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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 May 21, 2018

When you’re buying a house, you’ll have to make the seller an offer. In order to do that, you’ll need to write a letter that explains why you’re interested in buying the home and includes details regarding your mortgage financing and expected closing date. Often, the key to writing the best offer letter is finding a way to connect with the seller on a personal level. Check out seven tips that’ll help you write the perfect real estate offer letter. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 14, 2016

Investing requires quite a bit of time and effort. In order to choose the right mix of stocks, bonds and cash investments for your portfolio, you’ll need to spend some time researching your options. And unless you plan on putting your investments on autopilot, you’ll have to make time to rebalance your portfolio and ensure that fees aren’t eating up your earnings. Depending on the investments you have, it might take time to see the kinds of returns that you’re looking for. In the meantime, you might be able count on something known as compound interest. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 26, 2019

When you save or invest your money, you expect to earn some sort of return. With deposit accounts like certificates of deposit or savings accounts, banks need a way to measure the return that you can expect. Enter the annual percentage yield (APY). An APY is a percentage that tells you how much you’ll earn on an investment, including compound interest, in one year. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 09, 2016

After a while, hitching rides with friends or waiting for public transit can get old. You may decide you want a car of your own. Cars, of course, can be expensive and looking at different makes and… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 23, 2019

Investors who put their money into savings vehicles and other accounts hope to earn decent returns. Over time, interest adds up, and how quickly it grows depends on the kind of interest you’re… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 25, 2017

Buying a home is a process that requires months of planning and preparation. Even if you’ve crossed your t’s and dotted your i’s, it’s possible to hit a snag or two along the way. You might have… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 18, 2019

Anyone who takes out a loan has to think about the cost of doing so. If you need to borrow money to finance a home purchase or a renovation, you’ll want your interest rate to be as low as possible.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 17, 2021

Tax considerations should be front-of-mind when you’re paying off your student loan debt. Whether you have a standard repayment plan or you’ve signed up for an income-based repayment program, there… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 04, 2016

In the final stretch of his presidency, Obama has made it his mission to encourage states to make it easier for workers to save for retirement. Currently, there are almost 70 million Americans… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 01, 2016

In addition to your W-2 form, you might need access to other documents in order to complete your income tax return. If you have health insurance, for example, you may need a copy of Form 1095-B.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 18, 2021

Form 1095-A is a document Americans need to if they buy health insurance through the government health insurance marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare).… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 09, 2018

If you want to break up with your bank, it’s a good idea to pump your breaks before moving over to a credit union. While it’s true that credit unions rival banks by charging fewer fees and… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 11, 2018

Millennials probably can’t imagine banking without their computers or cell phones. Members of older generations, however, might recall a time when they had to visit a branch to access their accounts.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 12, 2018

As an investor, boosting your return rates is probably your primary concern. But no matter how carefully you’ve selected the stocks and bonds in your portfolio, it’s a good idea to make some… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 06, 2017

Repurchase agreements, or repos, are tools that give investors access to fast cash without requiring them to put too much on the line. They’re short-term contracts that can end overnight or last for… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 03, 2018

Saving money for retirement or a major purchase can be difficult, especially if you’re still paying off student loans, credit card bills and other kinds of debt. If one of your goals for the year is… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 17, 2021

When you file a federal income tax return, you have the choice between taking the standard deduction and itemizing your deductions. But after the 2017 Trump tax bill, which nearly doubling the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 19, 2019

If you’re on the hunt for a new checking account or you want to start investing, you might need to set aside time in your schedule to do some research. That’s because there are many kinds of banks… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 09, 2018

Your credit score matters, especially if you’re planning to buy a house or you want access to the lowest loan interest rates. There are three credit bureaus that keep track of consumer credit data.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 21, 2021

Think your landlord has it made? Just wait until you find out about the tax breaks she’s eligible for. Owning a rental property certainly comes with its fair share of frustrations. When you consider… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 18, 2021

Prior to 2020, one of the biggest things you could do to affect the size of your paycheck was to adjust the number of allowances claimed on your W-4. The ideal number of allowances for you would… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 24, 2021

A tax deduction is a type of tax break. It reduces the amount of money you owe Uncle Sam. Tax deductions lower your tax burden by lowering your taxable income and you can either claim the standard… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 02, 2017

Dealing with a bill collector is never fun and it can be particularly stressful when you’re sitting on a mountain of debt. Sometimes debt collectors fail to follow the rules outlined in the Fair Debt… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 27, 2018

There are several good reasons to consider filing your own tax return. It can be cheaper than putting everything in the hands of a professional. You’ll learn how to lower your tax bill and you’ll be… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 19, 2021

Before you know it, tax season will be here again. If you’ve made a couple of mistakes on your tax forms in previous years or you’ve had to file for an extension on more than one occasion, this is… Read more