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    New Way to Deal with Credit Card Debt

    As the recession continues and companies cut costs, the consequences for actors are acutely felt: fewer productions, fewer auditions, and fewer bucks coming in.

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    Preparing Your Return

    There is no simple way to put in plain words how a tax return gets prepared. It's like explaining something to a child who keeps asking "Why?" Every time you clarify one part, you have to explain something else.

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    Who Can I Trust to Help Me With Filing Taxes?

    I am sure that a significant number of readers will try to prepare their own return this year using computer software. If you do, you won't be alone.

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    Financing Your Dream

    Unless you were born into wealth and your parents can afford to send you to whatever school you choose, you'll need to explore all your options for paying tuition, room and board, and incidental expenses.

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    You Gotta Have a Plan

    If you have been following the last five weeks of this series and acting on the tasks outlined in each article, you now have an arsenal of information at your fingertips. You know your net worth, you have a budget, you understand the availability of investment and retirement options, and ...

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    Watch Your Withholding

    Like most actors, I didn't like seeing so much of my income taken out of my paychecks for taxes. But you can't very well let the government keep as little as possible and then expect a big refund.

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    Plan for Your Taxes Now

    If you just put a little thought into preparing for tax season now, you may be able to take steps that will put some extra money in your pocket next year.

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    Lessons to Live By

    I was contacted in early December by a woman who hadn't filed tax returns in the last 10 years, and both the Internal Revenue Service and the state of California wanted to know why.

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    Bargains in New York

    Even when the economy is good, actors can use bargains. Here are some favorites of the Back Stage staff.

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    Getting an Extension

    There continues to be the perception that getting an extension allows you to put off both filing your tax return and paying your taxes until the extension deadline of Oct. 15. It's not so.