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Choosing Between Cash Back and Free Financing

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Choosing Between Cash Back and Free Financing

The waning months of a model year can be the best time to buy a new car. This is the period during which manufacturers are fielding more generous special offers and incentives to make room for their new products.

Two of the most common are cash rebates and extra-generous loan terms. This can put you in the position of having to decide between the two when both are offered. Here’s what you need to ponder when choosing between cash back and free (zero percent) financing.

Credit Scores Matter

Generally speaking, free financing offers are reserved for buyers with strong credit scores. You’ll typically see a phrase like “not all buyers will qualify” in the fine print of such propositions.

So, what is a strong credit score? The Fair Isaac Corporation’s FICO scores range from 300 to 850 and are the most commonly used measurement in this regard. A good credit score falls between 670 and 739 on the FICO scale. People with scores of 740 to 799 are considered to have very good credit, while 800 or better is considered exceptional.

You’ll have the luxury of making the choice between cashback and special financing if your credit score is well into the good range. If your score is considered good or better, you should keep reading. If it’s considered fair (580 -699) or poor (579 or lower), your only choice here will be the cashback option.

Cash Back Advantages

You can usually choose whether to take cashback in the form of a check or apply it to the purchase price of the vehicle.

Interestingly, employing the cash to bolster your down payment can often get you a better financing rate because the lender will consider you to have more “skin in the game” — so to speak. In some cases, this can also help you qualify for a loan if your credit score is on the softer side.

Even better, clearance-related rebates can often be combined with other offers to lower the price of the car even more. Deals such as those for military personnel, recent college graduates and members of organizations like AARP can deliver significant discounts — even after you’ve negotiated the purchase price of the car.

Free Financing Advantages

Special financing offers are typically made through a manufacturer’s captive lender. That you’ll pay less for a car loan with a free financing offer would appear to be common sense. After all, every interest rate reduction you can get will lower the overall price you’ll pay to buy the car.

Running the numbers through a car loan calculator can illustrate this for you firsthand. Let’s say you’re buying a car with a total price of $30,000, which you’ll finance over 60 months with a $6,000 down payment.

At zero percent, your payment will be $400 monthly and you’ll pay a total of $30,000 for the car. However, if the percentage rate is five percent, your payment will be $452.91 and you’ll pay a total of $33,174.60.

The zero-percent offer seems like the best possible scenario — right?

Keep reading.

So, Which Is Better?

Let’s go back to the car loan calculator to see what would happen if we applied a $3,000 rebate to the deal with all of the other terms listed above remaining constant.

Adding a rebate of $3000 to our $6,000 down payment would reduce the monthly payment to $396.30 at five percent interest. This would make our total out of pocket cost for the car $29,778, for a savings of $222 over accepting a zero percent financing deal.

Taking the rebate is a better play in this instance. Further, you can then go with an independent source of financing such as your bank or credit union, or an online lender such as RoadLoans. Any of these organizations might be in a position to offer you an even better interest rate.

Keep in mind though, much depends upon your credit score when choosing between cashback and free financing. You should also consider any other incentives for which you might be qualified.

Mahesh is leading digital marketing initiatives at RecentlyHeard, a NewsFeed platform that covers news from all sectors. He develops, manages, and executes digital strategies to increase online visibility, better reach target audiences, and create engaging experience across channels. With 7+ years of experience, He is skilled in search engine optimization, content marketing, social media marketing, and advertising, and analytics.

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ABC of Student Loans

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Are you near to graduating high school and you are in need of money to continue your education at a university? Student loans can help you build the path to a successful career!

These are a type of consolidation loan and they were created to help students achieve their goals, get a diploma in the field they desire and manage to create a strong financial situation. Before you can become eligible for a student loan you have to fill out a form called FAFSA, which can be found at your school or you can also download it online.

The service offered by through the internet is quicker and easier. After you have sent this form with the necessary information and answers you will get a notification back which will tell you how much money you can borrow and under what conditions. Various types of student loans exist. You have to be well informed of the types and their terms. Every country has different ways, so you should go to your local school for additional information or log on to the internet and search for the necessary info which is available in your country.

When you apply for a loan be sure to read the contract very carefully and ask if something is not clear. Don’t borrow an amount of money which you won’t be able to pay back and choose a period of time best suitable for you and your income, or the income of your parents. You don’t want to end up with debts so be attentive and safe. Also if you notice some problems in the process of repayment, there are student consolidation loans available which can help you organize your payments. Also don’t forget of the possibility of receiving scholarships if you are a leading student.

Education is very important and the government wants to help you somehow, but you are the main person, you have to be smart and arrange your goals and opportunities in the proper way. So don’t be ashamed of using personal, direct or student loans to achieve your goals because in the end all is worth it. Your education forms your way of life! Polish it and use every help you can get!

