Virginia Sent Me to Collections for Dodging Taxes

Virginia Sent Me to Collections for Dodging Taxes

That sounds like an exaggerated, sensationalist headline, but it isn’t!  The commonwealth of Virginia thinks that I failed to pay the income tax I owed in 2009, and last month they sent my information over to a debt collector, who renewed the efforts to track me down.  Me – the personal finance blogger and tax reporting enthusiast – accused of not paying my taxes!   In this post I will detail this experience, which from my perspective … Read entire article »

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April 8th, 2014 | 15 Comments

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April 6th, 2014 | 10 Comments

Hi everyone!   I’m sure you noticed that the blog has been much quieter.  I decided a couple weeks ago to reduce my posting schedule and it has been really hard!  I miss interacting with you all more frequently.  I think writing only 1-2 times per week might be more difficult than writing 3 times per week because posts topics and execution are not as front of mind.   This roundup post is going to cover the rest of March after my last weekly update.  In the future I’ll post these on the first Sunday of the month covering the entire previous month.   Thankfully Kyle and I have another online project we’re working on so my time usually … Read entire article »

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April 4th, 2014 | 14 Comments

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March 31st, 2014 | 2 Comments

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How to Enter 1099-MISC Fellowship Income into TaxACT

March 28th, 2014 | 6 Comments

How to Enter 1099-MISC Fellowship Income into TaxACT

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March 24th, 2014 | 39 Comments

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March 21st, 2014 | 19 Comments

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How to Enter 1099-MISC Fellowship Income into TurboTax

March 19th, 2014 | 14 Comments

How to Enter 1099-MISC Fellowship Income into TurboTax

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March 17th, 2014 | 50 Comments

Why Don’t More People Do Their Own Taxes?

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