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Money Monday: Wise ways to use your tax refund

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If you filed your taxes and not an extension, you’ve already seen any tax refunds. Here’s some suggestions from Forbes on how to use it:

  • Catch up on old bills
  • Bulk up your emergency fund
  • Pay down debt with high-interest
  • Contribute to your HSA
  • Put it in retirement savings
  • Put it in education savings
  • Last, spend it on a splurge

Read about Forbes’ different suggestions here: “7 Ways To Make The Best Use Of Your Tax Refund.”

Money Monday: File a tax extension for these reasons

There are a number of reasons to file a tax extension. Does your circumstance fit the bill?

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The deadline for filing your 2018 tax return is April 15, 2019. If you’re not ready, you can apply for an extension to delay filing until October 15 at the latest. But make sure you’re not just procrastinating, and instead have a valid reason for filing an extension, from Forbes’ article:

  • Forms coming from business, real estate investments, etc that bring in income.
  • You’re just now thinking of hiring an accountant…now is when accountants have too many clients and are too rushed.
  • You don’t have time to get your paperwork in order.
  • Forbes has more reasons for filing an extension here: “Not Ready To File Your 2018 Taxes; Get A Six Month Extension”.

Money Monday: Taxes on selling a house

Finding out more about the taxes on selling a house

Selling a home is a major life change.  No matter what your reason is for selling, selling the place you’ve called home is a big deal. One potentially confusing part of the process is figuring out the taxes on selling a house and how the sale will impact your finances for the years to come.

Read Yahoo’s guide on the taxes on selling a house for more information.

Day After – Money Monday: Do this after filing your 2017 tax return

“Relieved that you won’t have to think about taxes for another year now that you’ve finally submitted your 2017 return or will soon? It’s best not to put taxes on the back burner yet. Instead, take advantage of being in tax mode to make a few moves that can help with next year’s return and improve your finances overall.”

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Read Forbes’ article to find out “Smart Tax Moves After You File Your 2017 Tax Return”.

Money Monday: Stretching your tax refund

“The average tax refund was $2,895 last year, according to the IRS. Whether you’re looking to use it for travel, invest it or use it to build an emergency fund, there are certain steps you can take to stretch your tax refund dollars.”

Forbes has some ideas: “Simple Ways To Stretch Your Tax Refund”

Money Monday: 3 Ways to Cut Taxes

Nobody likes to pay more in taxes than they absolutely have to. By the time you start preparing your return, it’s too late to use some of the smartest tactics to control the size of your tax bill. Instead, you have to plan in advance to make sure your refund is as big as possible.

Read them here: “3 simple ways to cut your taxes.”

Money Monday: Tax scams to avoid

Here are 12 of the biggest tax scams the IRS is flagging this year:

  1. Phone scams
  2. Phishing
  3. Tax return preparer fraud
  4. Falsely inflating refunds
  5. Falsely inflating income
  6. Falsely padding deductions
  7. Improperly claiming business credits
  8. Making frivolous tax arguments
  9. Abusive tax shelters
  10. Fake charities
  11. Hiding money offshore
  12. Identity theft

Read up on these: “12 tax scams you’ll want to avoid.”

Money Monday: File your tax return

If your return is fairly simple and you’re up for the challenge, preparing your taxes solo could save you a bit of money. In fact, an estimated 33% of Americans file their own taxes each year, so if you’re ready to join their ranks, here are a few tips for getting through the process.

1. Prepare your return early

2. Figure out whether you’ll be itemizing this year

3. File electronically

Read more about filing your taxes yourself here on CNN’s article: “3 tax-filing tips to make preparing your tax return easier.”