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If You Can’t Afford Rent, Should You Open A Loan To Pay It?

When you’re running low on cash and can’t afford your rent, you can feel uncertain about what to do. One solution to consider is a personal loan for rent. It can provide you with quick access to the cash you need to keep the roof over your head. However, this short-term fix might not be […]

Tax Benefits Of Caring For An Aging Relative


Caring for an elderly relative can be rewarding, but incredibly difficult – as well as expensive. However, it may be possible to recoup some of the costs through income tax savings.

There are two general approaches to tax savings on elder care costs – taking medical deductions that can be itemized and claiming a dependent care credit that can be subtracted directly from the taxes you owe.

First, you must determine if your elderly relative qualifies as a dependent. Full details are listed in IRS Publication 501, "Dependents, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information," but the primary criteria are that they must be a relative, you must be providing over half of their support, and their gross 2020 income must be less than $4,300.

The definition of relatives includes stepparents and in-laws. They do not...

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With the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines, grandparents will again be able to travel with their grandchildren. These multi-generational trips offer bonding and quality time together. When planning a trip with grandchildren, pre-planning and buying travel insurance can be smart moves, especially if you’re planning to travel outside the U.S. Proper Paperwork Having proper paperwork on […]