What Is Head of Household Filing?

Of the various filing status options offered by the IRS, head of household is considered the most advantageous. Numerous rules apply to qualify, but if you do, it will mean a higher standard deduction and wider tax brackets compared to single filing status. Here's...

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Second Spouse Planning

How do you ensure that both your new spouse and your children from your first marriage receive an inheritance if you die before your newly married spouse does? Who gets the house — your new spouse or your children? How will your new spouse get by financially if you...

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What to Know About Employer ID Numbers

In general, businesses need an EIN. There are various ways to apply for one, but the IRS is happy to let you know that you may now apply online. It's a free service. You are urged to check your state to discover whether you need a state number or charter. The online...

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Can You Make Direct Deposit Mandatory?

In 2016, the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA) reported that 82 percent of U.S. employees are paid by direct deposit, jumping from 74 percent in 2011. Clearly, direct deposit is on the rise. But you may be surprised to learn that, according to the...

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The Finances and Taxes of Car Leasing

 Both leasing and buying have advantages and disadvantages, just like renting or buying a house. The most obvious difference is that with a lease, you get a new car every few years and don't have to deal with selling the car. If you like having the newest technology...

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Know How to Handle Canceled Debt

We all understand that  all understand that when we borrow money, we're legally obligated to repay it. What happens when you're forgiven in part and don't have to pay back the full amount? After many huzzahs, you discover that it's not entirely forgiven. The amount of...

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