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The 6 Best Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

Shutterstock photo This content is made possible by our sponsor; the views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. For many Americans, the big incentive to finish their taxes is a fat four-figure refund check from the Internal Revenue Service. This […]

FAANG: 4th Quarter Earnings Scorecard

Shutterstock photo The recent increase in volatility has reminded investors of the reality that there’s no such thing as a free lunch in the stock market. That said, the resiliency of the market, which is almost back to where it stood prior to the recent correction, shows there’s arguably no better place for investors to […]

Zombie Tax Breaks for Your 2017 Return

Shutterstock photo You have to hand it to the U.S. Congress. Where else, in the middle of the night, with the government briefly shut down for lack of funds, would a group of men and women bring back to life tax incentives that died 13 months before? And, without a hint of irony, allow them […]

Tax Breaks for Middle Class Taxpayers

Shutterstock photo If you believe that tax breaks are reserved for hedge fund managers and companies with offshore subsidiaries, you’re probably paying too much to the IRS. Lawmakers have enacted dozens of tax incentives targeted at middle-class families. Taking full advantage of these tax breaks is particularly important for dual-income couples because there’s a good […]

How the Standard Tax Deduction Could Cost You

Shutterstock photo One of the biggest decisions people make at tax time is whether to itemize or take the standard deduction. Most people take the standard deduction, according to IRS data, but tax pros warn that if you’re not careful, taking the standard deduction could actually stick you with a larger tax bill. How the […]

What to Do If Your W-2 Is MIA

Shutterstock photo By now, you should have your hands on probably the most important tax form this filing season: your W-2. Formally called the “Wage and Tax Statement,” it’s a boxy-looking beauty that details compensation from an employer . Generally, every employer that paid you at least $600 in 2017 has to send you a W-2 by Jan. 31. […]

How to Keep Your Tax Preparer From Hating You

Shutterstock photo Tax preparers are a hot commodity this time of year, but sometimes their clients drive them crazy with habits they say are over the line. Here are a few ways you can be less taxing to your tax pro. Don’t wait until March to make an appointment Why it’s annoying: When February’s over, […]