What is a Sinking Fund?

A sinking fund is a way for corporations to put aside money at specific intervals in order to pay a bond or a debt that will be due at a later date. You can use this same strategy to achieve your goals or pay for expenses that aren’t due on a monthly basis. By planning…

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What is the Earned Income Tax Credit?

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC or EIC) is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements. You must also file a tax return even if you don’t owe any taxes or are not required to file. The EITC reduces the taxes you owe and may…

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Your Guide to Getting Out of Debt

There are a couple of ways to get out of debt and back on track. It may seem overwhelming, but you can do this! It’s time to budget To start with, make a budget. Total up all your monthly take home pay. Next, subtract all of your expenses. You will want to subtract your housing,…

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What is the Standard Deduction?

The standard deduction is the amount of income you get to deduct from your total taxable income. Because the standard deduction lowers your taxable income, it means you pay less income tax. In 2019, the standard deduction for someone filing as single is $12,200. For a Head of Household, the standard deduction is $18,350. And…

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The Three C’s of Credit

Giant red-colored letter C with snow on top made to represent the three Cs of credit

When applying for a loan, it’s helpful to know what your Loan Officer will be looking at when making his or her decision. There are three areas they will review: Capacity, Collateral, and Character. Capacity Capacity is simply your ability to repay the loan. They will review your monthly income and expenses to determine if…

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