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Hey, Fed: Admit Your Limits

Submitted by Brenda Wenning on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 9:00am

Apparently, the Federal Reserve is taking the summer off. Since so many people erroneously believe that this flawed institution is all-powerful, maybe the bank can use its idle time to come clean with the public about its limitations.

Tax Saving for College Kids

Submitted by Jason Lina on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 12:00pm

As any parent knows, dependents are tax deductible. However, letting your children file on their own can create significant tax saving opportunities if you are subject to rules that limit many traditional tax breaks.

How to Get 2015 Tax Breaks

Submitted by Lora Murphy on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 3:00pm

Though the ink’s barely dry on your return for 2014, getting an early start on tax planning for 2015 can save you both money and stress next April. Here are five techniques to keep in mind.

1. Tax-loss harvesting. If you already realized a large capital gains tax in 2015 or anticipate one later this year, this tactic might help. Loss harvesting involves selling an investment at a loss and simultaneously buying a similar, substitute investment.

Tax-Smart Investing

Submitted by Dan Crimmins on Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

No one likes to pay taxes. Although they are one of the two certain things in life, you want to do all you can to reduce this burden. The ways to achieve that is through investing long term in mutual funds specializing in broad asset classes and using tax-managed funds.

IRA Rollovers: Tighter Rules

Submitted by Jeff Rose on Monday, May 18, 2015 - 3:00pm

We often hear the term rollover in connection with retirement accounts. One frequent type of rollovers occurs when you leave a job and roll your 401(k) over to an individual retirement account or a Roth IRA. But beware: The rules just got more restrictive.

ID Tax Theft: What to Do Next

Submitted by Sheri Iannetta Cupo on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 12:00pm

Your letter from the Internal Revenue Service says a bogus tax return was already filed in your name. Or your electronically filed return bounces back because fake returns are already on file with your Social Security number (SSN). Surprise: You may be the victim of identity theft. What can you do?