TurboTax once again has world class tax software that's easy to use, but it comes at a price. Check out our full TurboTax review here: https://thecollegeinvestor.com/20778/turbotax-2017-review/ In our TurboTax 2017 tax software review, we look at the following: - How TurboTax continues to have the best navigation and ease of use of any tax software we've reviewed - How they make it easy to upload tax documents, including investing documents - TurboTax has the best knowledge base of any tax software - TurboTax plans and pricing, including TurboTax Absolute Zero, which is their free filing option this year. - TurboTax added a new pricing plan - TurboTax Live, which gives you a review from a CPA before filing your tax return to ensure that everything is correct The bottom line is that TurboTax is expensive compared to most other options available. We recommend them for first time filers that qualify for free filing. We also think that TurboTax is top notch for investors or landlords who will find value in the ability to quickly import information. Be sure to subscribe to our channel here: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=thecollegeinvestor If you want more from The College Investor: Check out my blog here: https://thecollegeinvestor.com/
If you're looking for the latest Quicken for Mac review, check out our Quicken for Mac 2018 review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il7xvczZSHM&t=133s We review Quicken for Mac 2017, and honestly, were disappointed. You can read the full review here: http://thecollegeinvestor.com/18594/quicken-mac-2017-review/ Take a look at our dive into using Quicken for Mac 2017, and you'll quickly see why we don't believe that the price of $74.99 is worthwhile for what you get. We look at: - The basic overview of using Quicken for Mac 2017 - How the investing management is still lacking - How the budgeting tool is improved - How the calendar feature works - We discuss account syncing Overall, we share our thoughts about how we find Quicken for Mac 2017 still lacking compared to free options you can find online, such as Mint or Personal Capital. We would like to thank Quicken for giving us a copy of the software for review.
We take a look at Self Lender, a unique free tool that allows you to monitor your credit, along with a service that allows you to build your credit history. Check out the full article here: http://thecollegeinvestor.com/18407/self-lender-review/ Check out Self Lender here: thecollegeinvestor.com/selflender Do you know your credit score? How's your credit history? Do you know? Sadly, most people don't. That's why we love Self Lender. Self Lender is a free credit monitoring service that shows you your credit score, and the factors that contribute to it. If you want to build your credit history, they also have a paid service called the Credit Builder Account, where you can basically loan yourself money. And that's unique. In this video, you'll see: - How to get your credit score for free with Self Lender - How the Credit Builder Account works - How you can lend yourself money - How all of this builds your credit history If you're looking for a unique way to build your credit history, check out Self Lender.
If you're looking for our latest TurboTax Review, check out our 2017 review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rs8AuqtYDM&t=2s Check out our review of TurboTax 2016 - still one of the best tax filing options available. Read our full review and get a discount on the software at the blog: http://thecollegeinvestor.com/18724/turbotax-review-2016/ This year, TurboTax is by far the leader in having a fantastic interface which makes it easy to use, whether you're a first time tax filer or an experienced small business owner. The big drawback with TurboTax 2016 is simply the price. If you qualify for free tax filing, then TurboTax is great. If you don't, it much more expensive than similar options. In this video, we show you: - The great user interface and how TurboTax makes filing taxes easy - We do a mock tax return and go through the entire process - We spend a lot of time discussing TurboTax pricing, and why it's difficult to justify, especially if you're a small business owner (even driving for Uber or Lyft) In the end, we hope this review shows you exactly what TurboTax 2016 is all about.
