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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 Aug 12, 2016

When you start a new job, there’s typically a laundry list of things that you have to do during your onboarding process. In addition to meeting your new co-workers and filling out various documents (like the W-4 form and the I-9 form), you’ll likely need to set up direct deposit. If you’re trying to figure out how to do that, here’s what you need to know to get started. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 06, 2018

Accepting a job offer is exciting. But before you can settle into your new work space, you’ll need to complete a lot of paperwork, enroll in your 401(k) plan (if your company offers one) and fill out a W-4 form. You’ll also need to complete and submit an I-9 form. If you’re not exactly sure what that form is, we’ll explain why you need it and how to go about filling it out. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 21, 2017

Moving to San Francisco might not be such a bad idea. From its world-class restaurants to its breathtaking views, the city has a lot to offer. At the same time, its known for being an unaffordable place to live. If you’re dead set on making the Bay Area your next home (but you’re not ready to become a homeowner), here’s everything you need to know about renting in San Francisco. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 10, 2016

Startups seem to be popping up everywhere. But recent reports show that startup creation is actually on the decline. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of new firms introduced… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 20, 2018

Parents often take multiple factors into account when thinking about where they want to raise their kids. Ideally, many would like to live somewhere safe where there’s a good school district, clean… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 03, 2016

Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the best days of your life. But once you say your vows and cut the cake, the dress you spent thousands of dollars on no longer serves a purpose. While you… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 03, 2016

Hunting for a new apartment? Don’t be surprised if your landlord says that she needs to check your credit before you sign a lease. In addition to contacting references, landlords often run credit… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 26, 2016

The U.S. added roughly 287,000 jobs in June 2016, exceeding most economists’ expectations. This was the highest monthly growth in jobs since October 2015 and it eased many people’s concerns that the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 21, 2016

The City of Angels is an expensive place to live. If you’re thinking about moving to LA in the near future – and buying a home isn’t an option – it helps to know a thing or two about the city’s… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 20, 2016

If you’ve been admitted to multiple colleges, your biggest dilemma could be deciding which one to attend. One thing you’ll need to consider is the amount of financial aid that each college is willing… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 19, 2016

On average, in-state students who attended public four-year institutions spent $9,410 during the 2015-2016 school year on tuition and fees, according to the College Board. After accounting for room… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 13, 2019

When you buy life insurance, you essentially provide your loved ones with a safety net. If something happens to you, your family members can use your insurance benefits to cover bills and meet other… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 10, 2018

Owning a home is usually considered part of living the American Dream. But becoming a homeowner is neither easy nor affordable for everyone. Even if you manage to make the leap to homeownership,… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 07, 2016

Finding an apartment in the middle of the summer can be tough. There’s bound to be a lot of competition for rental units, and you might have to go the extra mile to impress a potential landlord. If… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 19, 2017

Historically, the housing market isn’t nearly as volatile as the stock market is. But housing bubbles eventually burst and as we’ve seen in recent years, recovering from a housing crisis can take… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 08, 2017

Cyber attacks seem to be occurring more frequently as hackers become more sophisticated. Many companies have experienced data breaches and the average cost of each hacking incident is now $4 million.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 29, 2016

Not everyone can afford to travel. Depending on where you want to go, traveling to a distant land or a tropical beach might require you to cut back on how much you are putting toward savings or even… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 14, 2017

While there are county fairs and events that take place throughout the year, many folks look forward to attending their annual state fairs. Each one offers something unique, whether it’s a contest… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 31, 2019

A silent partner is an individual who provides capital to a business partnership. This person generally doesn’t engage in the day-to-day operations of the business, which is why the term is also… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 06, 2016

Not everyone has the skill set or the drive needed to start a business from the ground up. But even if you can’t launch a startup, you can still reap some of the benefits that entrepreneurs enjoy.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 02, 2016

There are many different ways to raise capital for a new startup or small business. As you explore your financing options, don’t forget that there are programs out there that offer grants to… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 08, 2020

When you’re planning to start your own business, one of the things you’ll have to consider is how your new company will be structured. Will it function as a limited liability company or a corporation… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 03, 2018

We all love to eat. But have you ever taken the time to think about how much of your income is going toward groceries? While there’s nothing like sinking your teeth into a delicious dish, some of the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 30, 2016

If you want to spread the word about your new business or find folks willing to invest in your company, you’ll need a good elevator pitch. That’s a short statement that’s meant to highlight what your… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 06, 2018

The Panama Papers leak was a global scandal. In one of the biggest data leaks in history, millions of documents revealed that banks, political leaders and wealthy individuals had allegedly hidden… Read more