While taxes may be as certain as death, how you file them is up in the air. You can do them yourself, go to an accountant, or use your computer. Today money reporter Stacy Johnson explores the cost and benefits of each…

Taxes: Do You Have to File?
Taxes: Do You Have to File?

on June 12, 2008

Don’t you hate filing taxes? Well, millions of people don’t even have to file a return. But if you think that sounds lucky, you might want to think again.

Free Tax Help From The IRS
Free Tax Help From The IRS

on June 12, 2008

Every year millions of Americans line up to pay professionals to do their taxes. But needing professional help doesn’t mean you need to pay for it.

Homes: Should You Rent or Buy?
Homes: Should You Rent or Buy?

on June 12, 2008

Owning your own home: an idea so popular it’s known as the American Dream. But as prices fall and foreclosures rise, for many it’s become a nightmare instead. How do you know whether renting or owning is the way to go?

Roth or Regular? 401K Plans
Roth or Regular? 401K Plans

on June 12, 2008

If you put money in any retirement accounts, you probably have a choice between traditional and Roth. But what’s the difference?

Investing vs Paying Credit Card Debt
Investing vs Paying Credit Card Debt

on June 12, 2008

If you’ve got savings and debt, should you use your savings to pay off your debt? Or is investing your savings a better plan?

Cars: Lease or Buy?
Cars: Lease or Buy?

on June 12, 2008

If you’re in the market for a new car, one of your first decisions will be whether to buy or lease. Which is the better option?

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