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Four tips for building an emergency fund

Planning for emergencies is like buying insurance: you pay into an account and hope you'll never have to use it. But life happens. Cars break down. Roofs leak. Kids get injured. Having money in the bank to cover those unexpected expenses can reduce stress and keep you from relying on credit cards and loans to…
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New job? Four choices for your existing 401(k)

Changing jobs and companies can be an exciting opportunity, but you have a choice to make. What will you do with the retirement savings you have accrued in your 401(k)? Consider these four choices: 1. Withdraw the money and don't reinvest it. This is usually the worst choice you can make. Generally, you'll owe taxes…
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Five home office deduction mistakes

If you operate a business out of your home, you may be able to deduct a wide variety of expenses. These may include part of your rent or mortgage costs, insurance, utilities, repairs, maintenance, and cleaning costs related to the space you use. It can be a tricky area of the tax code that's full…
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