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Tax Refund Information

Now that your taxes are done (they ARE done, right?), you may be one of the 83% of federal filers who are expecting a tax refund from the IRS, or one of the tens of thousands of filers waiting on a one from the state of Wisconsin. If so, we have some answers to some questions that we suppose you might have about your eagerly-anticipated check(s). Read More...

Tax Deadlines

We have some good news and bad news regarding the deadline for getting your income tax returns in on time. The bad news is that if you missed the supposed April 15th deadline (last Friday), fear not: the good news is that the actual due date for filing your 2015 income tax returns is midnight on Monday, April 18th. Here’s what you should do if you can’t file by the 18th, or (gulp), you don’t have the money to pay what you owe. Read More...

Looming Financial Deadlines

With the tax-filing deadline just a few days away, we thought we better give you a brief rundown of the financial moves you should be considering over the next week, if you haven’t already. Read More...

Credit Scores

We’re more than halfway through March, which means we’re more than halfway through our “Millennial Money Month”, devoting the entire month to financial topics that are (hopefully) of interest to young adults (feel free to read along even if you’re a little older than “young”). Read More...

Reducing Your Tax Refund

If you’re like most taxpayers, you are anxiously (or excitedly) anticipating a refund on the state and/or federal taxes you overpaid during 2014.

The IRS says that nearly eight out of ten filers are going to receive at least a refund on their federal tax returns, for an average amount of about $2,800.

But it may not be in your best interests to pay in too much in taxes sooner, only to receive your own money back later. Here are some reasons you may want to rethink receiving a refund, and what to do if you want to hang on to your money as long as possible.


Tax Identity Theft

In the next few weeks thousands of taxpayers will get a negative surprise when they file their taxes (and it will have nothing to do with how much they owe).

What they might find out that someone has already used their Social Security number to file a false tax return, and collect a fraudulent refund from the IRS.

The aftermath of this happening to you can mean a delayed refund, piles of paperwork, and even a loss of certain income-sensitive benefits if the thieves file your return using an overly-inflated income figure.

Here’s how to prevent being victimized by “tax identity theft.”


Year-End To-Do List

Depending on when you read this, there may be just 45 days of 2014 left to enjoy (or endure, depending on your perspective).

As if you already don’t have enough to do over the next few weeks, there a few time-sensitive money (and other) moves you might want to consider making before the year is up.



Whether your health insurance is provided by your employer or you buy it on your own, you probably have a “high deductible” version available to choose. This plan usually offers you lower premiums, in exchange for your willingness to pick up a larger portion of the costs (up to a certain limit). But the lower premiums are only one of the benefits of using a high deductible health insurance plan. For certain people in certain situations, the ability to open (and fund) a Health Savings Account (HSA) can provide even bigger savings from Uncle Sam. Read More...