Creating My First Excel Sheet Budget: Is This Growing Up?

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The other day, I was chatting with a coworker who has been freelancing for 10 years. Like the 20-something I am, learning as I go, I word vomited something like the following at her: “How do you handle taxes as a freelancer? Do you itemize?”

She now handles taxes differently, being married and having “dependants” and all, but when she started, she tried the whole itemizing thing. How’d she handle it? With two things, she said: receipts and an Excel sheet.…

Tax Season Is A Perfect Time To Revisit Your Retirement Savings Plan

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There are only two more weeks before the April 15 federal income tax filing deadline. Unlike that forgiving professor who accepted your mid-term paper three weeks after spring break, the IRS is no joke. They like deadlines. Even their name strikes fear in the hearts of people. While many of us dread tax time, I would look at it as an opportunity (I’m a glass half full type of guy, if you can’t already tell) to revisit your retirement savings plan.…

Education Tax Credits And Deductions: More Fun Than An Office Of Monkeys [MEMES]

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With taxes due in a month, we thought you might need a final push to swing into action. Fortunately, we found the perfect “person” in our archives to help you: the office monkey. Yes, we uncaged him to once again talk about education tax credits and deductions. And while his terrible puns have not evolved, he did update this information to reflect tax year 2013. Enjoy!…

5 Questions First-Time Tax Filers Need To Answer [EXCERPT]

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Welcome to March—a month famously known for a few things: madness, a date to avoid, and for many people, filing taxes.

Of course, one could probably make a strong case that “madness” and “avoidance” describe most people’s feelings about their taxes. However, here at SALT™, we’re looking to make taxes less, well, taxing this month. (Clearly not through clever wordplay, though.)

To do this, we enlisted help from an organization that knows a few things about tax prep: H&R Block.…

A Love Letter To My Tax Refund

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So, you’re single on Valentine’s Day in New York City. But that doesn’t stop you from getting into the spirit of things. New York has that charm about it. It’s not sad; there are a lot a of couples enjoying the day, as well as a lot of friends enjoying each other’s company.

Being the sappy romantic that I sometimes secretly am, I wrote a few love letters in honor of today’s holiday. Maybe three. And well, I’d thought I’d share the one that made the most sense for this here blog: a love letter to my tax refund.

(And if you think writing a letter to money is strange, you haven’t been paying attention.)…

Want The Real Scoop On Student Loans And Taxes? It’s On Twitter

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“It’s hard to get people to talk about money in person, so it’s a good thing that Twitter exists. People will talk about anything there!”

Fans of this blog probably recognize that lead-in; we used about 300 times to introduce our “Tweet Of The Day.” While we no longer highlight a tweet every day, we still lurk around the Twitterverse. And what we’ve seen recently (besides the super bright redesign) is a lot of chatter about student loans and taxes.…

The Unexpected Costs Of The International Dream

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I am currently sitting in the airport in Rome, reliving the past 10 days. Over the last week and a half, my parents, brother, and I traveled all through Europe, visiting Italy, the South of France, and Spain.

We saw everything from the Vatican and Sistine Chapel in Rome to Park Güell in Barcelona to the beautiful views along the coast of Marseille, France. What stuck out to me the most was not these gorgeous sites, but what our tour guides told us about the living expenses in each area.

I know, and I can fully admit it: I am a financial dork.…