We take a look at H&R Block Online 2017, and our review shows that it's the best option for those that qualify for free tax return filing. Read our full review here: https://thecollegeinvestor.com/20777/hr-block-2017-online-review/ In the video review, we break down: - H&R Block's changes for the 2017-2018 tax season, and how it's #1 change makes it the best choice this year - We look at H&R Block's navigation and highlight how it's very easy to use - We examine H&R Blocks Knowledge base and help and support section, and note how it's very easy for first time or novice filers to get answers - We dive into H&R Block 2017 pricing and plans. The most notable change is that H&R Block's free pricing tier - More Zero - includes deductions and tax credits, such as the EITC. This big change sets it apart from others when it comes to free file, making it the best choice for those who qualify. The bottom line is that those who are filing their 2017 taxes will likely get the most value out of H&R Block this year. Be sure to subscribe to our channel here: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=thecollegeinvestor If you want more from The College Investor: Check out my blog here: https://thecollegeinvestor.com/
We reviewed Quicken for Mac 2018, and we were happy to see that they made some big improvements over last year. You can read our full review here: https://thecollegeinvestor.com/20798/quicken-mac-2018-review/ In the review, we cover the following: - How Quicken for Mac is still great at budgeting and spending tracking - How Quicken for Mac 2018 improved their investment tracking, but still lacks some key reports - How Quicken for Mac includes some new features, like loan tracking - How Quicken changed their pricing model in 2018 to be subscription-based, versus a one time fee Overall, we think that Quicken for Mac 2018 is a good improvement, but is still lacking some key features that can be found online for free, using services like Personal Capital or Mint. Also, we don't know if it's worth paying full price for. Quicken itself has been running a 40% off sale, and we've found a great deal for Quicken For Mac 2018 on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Quicken-Deluxe-2018-Release-Membership/dp/B075NCB8ZM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=software&ie=UTF8&qid=1512532374&sr=1-3&keywords=quicken+for+mac+2018&linkCode=ll1&tag=thecollinve-20&linkId=c5127e4f936bbe115f8c8ad55808fca3 If you're considering buying this, it's potentially worthwhile at a good price. Be sure to subscribe to our channel here: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=thecollegeinvestor If you want more from The College Investor: Check out my blog here: https://thecollegeinvestor.com/
In today's video, I share with you the four main types of student loan forgiveness programs, and how each of them can help you with your student loan debt. Read the full article here: http://thecollegeinvestor.com/16568/taxes-and-student-loan-forgiveness/ In this video, we cover: - The major student loan forgiveness programs - How some student loan forgiveness is based on the repayment program you're using - How there are student loan discharge programs, and how they are slightly different from student loan forgiveness programs - And how student loan repayment assistance programs work By the end of this video, you'll know exactly what it takes to find a student loan forgiveness program, the major types, and even the taxability of each kind of program.
Today we show you how you can open a Roth IRA at Vanguard. For a full Vanguard review, including bonuses, check out: https://thecollegeinvestor.com/19714/vanguard-review/ In this video, we show you: - How to open a Roth IRA at Vanguard - Why Vanguard is the low price leader in the industry with expenses ratios - How Vanguard has some great options, but some not so great options - How their process to open an account is a little more difficult that some companies Make sure you read the full review for more!
We take a look at how to get started investing in your 20s, specifically for those 22 to 29, who've graduated college. Find the full article here: http://thecollegeinvestor.com/17809/start-investing-after-college/ In this video, I talk about why getting started investing after college is so important. We cover: - Why start investing early - Do you need a financial advisor - Should you consider using a robo-advisor - Why type of investment account should you open - Where to invest if you want to do it yourself - How much you should invest - Thoughts on potential ways to invest This video should give you great guidelines of what to think about when you are getting started investing.
Today we're talking about accounting software... yes, it's boring - but if you're a freelancer or side hustler, it's essential you keep accurate records. Check out the full article here: http://thecollegeinvestor.com/17571/the-best-online-accounting-software-for-your-cloud-business/ So, if you're side hustling or freelancing, what's the best software to keep track of your income and expenses, and what matters? We compare the top online accounting software: Quickbooks Online, Xero, Wave Accounting, and FreshBooks, and see which is the best for side hustlers and freelancers. We talk about the following: - Price: Which is the most affordable and what features do freelancers need? - Invoicing: Why invoicing is a must-have feature - Mobile App: This is a mobile first world, so your accounting and invoicing software needs to keep up - Ease of use: Which is the easiest to use Based on this criteria, we make our recommendation about what we believe is the best online accounting software for freelancers and side hustlers. If you check out the blog post, you'll also find a 30 day free trial for all of these paid services, so check it out!