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WoW Mining Leveling Guide – How to Level Mining 1-450 Like a Pro

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In WoW, Mining is a lucrative profession because it is used for 3 crafting professions. The drawback is that to make some decent gold off the profession you need to reach a high level. I am going to give you a quick Mining Leveling Guide and give you some of the fundamentals to level mining quickly.   

Here are the Basics of my mining leveling guide:

You can Level Mining with a couple of different ways. The traditional way is leveling the profession by smelting and also by going out and finding nodes.   Today I am going to elaborate on how to find nodes for leveling the traditional way.   Let’s talk about finding nodes. Now, finding nodes can be rather time consuming to run around looking them. But the positive thing is it has no major upfront costs.  

To start off, you must first learn the profession and you must purchase a mining pick axe. You can’t mine without one. Once you have done this you are ready to venture out into the game of WoW and begin leveling your new profession.   Now you must pick a zone which, sometimes, can be a little difficult.  However, the same general rule of finding veins of ore hold true for all zones: you can usually find it around the mountain lines or at the edges of the zone.  You also have to make sure you have track minerals on so you can find ore more easily along with looking near the ridges.   Below is a list of the level, the Ore that will level you, and the zones that are best for this range.  

Here is the WoW Mining Leveling Guide you have been looking for: 

  • Level 1-60; Ore: Copper Ore;  Zones: Azuremyst Isle, Mulgore, Dun Morogh, Durotar, Teldrassil and Elwinn Forest.
  • Level 66-125;  Ore: Copper, Silver and Tin Ore;  Zones: Thousand Needles, Redridge Mountain                             
  • Level 126-175;  Ore:  Iron, Gold and Tin Ore;  Zones:  Thousand Needles, Arathi Highland                         
  • Level 176-245;  Ore: Mithril and Truesilver Ore;  Zones: Tanaris,The Hinterlands           
  • Level 246-300;  Ore: Mithril Ore and Rich Thorium Small Thorium;  Zones: Silithus, Tanaris, Winterspring                                                      
  • Level 301-325;  Ore: Fel Iron Ore; Zones: Hellfire Peninsula    
  • Level 326-350;  Ore: Fel Iron Ore, Khorium Ore, Adamantite Ore, Rich Adamantite;  Zones: Nagrand                                                                                          
  • Level 351-400;  Ore: Rich Cobalt, Cobalt Ore; Zones: Borean Tundra                                  
  • Level 401-450;  Ore: Rich Saronite ,Saronite Ore; Zones: Scholarzar Basin   

                

Smelting is usually pretty costly, although the bars usually sell for around the price of ore.

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Reduce Cost of College With Lifetime Learning Credits

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Lifetime Learning Credit

For 2015, there are two tax credits available to help you offset the costs of higher education by reducing the amount of your income tax. They are the American Opportunity Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit.

TAX BENEFIT – For the tax year, you may be able to claim a Lifetime Learning Credit of up to $2,000 for qualified education expenses paid for all eligible students. There is no limit on the number of years the Lifetime Learning Credit can be claimed for each student. A tax credit reduces the amount of income tax you may have to pay. Unlike a deduction, which reduces the amount of income subject to tax, a credit directly reduces the tax itself. The Lifetime Learning Credit is a nonrefundable credit, so if the credit is more than your tax the excess will not be refunded to you. Your allowable Lifetime Learning Credit is limited by the amount of your income and the amount of your tax.

ONLY ONE EDUCATION CREDIT ALLOWED – For each student, you can elect for any year only one of the credits. For example, if you elect to claim the Lifetime Learning Credit for a child on your 2015 tax return, you cannot, for that same child, also claim the American Opportunity Credit for 2015. If you are eligible to claim the Lifetime Learning Credit and you are also eligible to claim the American Opportunity Credit for the same student in the same year, you can choose to claim either credit, but not both. If you pay qualified education expenses for more than one student in the same year, you can choose to claim certain credits on a per-student, per-year basis. This means that, for example, you can claim the American Opportunity Credit for one student and the Lifetime Learning Credit for another student in the same year.

CLAIMING THE CREDIT – Generally, you can claim the Lifetime Learning Credit if all three of the following requirements are met.

  • You pay qualified education expenses of higher education.
  • You pay the education expenses for an eligible student (a student who is enrolled in one or more courses at an eligible educational institution).
  • The eligible student is either yourself, your spouse, or a dependent for whom you claim an exemption on your tax return.

Table 3-1. Overview of the Lifetime Learning Credit for 2015

Maximum credit

Up to $2,000 credit per return

Limit on modified adjusted gross income (MAGI)

$128,000 if married filing jointly;

$64,000 if single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er)

Refundable or nonrefundable

Nonrefundable-credit limited to the amount of tax you must pay on your taxable income

Number of years of postsecondary education

Available for all years of postsecondary education and for courses to acquire or improve job skills

Number of tax years credit available

Available for an unlimited number of tax years

Type of program required

Student does not need to be pursuing a program leading to a degree or other recognized education credential

Number of courses

Available for one or more courses

Felony drug conviction

Felony drug convictions do not make the student ineligible

Qualified expenses

Tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance (including amounts required to be paid to the institution for course-related books, supplies, and equipment)

Payments for academic periods

Payments made in 2015 for academic periods beginning in 2015 or beginning in the first 3 months of 2015

CANNOT CLAIM THE CREDIT – You cannot claim the Lifetime Learning Credit for 2015 if any of the following apply.

