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Best tax software for 2021: TurboTax, H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt and more compared

Best tax software for 2021: TurboTax, H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt and more compared

In the wake of COVID-19, filing your taxes may be more complicated than ever before. Here's everything you need to get them done fast and for the lowest price.

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How to claim work expenses on your taxes

How to claim work expenses on your taxes

The rules are different for corporate employees and the self-employed. Here's everything you need to know about the home office deduction and other business expenses.

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What does 2021 have in store for our finances?

What does 2021 have in store for our finances?

CNET takes a look at the services, apps and technologies that will help us navigate our finances this year.

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The best cash back credit cards

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The best travel credit cards

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The best tax software

The best tax software

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The best tax deductions
The best tax deductions

The best tax deductions

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The best budgeting apps

The best budgeting apps

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The best car insurance companies

The best car insurance companies

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The best cash back services

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Money Basics

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Saving Money

Get expert tips on how to save money and budget every day while building your savings.
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Buying a House

Buying a House

From mortgages to building credit, CNET guides you to your dream home.
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Paying Off Debt

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Grow net worth by paying off debt with expert tips on student loans, credit cards and more.
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Work and Career

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7 ways to spend your $1,400 stimulus check and get the most bang for your buck

7 ways to spend your $1,400 stimulus check and get the most bang for your buck

If you're not sure how to spend your stimulus check, here are some suggestions.

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The best cash-back credit cards

The best cash-back credit cards

Earn more rewards and credit every time you spend.

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Best credit cards for April 2021

Best credit cards for April 2021

The best credit cards for cash back, travel and balance transfers -- plus our top picks for students, Amazon and Whole Foods shoppers and Apple Pay enthusiasts.

Apple Card vs. Chase Sapphire: Which card is right for you?

Apple Card vs. Chase Sapphire: Which card is right for you?

Are you looking for a travel credit card, a card that's going to give you cash back, or maybe both?

2 good reasons to buy the iPhone 12 with the Apple Card

2 good reasons to buy the iPhone 12 with the Apple Card

They are: 3% cash back and interest-free financing for up to 24 months. But that doesn't make it a slam-dunk.

Banking

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Stimulus check status today: Plus-up payments, delivery schedule, everything to still know

Stimulus check status today: Plus-up payments, delivery schedule, everything to still know

New stimulus checks for are still being sent to millions of Americans, even those who have already received some money. Here's what's happening.

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$3,000 child tax credit: New July timeline for monthly payments

$3,000 child tax credit: New July timeline for monthly payments

Half of the child tax credit money will be paid out this year in monthly payments -- and the rest in 2022. Here's what else you need to know about the child tax credit checks.

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Where the #%&! is my stimulus check? We'll help you track it

Where the #%&! is my stimulus check? We'll help you track it

Are you still waiting on your third stimulus check to arrive? Use the Get My Payment tracker to find out where it's at, but note it can be tricky to use.

Child tax credit checks for how much? Here's your family's monthly payment

Child tax credit checks for how much? Here's your family's monthly payment

CNET's child tax credit calculator uses your adjusted gross income and the number and ages of your eligible kids to break down how much money you should really expect.

Student loan debt forgiveness for $10,000 or $50,000? Where the situation stands

Student loan debt forgiveness for $10,000 or $50,000? Where the situation stands

College students are looking for financial help, as the average student owes approximately $37,000 in student loan debt. Here are the latest plans.

Investing

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DogeCoin passed 40 cents: Why that excites the internet

DogeCoin passed 40 cents: Why that excites the internet

It's all over your Twitter and Facebook feeds for a reason.

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Coinbase stock: What you should know about the crypto exchange that just went public

Coinbase stock: What you should know about the crypto exchange that just went public

Shares shot up at first, only to slowly make their way down.

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GameStop files with SEC to sell 3.5 million shares

GameStop files with SEC to sell 3.5 million shares

The company could make $1 billion as the roller coaster ride continues.

7 ways to spend your $1,400 stimulus check and get the most bang for your buck

7 ways to spend your $1,400 stimulus check and get the most bang for your buck

If you're not sure how to spend your stimulus check, here are some suggestions.

Best robo-advisors for April 2021

Best robo-advisors for April 2021

Is 2021 the year you start investing? Try it out with one of the best robo-advisors available right now.

Mortgages

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Home down payments: Everything you need to know

Home down payments: Everything you need to know

Here's how to determine the right amount to put down on your future home.

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7 homebuying mistakes to avoid

7 homebuying mistakes to avoid

If you're on the hunt for a new place, make sure you sidestep these blunders.

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FHA loans: Everything first-time homebuyers need to know

FHA loans: Everything first-time homebuyers need to know

You can get a mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration, even if you have a low credit score or less cash for a down payment.

