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My Mom's 3 Biggest Money Management Secrets Revealed

Everything I ever needed to know to succeed in life, I learned from my mother. Although I didn't realize it at the time, her maternal management even taught me how to make the most of my money. Here are the three best tricks she ever showed me, and how you can make them work for you.

5 Ways to Give Your Finances a Spring Cleaning

CNBC personal finance expert Sharon Epperson says the spring is a good time to clean up your finances by adjusting your payroll withholding, boosting your retirement contributions and scheduling automatic savings.

The Tax Move You Should Make Now for Next April 15

Your taxes are filed and done. Victory dance? Actually, hold on. There's one more step you should take, whether you got a big refund or owed Uncle Sam a big check: It's time to take another look at your withholding.

Don't Fall Into This Painful Tax Trap

If you have to write the IRS a check every year, there's a chance you could get even worse news from the tax man: an extra bill for interest and penalties. How can you avoid that? Welcome to the nerve-wracking world of estimated tax payments.

Why Your 2012 Tax Bill May Jump By $8,000

Thanks to yet another lapse by Congress, more than 20 million taxpayers may pay a tax in 2012 that was originally designed to hit only the ultra-rich. It may not happen -- but you should plan ahead for it in case it does.

Tax Refunds Are Shrinking -- and That's Good News

2011 wasn't a good year for those expecting big checks from the IRS. Not only were fewer refunds delivered, but the average refund was smaller. That's no surprise in this economy, but it's also a sign that Americans are getting smarter about how we handle our taxes.

A Secret Trick to Boost Holiday Cash Flow

There may be a way to unlock some extra cash for the holidays right under your nose. If you're getting a tax refund of more than $500 come springtime, it means you are giving the government an interest-free loan. Wouldn't you rather have some of that money now? Here's how to get it.

Helping a Caregiver Climb Out of Debt

Joe did right by his mother in her declining years, but half a decade of expensive care for her has left the 53-year-old in a financially precarious position. Money and Happiness columnist Laura Rowley offers him a step-by-step plan to get out of debt and back on track for his own retirement.

Top Five Tax Resolutions for 2011

While the pains and pressures of this year's tax season are fresh in your mind, give some thought to next April 15. Here are five tips from the personal finance pros for making next year's tax filing season less stressful and more monetarily rewarding.

What Will You Do With Your Tax Refund?

For more than three-quarters of U.S. taxpayers, the silver lining of tax season is the refund check. This year, the IRS says the average refund is just under $3,000, and many people will use theirs to pay off debt or cover expenses. But for others, the arrival of that money will mean an opportunity to save or invest.