  • Your filing status is married filing separately.
  • You are listed as a dependent on another person’s tax return.
  • Your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is $64,000 or more ($128,000 or more in the case of a joint return).
  • You (or your spouse) were a nonresident alien for any part of 2015 and the nonresident alien did not elect to be treated as a resident alien for tax purposes. More information on nonresident aliens can be found in Publication 519.
  • You claim the American Opportunity Credit or a Tuition and Fees Deduction for the same student in same year.

QUALIFYING EXPENSES – The Lifetime Learning Credit is based on qualified education expenses you pay for yourself, your spouse, or a dependent for whom you claim an exemption on your tax return. Generally, the credit is allowed for qualified education expenses paid in same year for an academic period beginning in the same year or in the first 3 months of the following year. For example, if you paid $1,500 in December 2015 for qualified tuition for the spring 2016 semester beginning in January 2016, you may be able to use that $1,500 in figuring your 2015 credit.

Academic period. An academic period includes a semester, trimester, quarter, or other period of study (such as a summer school session) as reasonably determined by an educational institution. In the case of an educational institution that uses credit hours or clock hours and does not have academic terms, each payment period can be treated as an academic period.

Paid with borrowed funds. You can claim a Lifetime Learning Credit for qualified education expenses paid with the proceeds of a loan. You use the expenses to figure the Lifetime Learning Credit for the year in which the expenses are paid, not the year in which the loan is repaid. Treat loan disbursements sent directly to the educational institution as paid on the date the institution credits the student’s account.

Student withdraws from class (es). You can claim a Lifetime Learning Credit for qualified education expenses not refunded when a student withdraws.

For purposes of the Lifetime Learning Credit, qualified education expenses are tuition and certain related expenses required for enrollment in a course at an eligible educational institution. The course must be either part of a postsecondary degree program or taken by the student to acquire or improve job skills.

Eligible educational institution. An eligible educational institution is any college, university, vocational school, or other postsecondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. The educational institution should be able to tell you if it is an eligible educational institution. Certain educational institutions located outside the United States also participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs (such as Oxford University).

Related expenses. Student activity fees and expenses for course-related books, supplies, and equipment are included in qualified education expenses only if the fees and expenses must be paid to the institution for enrollment or attendance.

NO DOUBLE-DIPPING – You cannot do any of the following.

  • Deduct higher education expenses on your income tax return (as, for example, a business expense) and also claim a Lifetime Learning Credit based on those same expenses.
  • Claim a Lifetime Learning Credit in the same year that you are claiming a tuition and fees deduction for the same student.
  • Claim a Lifetime Learning Credit and an American Opportunity Credit based on the same qualified education expenses.
  • Claim a Lifetime Learning Credit based on the same expenses used to figure the tax-free portion of a distribution from a Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA) or Qualified Tuition Program (QTP).
  • Claim a credit based on qualified education expenses paid with tax-free educational assistance, such as a scholarship, grant, or assistance provided by an employer.

For each student, reduce the qualified education expenses paid by or on behalf of that student under the following rules. The result is the amount of adjusted qualified education expenses for each student.

Tax-free educational assistance. For tax-free educational assistance received in 2015, reduce the qualified educational expenses for each academic period by the amount of tax-free educational assistance allocable to that academic period. Some tax-free educational assistance received after 2015 may be treated as a refund of qualified education expenses paid in 2015. This tax-free educational assistance is any tax-free educational assistance received by you or anyone else after 2015 for qualified education expenses paid on behalf of a student in 2015 (or attributable to enrollment at an eligible educational institution during 2015).

Tax-free educational assistance includes:

  • The tax-free part of scholarships and fellowship grants
  • Pell grants (Scholarships, Fellowship Grants, Grants, and Tuition Reductions)
  • Employer-provided Educational Assistance
  • Veterans’ Educational Assistance
  • Any other nontaxable (tax-free) payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received as educational assistance.

Generally, any scholarship or fellowship grant is treated as tax free. However, a scholarship or fellowship grant is not treated as tax free to the extent the student includes it in gross income (if the student is required to file a tax return for the year the scholarship or fellowship grant is received) and either of the following is true.

  • The scholarship or fellowship grant (or any part of it) must be applied (by its terms) to expenses (such as room and board) other than qualified education expenses.
  • The scholarship or fellowship grant (or any part of it) may be applied (by its terms) to expenses (such as room and board) other than qualified education expenses.

You may be able to increase the combined value of an education credit and certain educational assistance if the student includes some or all of the educational assistance in income in the year it is received.

