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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 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. Beginning in tax year 2015, it’s one of three mandatory forms used to indicate who’s complying with the Affordable Care Act’s required minimum essential coverage. Find out what’s on Form 1095-B and whether you need it to file your taxes. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 26, 2018

Since 2013, Americans have been able to sign up for health insurance through the government’s health insurance Marketplace. Almost everyone who has opted to purchase medical insurance through the healthcare exchanges should receive Form 1095-A. If you expect to receive this form, you should until after you get it to file your federal income taxes. If you don’t know why you need this form, read on to find out why it’s necessary and what to do if yours hasn’t arrived. 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 accommodating their customers’ needs, they have their flaws too. Before you officially make the switch, it’s a good idea to consider what you could lose by deciding to bank with a credit union. 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 Jan 30, 2019

Every taxpayer can take the standard deduction. You may also be able to lower your income tax bill by itemizing. Itemizing your deductions will give you access to additional tax breaks. But there are… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 20, 2018

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 Feb 02, 2016

Valentine’s Day isn’t necessarily the best time to be frugal. After all, you want your significant other to feel loved and appreciated. But making the holiday a special and memorable occasion can be… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 19, 2018

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 Feb 01, 2019

Federal income taxes are unavoidable, but you can do certain things to affect the size of your income tax bill and how much your employer withholds from your paychecks. One of the biggest things you… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 23, 2019

Like a tax credit, 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… 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 Feb 27, 2018

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

by Amanda Dixon Jan 06, 2016

If you were unhappy with last year’s income tax bill, there are several ways to reduce your overall tax burden before April 15 arrives. You can try to qualify for as many tax deductions and… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 28, 2015

The beginning of the new year is the standard time to make resolutions. This might be the year that you plan to start your own business. Or it could be the year you take that vacation you keep… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 09, 2018

Rental housing prices are now sky high and rental payments easily take the biggest chunk out of workers’ paychecks. And in certain areas, like Oakland and New York City, more than 70% of the median… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 14, 2015

Now that school is out for the holidays, you’re probably looking forward to a few weeks of relaxation. Besides travelling and spending quality time with your family, you likely have nothing planned… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 18, 2018

Bouncing back from a holiday shopping spree can take time. While you’re working hard to get all of your financial ducks in a row, you don’t have to stay cooped up in the house for the remainder of… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 10, 2015

You could marry the love of your life when the temperature rises above 70 degrees. Or you could plan to say your vows in the dead of winter. If you’re a fan of sunshine and warm weather, you might… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 09, 2015

There’s a fine line between frugal and cheap. And when you’re hosting a holiday party, it’s important to tread that line carefully. You don’t have to spend all of your cash on decorations and… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

Since their debut during the Great Depression, layaway plans have allowed Americans to make large purchases without having to pay for them right away. While a layaway program can be a good… Read more