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Amanda Dixon

Banking and Tax Expert

Amanda Dixon is a personal finance writer and editor with an expertise in taxes and banking. She studied journalism and sociology at the University of Georgia. Her work has been featured in Business Insider, AOL, Bankrate, The Huffington Post, Fox Business News, Mashable and CBS News. Born and raised in metro Atlanta, Amanda currently lives in Brooklyn.

Posts by Amanda Dixon:

by Amanda Dixon Apr 10, 2018

Anyone who runs a small business probably knows that managing company finances is not always easy.  Keeping track of the money that’s flowing in and out can be challenging and time consuming, particularly if you’re self-employed or you’re missing an accountant on your team. If this is a dilemma that you’ve had to wrestle with, it might be time to sign up for a business checking account. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 19, 2016

Your credit score can affect everything from whether you can buy a home to whether you can refinance your student loans. Maybe your score is low because you’ve recently applied for multiple credit cards. That’s okay – it’s never too late to adopt better habits. Before you apply for more credit, let’s take a moment to discuss the difference between hard and soft inquiries. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 16, 2018

When you’re someone with a high net worth, taxes can take a big bite out of your paycheck and your capital gains. And if you’re nearing retirement, your tax burden can be even harder to bear, particularly if you don’t have enough saved up to maintain your current lifestyle once you stop working. If you’re looking for a way to slash your tax bill, consider getting a boat. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 26, 2018

Whether you’re planning to leave the U.S. for a wedding in Italy or you want to try your luck at investing in a foreign market, you’ll need to have a basic understanding of exchange rates. They… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 06, 2017

It’s no secret that college is expensive. Tuition and fees often increase on a yearly basis, and student loan debt is practically unavoidable for many Americans seeking four-year degrees. When the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 31, 2016

As much as you wish it would, your student loan debt isn’t going to magically disappear. Counting on student loan forgiveness might not work, especially if you can’t afford to make 120 on-time… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 14, 2018

In the past, all banking was done in person. You couldn’t deposit a check or transfer a payment without visiting a brick-and-mortar bank or an ATM. Technology has transformed every aspect of our… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 22, 2015

Austerity policies are nothing new. But talk about them in the news has recently escalated. In response to its ongoing debt crisis, the Greek government is preparing to implement austerity measures… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 22, 2021

Tax season can be stressful. But for many taxpayers, there is a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of a tax refund. Indeed, many people even depend on their annual refund, using the windfall… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 31, 2019

HUD loans are part of a vast network of government programs designed to make homeownership a reality for low-income Americans with less than favorable credit. However, you have to meet certain… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 18, 2019

If you’re interested in the real estate business and you’re passionate about helping others, you might want to think about becoming a professional agent. The job comes with quite a few perks. You’ll… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 16, 2016

The home-buying process can seem long-winded, especially if you’ve never gone through it before. By the time you near the closing stage, you may want to skirt over any steps that aren’t required.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 18, 2021

In limited liability companies (LLCs), a single person usually isn’t fully responsible for company debts. Like other business owners, you’ll have to pay taxes if you’re a member of this type of… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 11, 2021

If you’re filling out a Form W-4, you probably just started a new job. Or maybe you recently got married or had a baby. The W-4, also called the Employee’s Withholding Certificate, tells your… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 12, 2016

Having another person move in gives you a lot to look forward to. Besides companionship, communal living can be a great way for you to boost your savings. Instead of spending most of your paycheck on… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 20, 2021

One of the most important tax forms is the W-2. Unlike many tax forms, most individuals taxpayers won’t need to fill this one out themselves. Rather, employers fill out W-2 forms for their employees.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 30, 2021

There comes a time in all of our lives when we have to say goodbye to a family member or friend. If you were close with the person who passed away, you might discover that they’ve left you something… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

Imagine that you’re applying for a mortgage and you have the option of choosing a payment plan. If you want to be debt-free, you might opt for a plan that covers the principal balance and any… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 05, 2018

Veterans sometimes struggle to readjust to their civilian lifestyles after serving in the military. Luckily, there are a number of programs designed to help them make this transition. The Department… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 28, 2016

Closing is the final step before you officially become a homeowner. Also known as settlement, the house closing process generally brings together your seller, both of your agents, lawyers and a… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

If you get approved for a mortgage to help pay for the cost of a new house, you’ll often be expected to make some kind of down payment. For standard loans, you’ll have to put 20% down or pay private… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

Bad credit can haunt you. Even if you’ve been able to buy your own home, a low credit score could keep you from qualifying for the loan you need to finance some home repairs. Or if you’re close to… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

So you’ve found yourself a home you can afford to buy. Nice work! But if the home you’ve purchased is an older home there’s probably plenty of work that needs to be done to turn it into a comfortable… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 09, 2021

Is buying a home in your plans for the future? If that’s the case, you might already be thinking about all of the expenses you’ll have to pay for. You might be tempted to cut corners and avoid paying… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 30, 2019

When you were first introduced to mortgages, you might have learned that there are fixed- and adjustable-rate loans. Fixed-rate mortgages maintain the same mortgage rate throughout the loan period,… Read more