Refunds. A refund of qualified education expenses may reduce adjusted qualified education expenses for the tax year or require repayment (recapture) of a credit claimed in an earlier year. Some tax-free educational assistance received after 2015 may be treated as a refund.

Refunds received in 2015. For each student, figure the adjusted qualified education expenses for 2015 by adding all the qualified education expenses for 2015 and subtracting any refunds of those expenses received from the eligible educational institution during 2015.

Refunds received after 2015 but before your income tax return is filed. If anyone receives a refund after 2015 of qualified education expenses paid on behalf of a student in 2015 and the refund is paid before you file an income tax return for 2015, the amount of qualified education expenses for 2015 is reduced by the amount of the refund.

Refunds received after 2015 and after your income tax return is filed. If anyone receives a refund after 2015 of qualified education expenses paid on behalf of a student in 2015 and the refund is paid after you file an income tax return for 2015, you may need to repay some or all of the credit.

Credit recapture. If any tax-free educational assistance for the qualified education expenses paid in 2015 or any refund of your qualified education expenses paid in 2015 is received after you file your 2015 income tax return, you must recapture (repay) any excess credit. You do this by refiguring the amount of your adjusted qualified education expenses for 2015 by reducing the expenses by the amount of the refund or tax-free educational assistance. You then refigure your education credit(s) for 2015 and figure the amount by which your 2015 tax liability would have increased if you had claimed the refigured credit(s). Include that amount as an additional tax for the year the refund or tax-free assistance was received.

If you pay qualified education expenses in 2015 for an academic period that begins in the first 3 months of 2015 and you receive tax-free educational assistance, or a refund, as described above, you may choose to reduce your qualified education expenses for 2015 instead of reducing your expenses for 2015.

Amounts that do not reduce qualified education expenses. Do not reduce qualified education expenses by amounts paid with funds the student receives as:

  • Payment for services, such as wages,
  • A loan;
  • A gift;
  • An inheritance; or
  • A withdrawal from the student’s personal savings.

Do not reduce the qualified education expenses by any scholarship or fellowship grant reported as income on the student’s tax return in the following situations.

  • The use of the money is restricted, by the terms of the scholarship or fellowship grant, to costs of attendance (such as room and board) other than qualified education expenses, Scholarships, Fellowship Grants, Grants, and Tuition Reductions.
  • The use of the money is not restricted.

COORDINATION WITH PELL GRANTS AND OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS – You may be able to increase your Lifetime Learning Credit when the student (you, your spouse, or your dependent) includes certain scholarships or fellowship grants in the student’s gross income. Your credit may increase only if the amount of the student’s qualified education expenses minus the total amount of scholarships and fellowship grants is less than $10,000. If this situation applies, consider including some or all of the scholarship or fellowship grant in the student’s income in order to treat the included amount as paying nonqualified expenses instead of qualified education expenses. Nonqualified expenses are expenses such as room and board that are not qualified education expenses such as tuition and related fees.

Scholarships and fellowship grants that the student includes in income do not reduce the student’s qualified education expenses available to figure your Lifetime Learning Credit. Thus, including enough scholarship or fellowship grant in the student’s income to report up to $10,000 in qualified education expenses for your Lifetime Learning Credit may increase the credit by enough to increase your tax refund or reduce the amount of tax you owe even considering any increased tax liability from the additional income. However, the increase in tax liability as well as the loss of other tax credits may be greater than the additional Lifetime Learning Credit and may cause your tax refund to decrease or the amount of tax you owe to increase. Your specific circumstances will determine what amount, if any, of scholarship or fellowship grant to include in income to maximize your tax refund or minimize the amount of tax you owe. The scholarship or fellowship grant must be one that may (by its terms) be used for nonqualified expenses.

Finally, the amount of the scholarship or fellowship grant that is applied to nonqualified expenses cannot exceed the amount of the student’s actual nonqualified expenses that are paid in the tax year. This amount may differ from the student’s living expenses estimated by the student’s school in figuring the official cost of attendance under student aid rules. The fact that the educational institution applies the scholarship or fellowship grant to qualified education expenses, such as tuition and related fees, does not prevent the student from choosing to apply certain scholarships or fellowship grants to the student’s actual nonqualified expenses. By making this choice (that is, by including the part of the scholarship or fellowship grant applied to the student’s nonqualified expenses in income), the student may increase taxable income and may be required to file a tax return. But, this allows payments made in cash, by check, by credit or debit card, or with borrowed funds such as a student loan to be applied to qualified education expenses.

Something to consider is whether you will benefit from applying a scholarship or fellowship grant to nonqualified expenses will depend on the amount of the student’s qualified education expenses, the amount of the scholarship or fellowship grant, and whether the scholarship or fellowship grant may (by its terms) be used for nonqualified expenses. Any benefit will also depend on the student’s federal and state marginal tax rates as well as any federal and state tax credits the student claims. Before deciding, look at the total amount of your federal and state tax refunds or taxes owed and, if the student is your dependent, the student’s tax refunds or taxes owed. For example, if you are the student and you also claim the earned income credit, choosing to apply a scholarship or fellowship grant to nonqualified expenses by including the amount in your income may not benefit you if the decrease to your earned income credit as a result of including the scholarship or fellowship grant in income is more than the increase to your Lifetime Learning Credit as a result of including this amount in income.

