Origin of the “Death & Taxes” Quote: A Brief History of the Famous Quotation

“Nothing is certain except death and taxes.” We’ve all heard the quote, (or, misquote?) and it’s cemented a place in our history and popular culture. While most people attribute the origin of the quote to Ben Franklin (or even wrongly so to Mark Twain) it was quoted decades earlier. Here’s the history of the famous, “death and taxes” quote. Ben Franklin usually […]

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Are GoFundMe Campaigns Tax Deductible? Crowdfunding Donations & Taxes

Is My GoFundMe Campaign Tax Deductible? We are inching ever closer to this year’s tax day: Tuesday April 18. The deadline for filing your taxes can bring some stress to even the most relaxed person. How about if you’ve donated to a crowdfunding campaign like GoFundMe? What if you are the recipient of a campaign? […]

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When to Expect Your IRS Refund: How Long Will it Take?

How long it takes to get your tax refund: So, you got your taxes filed before the April deadline? Nice! The average refund check from the IRS is for about $3100, so hopefully the IRS is going to write you a fat check. So, when should you expect your IRS refund check in the mail, […]

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Salvation Army Tax Deduction Tips: Donation Guidelines, Lists, & Limits

Salvation Army Tax Deduction Tips: As you think about preparing your taxes (or at least finding all of those receipts you shoved somewhere in a box to take to the accountant), it’s never too soon to think about tax-deductible charitable donations for 2017’s taxes. For those who itemize their deductions, charitable donations to organizations like the […]

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Are Tax Preparation Fees & Tax Prep Software Expenses Deductible?

Writing off tax preparation fees and the cost of tax prep software like TurboTax: Whether you buy software to file your taxes or pay a professional to prepare them, there’s always expenses involved in filing your taxes. So, can you deduct the cost of tax software or paying a tax professional from your taxes? The answer […]