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Mia Taylor is an award-winning travel and finance journalist with two decades of experience. Her work has appeared on MSN Money, MSN Travel, TheStreet, MainStreet, TheSimpleDollar, Cheapism, KPBS (the San Diego affiliate of National Public Radio) and in Westways Magazine. In 2011, Mia was among a team of KPBS reporters who won the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism for an investigation into the salaries and perks of California county supervisors. She has also received multiple awards from the North American Travel Journalists Association. You can read more about Mia’s career and writing expertise at www.miataylorwriter.com.

5 Tips for How to Use Your Tax Refund

Taxes

5 Tips for How to Use Your Tax Refund

5 Tips for How to Use Your Tax Refund

For many Americans, tax season is windfall season. And long before the refund has even arrived, the money is already mentally spent in countless different ways. Tax refunds, however, present an opportunity to make some savvy financial moves and to also give back. The money for instance, could be used to make a socially responsible... Read More

Home Buying Tips for Women in Single Income Households

Mortgages

Home Buying Tips for Women in Single Income Households

Home Buying Tips for Women in Single Income Households

The real estate website Estately recently conducted a study showing how the continued gender wage gap in America affects home affordability and ownership for women. To answer this question Estately used 2016 U.S. Census data to compare men’s and women’s median salaries in the 50 most populated U.S. cities. Based on those salaries (and assuming... Read More

Pros and Cons of Paying Taxes with a Credit Card

Taxes

Pros and Cons of Paying Taxes with a Credit Card

Pros and Cons of Paying Taxes with a Credit Card

Depending on who you talk to, paying taxes with a credit card can either be a brilliant way to earn a plethora of benefits or a financial move that should only be a last resort. To be clear, the Internal Revenue Service does not directly accept credit card payments. But it does accept such payments... Read More

Six Personal Finance Books for the New Year

Personal Finance

Six Personal Finance Books for the New Year

Six Personal Finance Books for the New Year

The first few months of a new year are a great time to revaluate your financial situation, set new goals and do a little financial housecleaning. And while there’s no one size fits all approach to personal finance, there is one fundamental truth: education is an incredibly valuable part of mastering your finances. Warren Buffet,... Read More

Tax Code Impact on Paychecks in February

Personal Finance

Tax Code Impact on Paychecks in February

Tax Code Impact on Paychecks in February

Employers and payroll services across the nation are expected to begin implementing the new tax code in February. Yet there remains a great deal of confusion regarding the looming changes and how they will impact take-home pay for individuals across the country. Making matters worse, the Internal Revenue Service has issued only a minimal amount... Read More

Filing Taxes in the Wake of the Equifax Breach

Personal Finance

Filing Taxes in the Wake of the Equifax Breach

Filing Taxes in the Wake of the Equifax Breach

Last summer’s Equifax data breach is estimated to have impacted more than 145 million Americans. Vital personal information such as social security numbers, birthdays and addresses were stolen from the credit bureau, which blamed the incident on both human error and technical failures. Whatever the exact cause may have been, the breach has the potential... Read More

The New Tax Plan’s Impact on Homeowners

Personal Finance

The New Tax Plan’s Impact on Homeowners

The New Tax Plan’s Impact on Homeowners

The new tax plan is now officially law and as the dust continues to settle, there’s much confusion about how its provisions impact homeowners across the nation. The plan includes a handful of changes to take note of, among them a new combined deduction limit of $10,000 for property, state and local income taxes. (Residents... Read More

Virtual Credit Card – What You Need to Know

Credit Cards

Virtual Credit Card – What You Need to Know

Virtual Credit Card – What You Need to Know

Virtual credit cards have been around in one form or another for years now, but their use has yet to truly take off among consumers. A crop of new start-ups however, such as Pay With Privacy and Token Payments, are poised to change that. These two companies may not be household names but perhaps they... Read More

10 Places Where Home Ownership is On the Rise

Mortgages

10 Places Where Home Ownership is On the Rise

10 Places Where Home Ownership is On the Rise

For a significant number of Americans, home ownership remains an all too distant dream. Between record levels of student loan debt, the challenges of squirreling away a down payment and skyrocketing housing prices in many parts of the country, it can be daunting at best to shift from renter to owner. The U.S. Census Bureau... Read More

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