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11 Kid-Centric Tax Breaks Every Parent Should Know About

Fri Apr 04, 2014 03:07 EST

It's no secret that raising kids is expensive, but did you know that it's now reached price-of-a-vacation-condo-at-the-beach and splurge-on-a-Bentley expensive proportions? The cost of rearing a middle-class American child from infancy to the age of 18 is now an estimated at $241,000 -- and that's before you start getting those college bills. Fortunately, parents get a little bit of financial relief every April, .....

7 Sneaky Taxes That Could Blindside You This Season

Wed Mar 26, 2014 03:38 EST

You've already done your taxes, right? (If not, start here with our easy guide to filing because time is running out.) But even if you've got them figured out -- or have an excellent accountant doing them for you -- you still might be in for some expensive surprises this season. Below, Joseph Boyce, a New York-based CPA, and Gail Rosen, .....

Getting a Tax Return? 5 Easy Ways to Boost Its Value

Stephanie Taylor Christensen
Fri Mar 21, 2014 01:47 EST

The average tax refund for 2014 is just over $3,000. Though your first order of business should be to reduce that amount to $0 next year (after all, a tax refund is really an interest-free loan you've made to the government; LearnVest explains why you don't want a big tax refund, here), there are some simple ways everyone can grow .....

Money Tips for 20-Somethings: 24 Ways to Get Smart About Your Finances

Josh Wolonick
Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:13 EST

Without a doubt, the majority of my anxiety as a 23-year-old working adult is related to my finances, and I would assume that the rest of my generation feels the same way. As of last December, 40 million Americans had student loan debt, with the total amount due approaching $1.2 trillion. Since 1999, student debt has grown by over 500%. Even .....

The Ins and Outs of 529s: What You Should Know About College Savings

Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:34 EST

Terrified of what college might cost by the time your child turns 18? We can't blame you. And if it seems like prices are far more expensive than when you went to school, you're right: The average price of a private four-year college in the United States (including tuition, fees, and room and board) now tops $40,900 a year, a 14% .....
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