There are a number of things you can do to increase the size of your tax refund. One of the key ways to do this is by taking advantage of tax deductions. Being able to deduct things like healthcare expenses, mortgage interest, dependents, energy efficiency improvements, etc. helps lower the tax bill for many Americans…

So, you received your federal tax return for the year, but you’re still waiting on your state refund. It can take anywhere from a day (e-file) to more than 15 weeks (paper) to get a state refund, depending on what state you live in. Please refer to the table below to find your state’s refund…

(Updated January 13, 2022) According to the IRS, they anticipate that most taxpayers will receive their refund within 21 days of when they file their returns. However, that is for those who file electronic returns and choose to get their refund by direct deposit. That also assumes there are no issues with your return. For…

Home buyers are responsible for paying various closing expenses when they obtain a mortgage loan. Lenders and other third parties, such as title insurance providers, can generate revenue by collecting these fees. The amount that a buyer will pay in closing fees typically ranges from three to six percent of the total loan amount. However,…

Funerals are a time to commemorate loved ones who have passed and for families to express their sorrow. Funerals are an essential part of grieving after losing someone, as they bring together friends and family. Unfortunately, however, they are often very expensive.  The National Funeral Directors Association conducted research in 2021 that found the median…

Anyone who owns a piece of real estate – whether it’s personal property or commercial real estate – must pay property taxes. Property taxes are a significant source of revenue for local, county, and state governments. The market value of the property determines the amount owed. Local government officials will assess your property to determine…

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