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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 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 lives, including our banking activity. Not only is it possible to monitor your savings and checking accounts online, but it’s also possible to control your accounts through your smartphone. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 11, 2022

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 for everything from saving for retirement to working with a financial advisor to invest the money. If you’ve ever had serious questions about how tax refunds work, we’ll fill you in on what you might not know. 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 requirements. We’ll tell you all you need to know about HUD loans, how to qualify and where to look for other programs if this one isn’t right for you. We can also help you find a financial advisor who can guide you through the entire home buying process. 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 12, 2022

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 11, 2022

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 Jan 03, 2022

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

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

by Amanda Dixon Oct 13, 2020

Home equity is basically how much of your home you actually own. You can calculate by taking the appraised value of your home and subtracting the balance remaining on your mortgage. This is your home… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

Foreclosure is a term you’ve probably heard before. In 2008, foreclosure rates approached levels that hadn’t been reached since the days of the Great Depression. If you’ve never experienced a home… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

If the house you bought doesn’t resemble the home of your dreams, don’t fret. With a decent budget and a little extra attention, you might be able to whip it into shape. Securing the funds for home… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 25, 2017

Buying a house is often an exciting milestone. With so many decisions to make, though, it can also be quite stressful. Figuring out whether to go with a fixed- or an adjustable-rate mortgage is a key… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 17, 2017

Coping with the loss of a loved one is difficult. As you mourn, you’ll unfortunately have to think about the financial implications that come with the death. Besides wondering how much the funeral… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 25, 2017

Month after month, you may struggle to keep up with payments on all kinds of loans, from credit card debt to medical bills. Most forms of debt require you to pay back borrowed money with interest,… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 23, 2022

Credit cards can make shopping a breeze. You can go from store to store without carrying cash or accumulating jingling coins. It might seem like these pieces of plastic give you an endless amount of… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 06, 2017

If you’re tired of dealing with your bank, you can look for a new one, stuff your money under your mattress or you can try a credit union. If you’ve never considered the last option before, here is… Read more