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7 things you can do now to lower next year's tax bill

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Tax season is coming up, and it isn't expected to be an easy one. For the first time, people will have to report their health insurance status on their tax returns. As happens every couple of years, there are a slew of tax breaks that will go away next year if Congress doesn't act to renew them.

Was your college degree worth the cost? Depends on how you’re paying for it.

washingtonpost.com — Do you feel like your college degree was worth the money you paid for it? The answer probably depends on how you paid for it. If you're swimming in debt, your answer is more likely "no," according to a new study.

Why it’s cheaper to get a new car than a used car right now

washingtonpost.com — Is your car about to give out? It might be a good time to upgrade, especially if you have your eye on a new one. Interest rates for car loans overall are down this quarter when compared to the start of 2012, but they are much cheaper for new car loans, according to a report from Wallet Hub, a financial comparison Web site.

The major cities where homeownership is the most - and least - affordable

washingtonpost.com — The hurdles to homeownership are many. On top of saving for the down payment, some people are too busy stressing about other debt to want to take on a mortgage. Others are better off stashing the money away for retirement.

7 things you can do now to lower next year's tax bill

denverpost.com — By Jonnelle Marte The Washington Post Posted: 11/16/2014 12:01:00 AM MST WASHINGTON - Tax season is coming up, and it isn't expected to be an easy one. For the first time, people will have to report their health insurance status on their tax returns.

7 things you can do now to lower next year’s tax bill

washingtonpost.com — Tax season is coming up, and it isn't expected to be an easy one. For the first time, people will have to report their health insurance status on their tax returns. As it happens every couple of years, there are a slew of tax breaks that will go away next year if Congress doesn't act to renew them.

The states that tax the poor the most

washingtonpost.com — The tax breaks available to the poor offer a lot more than extra spending money each spring. For some families, it can go a long way toward eventually lifting them out of poverty. Such tax breaks are pretty standard, and pretty generous, at the federal level - to the point where they typically eliminate federal income tax liabilities for families in poverty.

How to make sure you don’t chose the wrong health plan this open enrollment season

washingtonpost.com — Most people try to get through open enrollment without changing a thing. But that inertia might cost them hundreds of dollars later. Even people who haven't seen a change in their jobs, health or coverage may have to pay more next year than they did this year.

The small change that can save you thousands of dollars a year in health costs

washingtonpost.com — Welcome to open enrollment season. That time of year when you get e-mail after e-mail from your employer reminding you of all the changes you need to make to your benefits. Of all the decisions that need to be made around now, one that often gets looked over is the chance to open a health savings account.

Why millennials prefer electronic gift cards

kansas.com — With the holiday glut fast approaching, you may want to think about avoiding plastic - gift cards, that is.
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Nov 24, 2014

RT @GetThereWP: Overall whites have nearly $8 of wealth for every $1 held by African Americans. wapo.st/1AHCATW pic.twitter.com/sw5yZV9xh7

Nov 24, 2014

@JPKilzi exactly! I was pretty surprised when I learned this tho.

Nov 24, 2014

The big difference between how wealthy African-American and white investors treat their money: wapo.st/1AHCATW by @Fletchpost

Nov 24, 2014

Multibillion-dollar battle is on this holiday season as retailers fight to get to your doorstep: wpo.st/2Uev AKA free shipping!

Nov 24, 2014

Nicholas Kristof on what ‘whites just don’t get' about racial inequality wpo.st/hPev

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