Payroll Tax Changes Affect the Way Americans Spend and Save

Payroll Tax Changes Affect the Way Americans Spend and Save

On January 1, 2013, the American Taxpayer Relief Act put more money back in taxpayers’ pockets with the permanent passage of many tax breaks. The payroll tax holiday, a temporary tax break to help stimulate the economy, however was not extended on January 1, 2013. Our infographic looks at how the expiration of the payroll tax holiday impacts spending habits and how individuals use their tax refunds. Full story

All Grown Up: The Cost of Raising a Child [Infographic]

All Grown Up: The Cost of Raising a Child [Infographic]

Parents who are lucky enough to bring a new bundle of joy into the world can expect to spend between $200,000 and $500,000 before their child even makes it to college. Whew! Don’t forget to take advantage of tax breaks for your children when you file your taxes. Our infographic breaks down the different expenses involved with raising a child and looks at the total costs from birth to age 17. Full story

The Impact of Back-to-School Sales Tax Day

The Impact of Back-to-School Sales Tax Day

The end of summer is upon us, and for the nation’s parents, that means one thing: back-to-school time. As in years past, stores are heavily promoting pens, notebooks, clothing, and other items families are sure to stock up on over the coming weeks. But what many parents may not be aware of are the sales tax holidays many states offer to make back-to-school shopping more affordable. Full story