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A Parent-Child Conversation About College Costs

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If you’re the parent of a high school student who’s looking ahead to college, it’s important to have a grown-up conversation with your child about college costs. A frank discussion can help both of you get on the same page, optimize the college search process, and avoid getting blindsided by large college bills. An initial …

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Managing Money When You Marry: Financial Tips for Newlyweds

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Getting married is an exciting time for a couple. However, along with this excitement come many challenges. One such challenge is how to manage your finances together. The key to success is to communicate with your partner and come up with a financial plan that you both agree on, since the financial decisions you make …

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Pick Your Plastic: Debit or Credit?

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According to a Federal Reserve study, Americans use debit cards more often than credit cards, but the total value and the average value of credit card transactions are higher than those of debit card transactions. While consumers made 69.5 billion transactions using debit cards, the total value of these transactions was $2.56 trillion, with an …

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Mid-Year Planning: Tax Changes to Factor In

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December of last year, fundamentally changes the federal tax landscape for both individuals and businesses. Many of the provisions in the legislation are permanent, others (including most of the tax cuts that apply to individuals) expire at the end of 2025. Here are some of the significant …

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Family Leave Tax Credit

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A new federal tax credit for employers was created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Employers that offer employees up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave may claim a tax credit for a portion of the wages paid during their leave. The credit is available for wages paid in …

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