Letters: Taxes!

Host Tess Vigeland along with Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch and tax expert Louis Barajas, who's written five books on personal finance, answer listener tax questions and emails.

Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland and senior producer Paddy Hirsch open the Money mailbag and... The debate over student debt rages on with our listeners, particularly over the $440,000 debt a medical student told us about last week. The divide came down to choice: One party says that that student made a conscious choice to take on that debt. The other party says that a college degree is absolutely necessary today -- and hence, college debt.

For those of you dealing with student debt, here's a link to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's "Paying for College" page. And a link to the cost comparison tool that may help you evaluate the costs and risks involved in paying for school.

With Tax Day fast approaching, we also met up with Louis Barajas, who shared with us how to find a good tax preparer. One red flag? "I promise I'll get you the biggest refund!"

Keep sending us your thoughts on college debt, taxes, anything via Twitter (Tess or Paddy), Facebook or through our contact form.

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Tess Vigeland is the host of Marketplace Money, where she takes a deep dive into why we do what we do with our money.

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