NON-QUALIFYING EXPENSESQualified education expenses do not include amounts paid for:

  • Insurance;
  • Medical expenses (including student health fees);
  • Room and board;
  • Transportation; or
  • Similar personal, living, or family expenses.

This is true even if the amount must be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance.

Sports, games, hobbies, and noncredit courses. Qualified education expenses generally do not include expenses that relate to any course of instruction or other education that involves sports, games or hobbies, or any noncredit course. However, if the course of instruction or other education is part of the student’s degree program or is taken by the student to acquire or improve job skills, these expenses can qualify.

Comprehensive or bundled fees. Some eligible educational institutions combine all of their fees for an academic period into one amount. If you do not receive or do not have access to an allocation showing how much you paid for qualified education expenses and how much you paid for personal expenses, such as those listed above, contact the institution. The institution is required to make this allocation and provide you with the amount you paid (or were billed) for qualified education expenses on Form 1098-T. To help you figure your Lifetime Learning Credit, the student should receive Form 1098-T. Generally, an eligible educational institution (such as a college or university) must send Form 1098-T (or acceptable substitute) to each enrolled student by January 31, 2015. An institution may choose to report either payments received (box 1), or amounts billed (box 2), for qualified education expenses. However, the amounts on Form 1098-T, boxes 1 and 2, might be different from what you paid. When figuring the credit, use only the amounts you paid or are deemed to have paid in 2015 for qualified education expenses.

In addition, Form 1098-T should give other information for that institution, such as adjustments made for prior years, the amount of scholarships or grants, reimbursements or refunds, and whether the student was enrolled at least half-time or was a graduate student. The eligible educational institution may ask for a completed Form W-9S, or similar statement to obtain the student’s name, address, and taxpayer identification number.

CLAIMING DEPENDENT’S EXPENSES – If there are qualified education expenses for your dependent during a tax year, either you or your dependent, but not both, can claim a Lifetime Learning Credit for your dependent’s expenses for that year. For you to claim a Lifetime Learning Credit for your dependent’s expenses, you must also claim an exemption for your dependent. You do this by listing your dependent’s name and other required information on Form 1040 (or Form 1040A), line 6c.

Expenses paid by dependent. If you claim an exemption on your tax return for an eligible student who is your dependent, treat any expenses paid (or deemed paid) by your dependent as if you had paid them. Include these expenses when figuring the amount of your Lifetime Learning Credit. Qualified education expenses paid directly to an eligible educational institution for your dependent under a court-approved divorce decree are treated as paid by your dependent.

Expenses paid by you. If you claim an exemption for a dependent who is an eligible student, only you can include any expenses you paid when figuring the amount of the Lifetime Learning Credit. If neither you nor anyone else claims an exemption for the dependent, only the dependent can include any expenses you paid when figuring the Lifetime Learning Credit.

Expenses paid by others. Someone other than you, your spouse, or your dependent (such as a relative or former spouse) may make a payment directly to an eligible educational institution to pay for an eligible student’s qualified education expenses. In this case, the student is treated as receiving the payment from the other person and, in turn, paying the institution. If you claim an exemption on your tax return for the student, you are considered to have paid the expenses.

Tuition reduction. When an eligible educational institution provides a reduction in tuition to an employee of the institution (or spouse or dependent child of an employee), the amount of the reduction may or may not be taxable. If it is taxable, the employee is treated as receiving a payment of that amount and, in turn, paying it to the educational institution on behalf of the student.

FIGURING THE CREDIT – The amount of the Lifetime Learning Credit is 20% of the first $10,000 of qualified education expenses you paid for all eligible students. The maximum amount of Lifetime Learning Credit you can claim for 2015 is $2,000 (20% × $10,000). However, that amount may be reduced based on your MAGI.

The amount of your Lifetime Learning Credit is phased out (gradually reduced) if your MAGI is between $54,000 and $64,000 ($108,000 and $128,000 if you file a joint return). You cannot claim a Lifetime Learning Credit if your MAGI is $64,000 or more ($128,000 or more if you file a joint return).

Modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). For most taxpayers, MAGI is adjusted gross income (AGI) as figured on their federal income tax return.

MAGI when using Form 1040A. If you file Form 1040A, your MAGI is the AGI on line 22 of that form.

MAGI when using Form 1040. If you file Form 1040, your MAGI is the AGI on line 38 of that form, modified by adding back any:

1. Foreign earned income exclusion,

2. Foreign housing exclusion,

3. Foreign housing deduction,

4. Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of American Samoa, and

5. Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of Puerto Rico.

Phase Out. If your MAGI is within the range of incomes where the credit must be reduced, you will figure your reduced credit using lines 10-18 of Form 8863.

