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It’s the Fourth of July: Independence Day Boost the Economy

It’s the Fourth of July: Independence Day Boost the Economy

Independence day is here! The day we remember those who fought for our independence in the past and honor our heroic military troops of the present. It’s also a day we celebrate with our families and friends by doing everything from firing up the grill to attending explosive firework shows.Our infographic shows you everything from how much Americans spend on Independence Day to how many millions of dollars in damage their personal firework celebrations are causing. Full story

Health Care Insurance Mandate Upheld: What Does It Mean for You and Your Taxes?

Health Care Insurance Mandate Upheld: What Does It Mean for You and Your Taxes?

Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, or the individual health insurance mandate, they have been all the buzz today, since the individual health insurance mandate was upheld today by a Supreme Court ruling. The individual insurance mandate aims to extend health insurance coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans, but how does that ruling impact your taxes today or even the next time you file your taxes?

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Duty-Free Shopping: A Beginner’s Guide

Duty-Free Shopping: A Beginner’s Guide

If you’re a true bargain hunter, you’ve probably heard about duty-free shopping before. It’s an opportunity to save tens or hundreds of dollars on your purchases by shopping in areas that have been designated as “duty” (or tax) free. Unfortunately, like many shopping tactics, duty-free isn’t always clear-cut. Today, we’ll introduce you to the topic with our beginner’s guide on duty-free shopping.

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First Day of Summer (Summer Solstice): Summer Camp Can be Fun and a Tax Savings

First Day of Summer (Summer Solstice): Summer Camp Can be Fun and a Tax Savings

The first day of summer ( Summer Solstice) is June 20th, and with it, comes weeks away from the daily grind. Of course, summer vacation is just a myth for American adults. As for parents, they must prepare for challenge number one: keeping their children busy without breaking the bank. Fortunately, there are ways to send kids to summer camp and receive a tax savings. Find out more here. Full story

College Grads and Gifts That Keep Giving [Infographic]

May and June are exciting months for college grads, parents, and relatives, as college graduates take that final walk across the stage and grab that much anticipated diploma. Parents and relatives are so excited this year, that they are expected to reward the Class of 2012 with $4.7 billion in gift cards, cash, electronics, apparel and other presents. Take a look at our graphical presentation of the college gift giving trends and student loan debt. Full story

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Father’s Day vs. Mother’s Day and Tech-Savvy Daddy

Father’s Day vs. Mother’s Day and Tech-Savvy Daddy

Father’s Day is right around the corner and although Mother’s Day wins in the battle of the splurge (sorry dad), Father’s Day spending is closing the gap. In addition, in the battle of the techie, dads reign supreme over moms when it comes to receiving the hottest new electronic gadgets as Father’s Day gifts. Check out our infographic that compares Father’s Day vs. Mother’s Day spending, shows why dad is more tech-savvy, and how much more we are spending on electronic gadgets dads love. Full story

Tanning Tax: Summer Bummer?

Tanning Tax: Summer Bummer?

Aaaah summer’s in the air. Time to get that sun-kissed skin. ‚Äč Well not so fast. Did you know you will pay an additional 10% federal excise tax if you go to a tanning salon to get that extra glow (guess that’s why Snooki said she tans naturally now)? Michael Rubin gives us the 411 on the Tanning Tax. Full story