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How to report ESPP stock sales on your tax return

Q: I sold ESPP stock all on one date, but I acquired all the shares over the last 6 years through a weekly payroll deduction. There is a different FMV, grant date, etc. for every single week. Do I have to report every single one of those on my return? That would be hundreds of lines....

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What's the best age to claim Social Security benefits?

Over the coming years, millions of baby boomers will reach age 62, the minimum threshold for receiving Social Security retirement benefits. If recent history is any indication, most of these people (over 70% by some estimates) will take their benefits as early as possible.

But whether you...

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Wedding crasher? (Photo: Flickr/Emerson Ricardo Zamprogno)

How do I tactfully exclude kids from my wedding?

Q: I would like to not have children at my wedding. What is a respectful way to say this in the invitation? I might consider providing an alternative (i.e. someone who can watch the kids).

A: You can start by simply putting right on the invitation in the greeting: "You...

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What to know before filing your income taxes

Before you can file your 2012 income taxes, you usually have to gather important documents, review relevant tax rules, and make a few decisions.

The process is complicated, but the tips below can help make it easier, not to mention save you time and money.

Deductions that...

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Taxes: When to deduct a business bad debt

It happens to butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers. It probably happens in your business, too: A customer doesn't pay what they owe and you end up with a bad debt. Can you take a tax deduction?

The answer depends on how you account for income on your tax return. If you included the...

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Can I apply for a mortgage from 2 or more lenders?

Q: Can a person apply for a mortgage with different lenders at the same time? If so, what happens if a person gets more than one approval?

A: Yes, you may apply for more than one mortgage with different lenders at the same time. If you get more than one approval, you can...

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Ready to come out and play. (Photo: Flickr/Frank Jania)

How to care for a goat's dry, scabby skin

Q: My 6-year-old female goat has dry skin with no hair on the scabby spots. What can I do about this?

A: In most cases this is due to a fungal infection. This is caused by a warm environment and moisture. To cover your bases, follow these instructions:

1. Worm with...

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Sometimes work doesn't stop for dinner. (Photo: Flickr/Victor1558)

When to use Schedules C and E for your taxes

Q: When does a small business flow to a Schedule E and when to a Schedule C?

A: Schedule E is for situation where you have rental income, receive royalties, or have income reported on a Schedule K-1 from a partnership of S corporation. Here is a...

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4 strategies to improve your finances in 2013

This article is part of JustAnswer's "Resolution Rescue" series to boost success with common New Year resolutions. Previous: "What you must do to reach your goal to quit smoking."

Whether you have a...

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A good Christmas read. (Photo: Flickr/stuartpilbrow)

What is my 'Night Before Christmas' from 1938 worth?

December 06, 2012

Q: I was left a copy of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clark Moore from my late uncle. It was published by Rand McNally in 1939, illustrated by Clarence Biers. Copyright is 1938, but the edition says 1939. The book is in fair to good condition; is there any value to this...