Who doesn't dread opening a letter from the IRS? If you know it's not a refund check, it probably means an AUDIT! Even if you're the most honest taxpayer in the country, you don't want to be in a disagreement with the IRS. And the IRS is getting tougher. In 2007, the number of individual..
Quick: What's the balance in your checking account? And how much more could you charge on your credit card before getting hit with an over-limit fee? And by the way, how much did you spend on clothing or entertainment last year? And what bills should you pay in the next few days to avoid late..
If there's a high school senior in your family, your first task of the New Year is to get ready to file the FAFSA form - the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You can file starting Jan. 1, and the early bird gets the aid! All college seniors, who want to get financial aid..
HSBC-North America, the Prospect Heights-based financial services firm, today will announce a $1 million grant to Money Management International, Inc., a non-profit consumer debt counseling agency affiliated with Consumer Credit Counseling Services. The program, called PHASES -- Preserving Homeownership and Savings Education Strategy -- was designed to work with leading organizations to provide funding and..
Q. I am 64 and have been retired for four years. My wife, 63, is still working. We have managed to put aside a tidy nest egg, and are still saving. We have no debt. We are currently paying over $10,000 a year for health insurance. I will soon be old enough to apply for..
He's ba-ack! Flip Filipowski, who more than any other individual dramatized Chicago's Internet aspirations, has survived a billion dollar bankruptcy of his publicly held Chicago-based divine inc. and a personal downfall that left him with a significantly diminished fortune. Of course, he started with the $3.5 billion he made by selling his startup software company,..
It's so easy to fall in love with the idea of a new kitchen -- new appliances, new cabinets, new flooring. Maybe you'll even cook! And it looks easy to justify the expense. After all, this will certainly add value to your home. But when it comes to the financial side of kitchen remodeling, you..