Marketplace Money for Friday, April 12, 2013
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Taxes are most often associated with death. How about a happier spin? We combine taxes and... poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. Enjoy our listener-submitted tax poems. Plus, have you ever wondered how U.S. taxes compare to what people pay in other countries? And is it time to get rid of joint filing altogether now that many Americans are in non-traditional families? Also, property taxes are a big problem for some filers, especially low- and moderate-income families who have taken on the financial risk of buying a home to take advantage of the housing market's low interest rates. We examine the decision to buy when it's tough to get by. Finally, advice on how to make better decisions and choosing the college of your dreams without taking on loads of debt.
Posted In: Taxes, accounting
A CPA discusses why she charges what she does for doing tax returns. Hint: the easier you make your accountant's life, the cheaper your price will be.
Posted In: Housing, housing prices
Now that the housing market is picking up, making improvements on your home is worth it if you want to put it on the market. Which ones pay off in a quicker sale?
Posted In: college admissions, financial aid, applying to college, student loan, federal student loans
Many soon-to-be high school graduates are settling on their choice of where to attend college. How does a family decide whether to pay for a student's dream school or a more economical alternative?
Posted In: decision, bad decisions
Most of us are bad at making decisions. And that's because we tend to limit our options, according to Chip & Dan Heath, brothers and co-authors of "Decisive: How To Make Better Choices in Life and Work."
Posted In: affordable housing, Housing
Would-be homeowners balance the risks of buying with benefits like building their assets and bettering their children's chances.
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