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Are Certified Financial Planners Worth The Money?


Certified Financial Planners (CFPs) are highly-trained professionals who can help you in all aspects of your financial life. But they charge a lot for their experience. Is hiring a CFP right for you?

Gift Tax: Don’t Fear Taxes When You Give (Or Receive)

The gift tax rules allow you to give or receive up to $14,000 before incurring taxes.

Gift tax rules allow tax-free gifts up to $14,000. How does the gift tax work? Do you owe taxes on a cash gift? How much can you give before paying tax?

Cut The Clutter And Keep Your Receipts Organized With Shoeboxed

Cut The Clutter And Keep Your Receipts Organized With Shoeboxed

Keeping receipts organized for tax time can be a pain. Every year you vow to do better yet when tax time rolls around you’re digging through piles of receipts again. Here is a review of Shoeboxed, a digital service that helps you keep your receipts nice and organized.

The High Price Of Divorce, Financial And Emotional

The High Price Of Divorce, Financial And Emotional

Divorce can have hidden financial and emotional consequences. Knowing your full financial situation right from the start will help proceedings. Also, having some emotional support while you go through this tough time can help you from making a bad situation worse.

Married And Gay? How Post-DOMA Laws Will Impact Your Finances


Emerging laws following the overturn of DOMA are rapidly changing personal finance for married gay and lesbians couples. Here are the big things you need to know.

Death and Taxes…and Divorce? Don’t Let Tax Time Bring Your Marriage Down

Man Filling out Tax Form

It’s no secret tax time can be hard on romantic relationships. From the timing of when to file, to tracking down the records, to just plain having to do something you don’t want to do. Take control, and don’t let April 15 be the most miserable day of the year.

Making Prior Year IRA Contributions

David Weliver, Founder, MoneyUnder30.com

Individual retirement arrangements, or IRAs, provide tax incentives for saving for retirement. If you can afford it, I strongly encourage everybody to contribute at least a little bit to a Roth IRA every year, even if you have a 401(k) or other retirement plan at work. And among the many benefits of IRAs is the […]

Your Tax Document Checklist: The No-Stress Guide To Filing Your Taxes, Part 1

Use our free federal tax document checklist to help you get organized for your tax return.

This is part one of Money Under 30’s six part “No-Stress Guide To Filing Your Taxes”. First thing you need to do is make sure you have all the forms and documents you need. It’s a lot less stressful to gather your info before you start.

What’s Happening to My Taxes? The Fiscal Cliff Compromise in 60 Seconds


I don’t write about politics until those rare days Washington actually does something that affects our daily lives. And after months of grandstanding and stonewalling over the “fiscal cliff”, today is one of those days. Here’s what the recent fiscal cliff “compromise” means for your taxes: Payroll tax If you are a working American, your […]

How to Donate Your Money Sensibly


When finances are tight, it can be hard to designate some cash to give away. But even the Grinch-iest and Scrooge-iest among us can be moved to donate during the holiday season. In fact, the Tuesday after Black Friday was recently called “Giving Tuesday” to get everyone in the spirit. Whether you plan to toss […]