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Don’t Let Student Loans Bite Your Butt

Student loan forgiveness can be a welcome relief for many, but there are important tax consequences that you need to be aware of if your loan is forgiven. In this interview with Student Loan Hero CEO, Andy Josuweit, we dish student loans and more.Student Loans Need Forgiveness

Americans owe more than $1.3 million dollars in student loan debt, and for many of us, that debt is killing our budgets.

When the student loan forgiveness  act came on the scene in 2010, it was a welcome sign of relief for many borrowers. While on one hand, if you follow the rules, you can have your loan forgiven after 10 years of payment. On the other hand, what isn’t so talked about are the tax consequences of having your loan forgiven.

Say for instance you owe $20,000 on your student loan after making 10 years of payments on an income-based repayment plan (FYI, you must be on the right payment plan for student loan forgiveness to be valid.)

Yes, you would have that $20,000 of debt wiped away. However, at tax time, you would receive a document that states you essentially earned $20,000 of additional income that year, meaning you will have to pay tax on that added amount of income. This could potentially bump you into a higher tax bracket, and be devastating if you can’t pay the tax bill.

Know What You’re In For

It’s important that you know what you’re in for when it comes to your student loans. Know what kind of loan you have. Know if your loans are able to qualify for the loan forgiveness program. Know what your tax consequences might be. Be aware…it’s your money after all.

On this Podcast Episode

  • I chat with Student Loan Hero CEO, Andrew Josuweit, about student loan forgiveness
  • Find out what you need to know about potential tax consequences
  • Understand your options to lower your student loan debt load
  • Hear about all the awesome benefits that Student Loan Hero offers 
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Don’t Wreck Your Credit By Doing This One Thing

This is the one thing you should never do  in terms of your credit score. Credit score is tricky. There are thousands of articles out there talking about credit score, and yet it’s so challenging to figure out why your credit score is the number it is. With that said, there is one particular thing that you can do to keep your score rocking, even if you have a few bad marks on your credit. It’s quite simple…pay your bills on time.

Your payment history has a 35% impact on your overall credit score. While a 30 or 60-day late might not have a big impact, a 90 or 180-day late will have a huge impact on your score for a long period of time.

On this podcast episode, I’m dishing all about this pesky credit trick and how you can keep your credit score on track. I also cover the popular topic of collections. This is a complete grey area, but I’ve got a few tips if you do have a collections on your credit report.

For more tips, follow me on Twitter @shannahgame, Instagram @millennial_money and at yourmillennialmoney.com.

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7 Smart Money Moves in Your 20’s

One of the most common questions I get asked is, “Am I making the right money moves for my age?” It makes me super happy that you are thinking about that and worried about it. I’ll be honest, when I was in my early 20’s, I wasn’t thinking about “am I making the right money moves.”

Trying to figure out what to do with your money in your 20's can be tricky. I've got a handy guide to help you through it PLUS a FREE e course.

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2 Credit Card Secrets That Will Save You Money

Use these 2 credit card secrets to save you a ton of money because you've got better things to do with your money!

I’m a huge fan of credit cards. Yep, I said it.

Contrary to what most personal finance experts will tell you, I think having a credit card, or a few credit cards, can be a smart money move in your 20’s and 30’s.

Why?

Credit cards offer so many perks. You can get free plane tickets, cash back, discounts, free hotel stays, buy all the stuff you want on Amazon, etc. Depending on which credit card you have, of course, will determine what “goodies” you get. The goodies though are the reason to have a credit card. (more…)

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