Everyone likes to avoid talk of taxes (and paying them!) but there are a few critical things all taxpayer should do before the end of the year to get their tax houses in order. In addition to make contributions to retirement funds, donating to charity, and paying property taxes, taxpayers should make sure their records are in order.
I appeared on CNBC's personal finance show On the Money this week to talk about some of those critical year-end tax moves that consumers should make:
The American Opportunity tax credit, which replaced the Hope Scholarship credit in 2009, covers more years of college and offers bigger, better benefits to more taxpaying students or their families. Here's how the American Opportunity tax credit and Lifetime Learning credit, another helpful education tax credit, can help offset the rising cost of attending college.