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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 Mar 22, 2017

Businesses and individual consumers have something in common. Both groups have to file taxes. Some groups, however, are automatically tax-exempt, meaning that they’re not required to pay federal income taxes. Others must apply for tax-exempt status. If you want your organization to be exempt from federal taxation, you may need to file IRS Form 1023. Here’s everything you need to know about it. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 10, 2018

Besides comparing colleges based on their size and academic programs, high school graduates need to consider whether they’ll take advantage of in-state scholarships and grants or enroll in an out-of-state school. After, all some states do a better job of providing students with a high quality education. Wondering how your state’s public colleges compare to schools across the country? Take a look at our ranking of the best states for higher education. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 02, 2019

Editorial Note: This content is not provided by the credit card issuer. Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the issuer. Advertiser Disclosure: The card offers that appear on this site are from companies from which SmartAsset.com receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). SmartAsset.com does not include all card companies or all card offers available in the marketplace. Every month, our credit card expert surveys leading offers & compiles a list of the best credit products on the market. His goal is to locate deals that offer huge potential rewards or exceptional interest rate savings. The Bank of America® Travel Rewards Visa® credit card could be a good credit card for avid travelers on a budget. It’s easy to earn points for making everyday… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 24, 2022

There are multiple ways to send money. In the past, you may have written a check. But these days, you can transfer money electronically through various payment systems, including apps like PayPal,… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 02, 2017

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a form that students must submit each year if they need federal assistance for their undergraduate or graduate school courses. You may also need to… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 21, 2018

Is a wine-soaked vacation on your bucket list? Ours too. If you’re on a budget or short on vacation days, the good news is you don’t have to head all the way to France or Italy to visit wine country.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 27, 2017

If you’re like most adults, you probably receive mail from credit card companies regularly. In some cases, you might receive a notice about your latest credit card statement. Or you may get a letter… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 24, 2017

Employment growth among jobs in the STEM field varies widely. According to the Department for Professional Employees, the number of job opportunities for aerospace engineers increased by 53% between… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 20, 2022

Many of us have a lot on our plates. Besides our demanding jobs, there may be dishes to wash, children to feed, and errands to run. If we have to do something outside of our normal routine, we often… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 08, 2022

Basically, your loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is the flip side of your down payment, assuming that the purchase price equals the appraised value of the home. So if you are putting down 20%, your LTV is… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 18, 2022

You may not always get to choose when you buy a laptop, such as if yours breaks down and you need it for school or work. However, if you’re wanting to upgrade then you may consider waiting around for… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 07, 2017

We’ve all grown accustomed to instant gratification. We can get instant coffee and instant access to our favorite movies and TV shows. So when we actually have to wait for something, being patient… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 17, 2017

Television ratings reveal that hockey is far from being America’s favorite pastime. In fact, the numbers seem to suggest that the sport’s popularity is declining, especially in terms of viewership.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 21, 2018

Whether you just bought a house or you’re trying to renovate an old one, furniture shopping can be intense. And depending on what you’re looking for, it can also be expensive. If you’re on a budget,… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 18, 2018

How long does it take to sell a house? It depends on where you live and what’s happening in your local housing market. If it’s a seller’s market, home sellers will have an advantage. There will be… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 23, 2019

The official unemployment rate is considered to be a good indicator of where the economy stands, but there’s still a lot that it won’t tell you. Looking at the unemployment rate won’t tell you how… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 13, 2017

The marriage rate has declined over the past several decades and the median age of first marriages for women and men has climbed steadily in the past 50 years. While many people are postponing… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 17, 2022

Owning a home can be expensive. Paying for property taxes, repairs and homeowners insurance can significantly reduce what you can spend on luxury items and discretionary goods and services.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 18, 2022

Going to college seems to get more expensive every year. Tuition, fees, room and board for an in-state student attending a four-year public institution cost $27,650 for the 2021-2022 school year (on… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

Wedding costs are climbing. Between 2014 and 2015, the average cost of a wedding rose by 4.6%, according to The Knot Real Weddings Study. Nuptials now cost $32,641, on average, and one in eight… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 08, 2020

Making sense of the U.S. tax code can be a daunting feat. That’s why many taxpayers turn to professionals when they need to file their tax returns. Regardless of whether you’re working with a tax… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 13, 2022

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) reduces tax bills for low-to-moderate-income working families. It’s a tax credit that ranges from $1,502 to $6,728 for the 2021 tax year depending on your filing… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 27, 2017

Looking for a new job can seem like a job in itself. And after a while, the expenses associated with finding a new gig start to add up. Even if you put effort into writing a resume and going on… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 26, 2017

Few tax breaks have been more controversial than the mortgage interest deduction. Proponents of the tax benefit contend that it encourages Americans to buy homes. Opponents, on the other hand, argue… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 06, 2022

The age of 26 is the magical time surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Until they turn 26, young adults are allowed to remain covered by their parents’ health insurance plans. If your 26th… Read more