Google wants to make buying a house less confusing

Google wants to make buying a house less confusing

Googling "mortgage" will pull up resources to help understand the home buying process.

Mortgages, credit scores and down payments: 5 things to know before buying a home

Mortgages, credit scores and down payments: 5 things to know before buying a home

Thinking of becoming a homeowner but don't know where to start? Here's how to get your money in order before you buy a home.

Loans

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Student loan debt forgiveness for $10,000 or $50,000? Where the situation stands

Student loan debt forgiveness for $10,000 or $50,000? Where the situation stands

College students are looking for financial help, as the average student owes approximately $37,000 in student loan debt. Here are the latest plans.

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The best personal loans for April 2021

The best personal loans for April 2021

Whether you're consolidating debt or financing home improvements, these flexible loans offer competitive interest rates and repayment terms.

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Millions can't pay their car loans. Here's what to do if you're one of them

Millions can't pay their car loans. Here's what to do if you're one of them

How to talk to your bank about deferring payments, find help and everything else you should know.

FHA loans: Everything first-time homebuyers need to know

FHA loans: Everything first-time homebuyers need to know

You can get a mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration, even if you have a low credit score or less cash for a down payment.

Tax Day 2021: How student loans affect your taxes

Tax Day 2021: How student loans affect your taxes

Student loans might help come tax time -- or you could face a higher tax bill.

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10 best car insurance companies for 2021

10 best car insurance companies for 2021

Auto insurance is essential for safe, legal driving.

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Best cheap car insurance for 2021

Best cheap car insurance for 2021

These are the best insurers for the most affordable rates. How cheap depends on driver age, driving record, military experience and credit score.

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What is life insurance? Here are the most popular types

What is life insurance? Here are the most popular types

If you're thinking about buying life insurance, here are some types to consider.

Best life insurance companies for 2021

Best life insurance companies for 2021

Everything you need to know about the best type of policies and the insurance companies that sell them.

5 ways to save on car insurance

5 ways to save on car insurance

As COVID-19 and financial woes keep people off the roads, insurers are adjusting.

Taxes

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$3,000 child tax credit: New July timeline for monthly payments

$3,000 child tax credit: New July timeline for monthly payments

Half of the child tax credit money will be paid out this year in monthly payments -- and the rest in 2022. Here's what else you need to know about the child tax credit checks.

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Child tax credit checks for how much? Here's your family's monthly payment

Child tax credit checks for how much? Here's your family's monthly payment

CNET's child tax credit calculator uses your adjusted gross income and the number and ages of your eligible kids to break down how much money you should really expect.

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The IRS may owe you a stimulus check 'plus-up payment.' Here's what that's about

The IRS may owe you a stimulus check 'plus-up payment.' Here's what that's about

If you got less stimulus money from the $1,400 payment than you were owed, you might be getting a plus-up payment. Here are all the details.

Missing stimulus check: When you should worry, how to file a payment trace with the IRS

Missing stimulus check: When you should worry, how to file a payment trace with the IRS

No third stimulus check yet, or even the first or second? Don't panic. Here's a timeline for when to follow up -- and how.

My refund status: Track a tax return with the IRS, when the money could arrive

My refund status: Track a tax return with the IRS, when the money could arrive

You can check online to see if the IRS got your 2020 tax return and what the status of your refund could be, if you're getting one.

Your Money

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Stimulus check status today: Plus-up payments, delivery schedule, everything to still know

Stimulus check status today: Plus-up payments, delivery schedule, everything to still know

New stimulus checks for are still being sent to millions of Americans, even those who have already received some money. Here's what's happening.

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$3,000 child tax credit: New July timeline for monthly payments

$3,000 child tax credit: New July timeline for monthly payments

Half of the child tax credit money will be paid out this year in monthly payments -- and the rest in 2022. Here's what else you need to know about the child tax credit checks.

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Where the #%&! is my stimulus check? We'll help you track it

Where the #%&! is my stimulus check? We'll help you track it

Are you still waiting on your third stimulus check to arrive? Use the Get My Payment tracker to find out where it's at, but note it can be tricky to use.

Child tax credit checks for how much? Here's your family's monthly payment

Child tax credit checks for how much? Here's your family's monthly payment

CNET's child tax credit calculator uses your adjusted gross income and the number and ages of your eligible kids to break down how much money you should really expect.

Student loan debt forgiveness for $10,000 or $50,000? Where the situation stands

Student loan debt forgiveness for $10,000 or $50,000? Where the situation stands

College students are looking for financial help, as the average student owes approximately $37,000 in student loan debt. Here are the latest plans.

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