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Three FREE (We Promise!) Ways to File Your Taxes

Written by Lila Quintiliani · 30 January 2020

Did you know there are ways to file your taxes for FREE? No strings attached. Free tax preparation is an easy way to save lots of cash during tax season. The average cost of commercial tax return preparation is around $220, but some taxpayers pay well above that for a simple tax return.

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Tips to Prepare You for Your Tax Preparation Appointment

Written by Lila Quintiliani · 30 January 2020

Sometimes preparing for your tax appointment can be the most daunting part of filing a tax return. We’re here to help. Use this checklist for a seamless tax preparation appointment.

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Five Things the IRS Will NEVER Do

Written by Lila Quintiliani · 30 January 2020

Each tax season, Americans are bombarded with numerous IRS scams and fraudulent schemes. There are lots of myths and urban legends floating around social media and the internet. Taxpayers should take caution and know that:

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Split It! Have a Plan for Your Refund

Written by Lila Quintiliani · 30 January 2020

Have a plan in mind when you file your taxes. If you’re due a refund, go ahead and split it up into multiple accounts (think checking, saving, and retirement or college saving account) using the 30-40-30 plan:

  • 30% of your refund to pay off outstanding debts or catch up on bills
  • 40% of your refund to pay for current expenses, needs, or wants
  • 30% of your refund to establish or build up savings. This could be an emergency fund (start with $500) or longer-term like retirement or a large purchase like a home.

Use IRS Form 8888 to split your refund in up to THREE accounts. Form 8888 can be accessed with your tax preparer during your tax preparation appointment. It’s easy to use, so don’t forget to ask if your preparer doesn’t suggest it.

PRO TIP: Add the account and routing numbers or blank checks of the accounts you are using for the 30-40-30 plan to your tax documents folder so you’re ready to fill in Form 8888 before your complete your tax return.

It’s our favorite way to save, automatically and through direct deposit.

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Tips to Save Money AND Heartache This Tax Season

Tax Time Saving Income Tax Tips
Written by Lila Quintiliani · 24 January 2020

Filing income tax forms can be a complicated and somewhat painful process. Gathering documents is a chore. Tax forms can seem confusing to the uninitiated. And military families face additional obstacles at tax time: they may not know about certain military-specific tax provisions that can benefit them, and they are also prey to certain tax schemes that target the military community.

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Making Saving Automatic Leads to Personal Success

Written by Lila Quintiliani | May 27, 2020

Ryan’s savings journey started when he was an active duty airman. Frequent deployments and temporary duty assignments gave him the opportunity to save. By the time he transitioned out of active duty, he had built up a healthy rainy-day fund and had started to aggressively save for retirement.

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When You Start Small, Saving is Easy

Written by Lila Quintiliani | August 12, 2019

When Attiyya first got married, she and her Marine husband had just graduated from college and were focused on paying off student loan debt. They had both attended private schools and had sizeable loans. Then three months after the wedding, the couple found out they were pregnant with their first child.

The first year of their marriage, says Attiyya, was a balancing act between paying down debt and saving for the future.

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Living the Dream: This Military Couple Retired Early

Written by Jackie Toops | March 18, 2021

“Continuous dedication to financial peace pays off,” shares military couple, Denise and Jim. They would know, because at ages 52 and 53, they are already retired. The couple enjoyed life as an Army family for 32 and a half years and started planning for retirement decades ago. Denise shares, “We are not working a paid job, but are volunteering and meeting some personal fitness goals and enjoying some time together after many years spent geographically apart. It can be done!”

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