Good News For Widow Who Lost Her Home Over $6.30 Tax Bill

There’s some good news for a Pennsylvania woman this week: she can keep her home. A decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has put an end to litigation involving the sale of her home due to an alleged underpayment. The woman, Eileen Battisti, allegedly failed to pay $6.30 (downloads as a pdf) in interest on a late payment of property taxes … Read more

Philadelphia Counts Down To Pope’s Visit As Rental Prices Keep Climbing

Philadelphia is rolling out the red carpet in September 2015 in preparation for the Pope’s visit. It’s not only Pope Francis’ first time in Philadelphia but his first official visit to the U.S. While the Pope will also be making stops in Washington, D.C. and New York City, the focus of his visit is the … Read more

Fixing Your Mistakes: Filing An Amended Return

Tax Day was just over a month ago which, of course, means that my inbox is now filled with the inevitable panicked emails from taxpayers worried about mistakes. Missed forms 1099. Overlooked deductions. Social Security numbers that aren’t quite right. Here’s what you need to know: mistakes are totally fixable. There are two ways to … Read more

2015 Tax Rates, Standard Deductions, Personal Exemptions, Credit Amounts & More

With tax season firmly behind us (er, for those of you who didn’t file for extension), now is a good time to take a look at your current financial picture and check to see how it squares against the 2015 tax rates, adjustments and other tax items. If you aren’t expecting any significant changes, you … Read more

11 Reasons Why I Never Want To Own A House Again

(Author’s note: This article was originally posted on September 27, 2013. I am reposting it here today as part of the dialogue about renting and homeownership that inspired an e-book on the topic, launching today.) Home, Sweet Rental: An eBook From ForbesHomeownership isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Learn how to find the perfect … Read more

Oh Baby! Social Security Announces Most Popular Baby Names Of 2014

The most popular names for babies born in the United States for 2014 are… Noah and Emma. The list of the most popular baby names of 2014 as determined by Social Security Administration data was released earlier today. The baby naming statistics were based on nearly 4 million births in the United States for 2014. … Read more

Top 10 Most Expensive Real Estate Tax Bills Found In Just 2 States

There is some good news to be found in the real estate market these days. While home prices aren’t generally on the rise, neither are real estate taxes. In 2013, the median U.S. real estate tax bill was $2,132. That’s according to a Zillow analysis that used the most recent data available. That number is … Read more