You figure the tentative Lifetime Learning Credit (20% of the first $10,000 of qualified education expenses you paid for all eligible students). The result is a $1,320 (20% x $6,600 eligible expenses) tentative credit.

Because your MAGI is within the range of incomes where the credit must be reduced, you must multiply your tentative credit ($1,320) by a fraction. The numerator of the fraction is $128,000 (the upper limit for those filing a joint return) minus your MAGI. The denominator is $20,000, the range of incomes for the phase out ($108,000 to $128,000). The result is the amount of your phased out (reduced) Lifetime Learning Credit ($1,056).

$1,320 x ($128,000 – $112,000)/$20,000 = $1.056

Claiming the Credit You claim the Lifetime Learning Credit by completing Form 8863 and submitting it with your Form 1040 or 1040A. Enter the credit on Form 1040, line 50, or Form 1040A, line 33.

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WoW Mining – 6 Quick Steps to Level 450!

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Mining is the most popular profession in World of Warcraft. It’s a very reliable money-making skill as all around Azeroth you can find veins of ore to mine and sell the ores, stones, gems and minerals you dig up.

Not only do you dig up the raw ores with Mining, you can also smelt them into metal bars for Blacksmiths, Jewelcrafters and Engineers to use. If you learn Mining and one of these other professions you have a potent combination.

The top level is 450, it takes a while to get there, but it’s worth it for the extremely valuable stuff you can dig for when you get there. If like me, you’re an impatient type, here is an overview of one of the quickest ways to level 450 in 6 steps:

Step 1

All races start in different places, but we’ll just cover the mining-masters Dwarves for now (also Gnomes who begin in the same area). You must get trained apprentice Mining first in town, next mine for copper ore in Durota and Dun Morogh until you reach level 30. Turn the copper into bars using your smelting ability and save them.

Step 2

When you reach level 65 become a Journeyman in Mining. Now mine in the areas of Redridge Mountains and a Thousand Needles, you want to search for tin. When you have dug up lots of tin, smelt it down into bars and then mix it with copper bars to create bronze bars. After a bit of this you will reach 95.

Step 3

Mine and smelt silver ore until you reach 125. At level 125 train to Expert Mining, keep to the thousand needles and also the Arathi Highland. From level 155 you can start smelting gold bars from gold ore, it’s best here to buy gold ore and smelt it – until level 175. Sell the bars for more ore if you run out of money.

Step 4

At 225 train up to Mining Expert. Now you want to continue your Mining around Tanaris and the Hinterlands. By the time you get to level 230 you can smelt Trusilver Ore and use it to jump up tp 245.

Step 5

Next we want to start mining in Winterspring. Start mining Thorium veins here, get your trainer to train you how to smelt thorium bars. You can find the most Torium around the Eastern Plaguelands. Then mine Fel Ore around the Hellfire Peninsula until level 325. After that you can reach 350 easily by Mining around Nagrand for Adamandite Ore.

Step 6

You’ll reach the final mining levels in Northrend. Firstly, learn Mining Grand Master when you get there. Then mine Cobalt Ore in the Borean Tundra. And finally, mine saronite ore at Sholazar Basin to reach level 450.

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Top 5 American Express Credit Cards in Singapore

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American Express is one of the biggest issuers of credit cards in the world. The company offers cards that are customized to meet the needs of all kinds of customers but mostly they cater to the needs of individuals with high net worth. At present, more than 100 million people around the world use cards that are issued by this multinational financial company. American Express has a very strong presence in most Asian countries including Singapore. It offers a range of credit cards that are very popular with residents of this island nation.

The top 5 American Express credit cards offered in Singapore are as follows:

1. True Cash Back Card – This card has been designed to help people with saving more money when they use the card for their daily expenses. A percentage of the amount spent with the card with be credited back to the cardholders’ account as cash back and so they can save money in the process. The cardholders will need to pay a little more than S$170 as annual fee for the card and they can also opt for supplementary cards for their loved ones to share with them the benefits offered with this card.

2. American Express Platinum Card – As its name suggest, this credit card comes with features that are designed for people with premier lifestyles and it can offer them with golfing, dining and travel benefits. Because of its worldwide acceptability, this card can be used at merchant outlets around the globe. The annual fee for the card charged is relatively high and so it may not be ideal for those who are looking for a card with low annual fee or other charges.

3. American Express Rewards Card – This is the ideal American Express credit card for those who want to earn reward points every time they use their card for any transaction. The reward points can be redeemed without any difficulty and on the website of American Express Singapore. The cardholders are offered with higher reward points when they use the card at some of the selected merchant outlets in Singapore. Only people aged 21 or above can apply for this card, which comes with a low annual fee of around S$50.

4. American Express Platinum Reserve Card – It is the ideal card for those who want to earn higher reward points for all of their purchases. It can the cardholders can earn up to 50,000 points in the initial 6 months of receiving the card by spending a specified amount of money. It is also very good for those who frequently dine out as it will offer them with discounts and other privileges at some of the top restaurants in the country. It does come with a high annual fee of more than S$500.

