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Here's why getting exactly zero back from the IRS might be a good thing

Here's why getting exactly zero back from the IRS might be a good thing

Finance
Forget about that gigantic refund: What you really want from the IRS is a tax balance of exactly zero and no big check. That's because hitting zero with the taxman — that is, neither owing a balance nor receiving a refund — is an indication that you paid exactly the amount of tax liability you owed. A select group of taxpayers managed to hit that goal during the 2016 tax year, according to SmartAsset's analysis of IRS data. Montana happens to be home to the greatest number of filers who owed nothing and received nothing in return from the ...
Talking money with Heidi Heitkamp: Learn to save early, it's the greatest thing you can do

Talking money with Heidi Heitkamp: Learn to save early, it's the greatest thing you can do

Finance
Former North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's path to the Capitol wasn't paved in gold. In fact, Heitkamp said growing up in rural North Dakota, her family faced many financial challenges. "We talked about money all the time and how there wasn't enough of it," she told CNBC. She said the first thing she ever paid for on her own was probably a school lunch. "We shared that family responsibility for a budget." She credits the lessons she learned early on for the fina...
Apple and Tesla shares on the blockchain could be the next big thing in crypto

Apple and Tesla shares on the blockchain could be the next big thing in crypto

Finance
Cryptocurrencies had a wild 2018, tumbling well below some of the record highs seen toward the end of 2017. Bitcoin, once worth almost $ 20,000, plunged last year, closing out 2018 at a price below $ 4,000. Other major virtual currencies, including XRP and ether, also fell steeply. Analysts and executives in the industry are increasingly pointing to a fairly new development that could reinvigorate the space: putting securities like stocks and bonds on the blockchain. So-called security tokens are becoming a new buzzword in crypto. The term is part of ...