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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 Nov 29, 2016

Not all ski resorts shut down when the winter season ends. Quite a few stay open throughout the year, giving tourists something to do in the summer months and nearby communities a much-needed economic boost. In fact, in the state of Colorado alone, the ski industry brings in over $4 billion per year. If you’d like to ski and breathe fresh mountain air on a daily basis, you’ll love our list of the best ski towns to live in. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 12, 2017

All debts aren’t created equal. Many scoring models, including the FICO® scoring model and the VantageScore, distinguish between two types of debt when calculating your credit score. In other words, they treat revolving credit and installment credit accounts differently. If you have no clue what we’re talking about, here’s a breakdown of what revolving debt is and how it can affect your credit. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 28, 2016

When the U.S. government shuts down, federal agencies lose access to the funding they need to perform different functions. This affects people across the country. National parks and museums close. Many folks with public sector jobs can’t get paid and the economy takes a hit. While federal furloughs rarely happen, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Here’s what to do the next time you hear about a possible shutdown. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 01, 2019

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate in America has plummeted. Now that folks can be charged a penalty for not having insurance, only 8.6% don’t have healthcare coverage. While the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 21, 2018

When do you pay off your credit card bill? Some people pay their full balances every month by the due date listed on their credit card statements. Others carry a balance from month to month but make… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 21, 2018

The unemployment rate gets plenty of media coverage. This ratio represents the percentage of people in the labor force without jobs who’ve been actively looking for work within a four-week period.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 09, 2018

Many credit cards come with enticing rewards. Some promise to give consumers cash if they spend a certain amount of money within the first few months. Others offer sign-up bonuses in the form of… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 14, 2016

College students have several different options when they need financial aid. They can take out a student loan or apply for scholarships and grants. They can also take on part-time jobs and use their… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 15, 2016

Hosting a successful conference starts with choosing the right venue. But in order to decide where to hold your event, you’ll need to consider several factors. Will there be enough hotels available… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 02, 2016

Some folks don’t like being stuck inside. They prefer to spend their free time participating in different outdoor activities, from cycling and backpacking to whitewater rafting. Finding a peaceful… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 19, 2021

If you ever need ton resolve an issue with the IRS, whether or not it’s related to your federal income taxes, you will need to contact the IRS. That can be intimidating. You may not feel like you… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 31, 2016

If you can’t afford to cover the cost of your college education, you’ll likely need some form of financial aid. The government requires students who want federal aid to complete the Free Application… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 12, 2019

College students who need financial aid may qualify for various federal programs. For example, the government offers two different kinds of student loans. It also offers the Federal Pell Grant. If… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 21, 2021

Thanks to advances in technology, filing taxes isn’t nearly as complicated as it once was. Today, many tax filers complete their tax returns online or through apps. The IRS released its own mobile… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 26, 2016

Deciding on a subject to major in is a huge decision for most college students. There are many factors to consider, including your interests, your strengths and future career opportunies. Choosing a… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 21, 2016

In order to receive financial assistance from the federal government (and in many cases from their own states and schools), college students are required to complete the FAFSA every year. The… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 12, 2021

Starting a business can be expensive. You’ll likely have to cover the cost of a building or office space, equipment, utilities and legal and accounting fees. Fortunately, business owners can recoup… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 29, 2017

Not everyone leaves the workforce at age 65. Some people decide to retire before they reach full retirement age, even if they have to miss out on some of the Social Security benefits they’re entitled… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 22, 2021

When you don’t have access to an employer-sponsored retirement account – like a 401(k) or a 403(b) – you can save for retirement by opening an IRA. Your contributions may be tax-deductible, meaning… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 27, 2016

Ever wondered how trick-or-treating conditions in your neighborhood stack up against those in other cities? Should your neighbors give out more candy to your kids? Is your area as safe on Halloween… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 16, 2021

Meeting deadlines can be tough, especially when you have a lot on your plate. If you won’t have time to file your 2020 taxes by the May 17, 2021, deadline – or the June 15 deadline the IRS gave Texas… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 10, 2016

Elections tend to focus on a number of social and economic concerns. One topic that has come up time and time again over the years is the issue of voter fraud. While some people believe it has the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 04, 2016

Living with a roommate in college can be tough. And if you thought those days ended when you graduated, think again. As rental prices rise at an alarming rate, renters in some cities are forced into… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 06, 2017

Most people across the country observe daylight saving time each spring by setting their clocks forward. In exchange for losing an hour of sleep, we get to enjoy an extra hour of sunlight. Americans… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 12, 2019

Many families who can’t afford to cover the cost of a child’s college education rely on student loans and financial aid to fill in the gaps. Students who want any sort of financial assistance from… Read more