5. American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold Card – This American Express credit card has been designed for those who travel by Singapore Airlines on a regular basis as they can enjoy discounts of air tickets and a range of other travel benefits. With every dollar spent with the card, the cardholders earn air miles and the accumulated air miles can then be redeemed for hotel bookings, flight reservations and other travel benefits. Only people with high credit score can apply for this card.

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Home Loans With Bad Credit: 3 Key Factors To Help Get Approval

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Taking on a mortgage is no trivial thing, with the debt created typically in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. For bad credit borrowers, the task of getting approved can be extra difficult, but it is worth noting that there are some mortgage providers willing to approve applicants seeking home loans with bad credit.

Of course, securing mortgage approval comes down to meeting the criteria that lenders lay down, and convincing them that monthly repayments will be made without a hitch. Happily, credit scores actually have very little to do with it, providing bad credit borrowers with a window of opportunity.

The factors relate to income and debt-to-income ratio, and so long as these matters are addressed satisfactorily, the mortgage provider is extremely likely to grant the home loan application. But what are the factors and conditions that applicants need to be aware of?

1. Bad Credit Is Not Important

The biggest mistake applicants make is to think that the credit rating they have is a hugely important factor in the approval process. It is not, and in fact only affects the interest rate that is charged. So, those seeking home loans with bad credit can feel confident of getting the funds they need.

The reality is that if the credit score is very low, the interest rate on the mortgage is going to be high. This means two things. Firstly, the credit score can affect the affordability of the deal, thus impact on the chances of securing mortgage approval.

Secondly, it means that improving your credit score can have a positive impact, lowering the interest rate and thus helping to make the home loan more affordable.

2. Securing Better Terms

Since, the scores are linked to existing debts, the best way to improve credit scores is to clear those debts. That way, the score rises and the chances of getting a home loan with bad credit are improved.

The best way to clear those debts is to take out a consolidation loan and pay them off. The original debt is replaced by a new loan, but the new terms should make it is more affordable. This can improve the debt-to-income ratio, which in turn greatly improves the likelihood of securing mortgage approval.

Alternatively, trying to clear individual debts bit by bit. This will take a much longer amount of time, and the impact is likely to be less. Remember, a down payment needs to be saved in advance of securing a home loan too.

3. Making the Mortgage More Affordable

The affordability of any loan is the crucial element in the approval process, with the debt-to-income ratio establishing whether it is or not. But since the monthly repayment sum is the key, lowering it can help make the deal affordable. When it comes to a home loan with bad credit, this may be the fastest way to making the mortgage affordable.

Accomplishing this is pretty simple. Just take out a mortgage on a longer term than usual. Extending the term from 30 years to 40 years, for example, can reduce the repayments each month by perhaps $200. And once affordability is confirmed, securing mortgage approval is a formality.

Bear in mind, however, that a home loan with a longer repayment period is going to be more expensive in the long run. The amount or interest paid over 40 years will be more than over 30 years.

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Merits of Credit Cards

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Credit cards have both advantages and disadvantages. Student cards are a new avenue of making money for the banks. They lure students into buying cards to fulfill their spontaneous cash requirements. However, this turns out to be harmful for students. They do not know which card has what benefits and thus, they do not select the right card for use. What is more, interest rates on student cards are higher than those on other credit cards. These give an easy money option for students who are staying away from their parents, in a boarding school or a student hostel. This provides a good source of easy cash in times of a cash crunch. Such cards become heavenly in times of emergency.

How to use it?

A credit card can free the holder from the headache of obtaining funds. It is a good source of all-time money. But, it is necessary to educate students which card is best for them. Student cards invariably have low credit limits. This is done to put a cap on student spending. This will make the student self-dependent and help him/her take his own decisions when it comes to deciding his needs and his wants. Normally, a student spends on books, CDs, food, clothes and electronic accessories. Student cards which are jointly issued with a parent offer two bills, one to the parent and the other to the student. This enables the parent to check the spending patterns of their ward.

Student cards are fairly easy to get. All banks are falling over themselves to issue their own credit cards to students. This normally happens with students who are joining some professional course like engineering, medical, management, etc. Students from these courses generally need cash at a short notice.

Other credit cards

There are other cards for adults, which offer many benefits to the user. Some of these benefits include no surcharge for fuel on certain petrol pumps, discounts on ticket booking on the Indian railway website, discount offers in dining at fine dining restaurants, preferential health insurance, accidental insurance benefits, discounts in film theatres, reward points on spending on the card, discounts on food at well-known outlets like Pizza Hut, Coffee Day, Dominoes, etc. Additionally, some cards also offer doctor-on-call, concierge services, cash back on paying utility bills, etc. There are a lot of credit cards from other banks or financial institutions, all of which have tie-ups with their partners through which they offer discounts to customers. Credit cards are particularly useful when we must cash at a short notice in the time of medical emergencies or calamities.

