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Top Tax Scams to Watch Out for in 2015

If you’re paying someone to prepare your tax return, make sure they’re legitimate. Photo: 401(k) Every year, Americans lose untold billions of dollars to a host of tax scams that range from identity theft to return-preparer fraud. […]

Indie Coffee Shop Thrives in the Shadow of the Dunkin’ Empire

Coffee Break Cafe has managed to thrive in the birthplace of global coffee goliath Dunkin’ Donuts. Photo: Coffee Break Cafe I’m at the Coffee Break Cafe in Quincy, Mass., waiting to meet the shop’s co-owner, Jenn Ormond. […]

Indie Coffee Shop Thrives in the Shadow of the Dunkin’ Empire

Coffee Break Cafe has managed to thrive in the birthplace of global coffee goliath Dunkin’ Donuts. Photo: Coffee Break Cafe I’m at the Coffee Break Cafe in Quincy, Mass., waiting to meet the shop’s co-owner, Jenn Ormond. […]

Overcoming the Whitewashing of Your Past to Improve Your Financial Decisions

As we get older, we tend to distort our memories in favor of the choices we made. Photo: Kevin Dooley It took me a long time – most of a year, in fact – to come to terms with the fact that I spent most of my early professional life making horrible financial decisions and pretty mediocre career decisions. I wasn’t exactly lacking in evidence in either department, to tell the truth. […]

Overcoming the Whitewashing of Your Past to Improve Your Financial Decisions

As we get older, we tend to distort our memories in favor of the choices we made. Photo: Kevin Dooley It took me a long time – most of a year, in fact – to come to terms with the fact that I spent most of my early professional life making horrible financial decisions and pretty mediocre career decisions. I wasn’t exactly lacking in evidence in either department, to tell the truth. […]

Four Surprisingly Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

Don’t get wigged out about stress! There are easy ways to dial it down. Photo: Emergency Brake Five years ago, I was introduced to the concept of good and bad stress, or eustress and distress. This transformed my outlook on stress. As a busy mom and entrepreneur, I’m well aware of the negative consequences of stress. […]

Four Surprisingly Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

Don’t get wigged out about stress! There are easy ways to dial it down. Photo: Emergency Brake Five years ago, I was introduced to the concept of good and bad stress, or eustress and distress. This transformed my outlook on stress. As a busy mom and entrepreneur, I’m well aware of the negative consequences of stress. […]

Proposed Changes to 529 Plans Would Dampen Their Appeal

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama proposed changes to 529 college plans that may force the 7 million families using them to rethink their college financial game plan. Currently, you can make contributions to a 529 plan, invest those funds, and eventually withdraw the earnings tax-free as long as the money is used for education expenses such as tuition, room and board, or b […]

Proposed Changes to 529 Plans Would Dampen Their Appeal

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama proposed changes to 529 college plans that may force the 7 million families using them to rethink their college financial game plan. Currently, you can make contributions to a 529 plan, invest those funds, and eventually withdraw the earnings tax-free as long as the money is used for education expenses such as tuition, room and board, or b […]

TurboTax Refund for Deluxe Customers

Photo: TurboTax via Facebook Taxpayers and investors alike have expressed outrage this tax season over recent changes made by TurboTax. […]