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How Does a Bond at SA Home Loans Work?

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SA Home Loans launched as an alternative to regular banks in 2001 and has since granted over 100 000 home loans.

Why are they such a popular alternative?  It all started when they launched in that they aggressively advertised the 2% below prime bond.

Wouldn’t you like a bond that is at 2% below prime?  Well everybody would like that, the only thing was that they couldn’t maintain that rate because their interest rates are liked to the JIBAR (Johannesburg Interbank Agreed Rate) which constantly changes.  Jibar is the average interest rate at which banks buy and sell three-month money. This rate is calculated daily by SAFEX as the average rate quoted by the various banks.

So, many people switched their home loans to SA Homeloans and were disappointed to find that they changed their rates after 3 months, but this was mainly due to lack of communication and explanation of how Jibar works.

Does SA Home Loans grant 100% bonds?

The short answer would be no.  Unfortunately they do not offer 100% bonds but only 85% of the value (in the case of a switch) or 85% of the purchase price in the case of a home purchase.

How easy is it to qualify for a loan at SA Home Loans?

Well they approach lending in a very similar way the conventional banks do.  They also do a credit check and affordability check, in line with the NCA.

So, should you go with them?  Well they do offer a good alternative to conventional banks, so why not compare them to what the other banks are offering.  Ask your originator for more details.

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Alternative Student Loan – Do You Need Extra Money For College?

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Are you trying to pay for college and you cannot get enough money from regular financial aid? Do you need extra money for tuition, books, fees, and living expenses? There are ways that you can get more student loan money with an alternative student loan if you know where to look. Here are some helpful tips for you.

First, when you are looking at your budget and figuring out how much money you need for college you should always over exaggerate. This is important because if you just assume you will be fine on what you think you need, then how are you going to deal with an unexpected expense like a car repair or trip to the hospital.

Second, with an alternative student loan you can get extra money to help you so that you do not have to work and you can concentrate on your studies. There are various types of alternative student loans out there for you and all you really need to do is talk to your financial aid office to find out what you can qualify for.

Last, when it comes to any type of loan for schooling it is important that you make sure the loans do not have to be paid back until you have graduated. They should give you some sort of a grace period after graduation before they begin to ask you to pay for your student loans. This is important because you do not want this stress while you are taking classes.

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4 Sources of Free Backlinks for Credit Repair Companies

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Getting you website to rank well for high traffic terms is not easy, especially in financial services industries. According to SEOmoz’s Search Engine Ranking Factors, three of the top 5 ranking factors are related to the links pointing to your website. Having a targeted (links with descriptive anchor text from websites in the financial service category) and diverse (links from multiple root domains) portfolio of links goes a long way towards maximizing your ranking. The problem for credit repair companies, however, is that obtaining legitimate links is difficult. Because of the negative perceptions of the credit repair industry, few webmasters are willing to link to the websites of credit repair companies forcing many to try high-risk link building tactics such as purchasing links, purchasing sponsored blog posts, or resorting to blog and forum spamming.

For sites focused on long term success, these risky link building tactics are a scary proposition because they can result in animosity towards the brand from other webmasters and even worse, a rankings penalty from the search engines. While punishments are not a sure thing, and many companies seem to be able to run in violation of search engine guidelines with impunity, being one of the unlucky ones that do get penalized could take a credit repair company from profitability to irrelevance overnight.

Instead of relying on high risk link building methods, there are a number of community driven sites where you can earn targeted, followed links in exchange for your participation. Four such sites are listed below.

AOL Answers (aolanswers.com)

Recently converted to AOL Answers from Yedda, this site functions similarly to the wildly Yahoo! Answers except that when answering a question, you have the ability to include followed links with the anchor text of your choice. You can create a profile page with links to your site.

Standard spam prevention measures are in place to prevent abuse of the system, but as long as you take the time to provide good information that is of use to the askers on the site, AOL Answers can be a good source of links and traffic.

Credit Repair BEST ( www.creditrepairbest.com )

Much like AOL Answers in premise, this site differs by having more hands on moderation and by being solely focused on credit repair topics. While the site is not as popular, this links you will receive are much more targeted.

Credit Repair Thoughts ( www.creditrepairthoughts.org )

Credit Repair Thoughts is a standard Article Dashboard site that is focused on the credit repair industry and has been modified to provide authors with more SEO benefit when compared to other Article Dashboard sites. The site is diligent about approving only relevant, high quality articles so your links do not get watered down by thousands of spammy or poorly spun entries.

BloggercizeMe.com, MarsBlogger.com, Blog.com, etc.

Built using the WordPress MU publishing platform, these sites allow you to create your own WordPress blogs on their domains. While not a substitute for having a blog on your own domain, creating mini-blogs (half a dozen posts) with links to your site helps you add links from a larger number of domains while still preserving the topical relevancy of the pages being linked from.

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