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Color of Money: Keeping tax breaks for 529 plans

WASHINGTON -- The plan was to take away a very generous tax break for college savings. It was, I believed, as did so many other college savings advocates, ill-conceived.

President Obama had proposed taxing the earnings in 529 plans; avoiding ...

Color of Money: Making personal finance personal

WASHINGTON -- When Danita Wadley talks about her clients, she often uses "we."

Wadley is a licensed financial coach in Houston whose job is to help people navigate various personal finance issues. When I talked to her about 49-year-old Traci ...

Color of Money: The IRS mess

WASHINGTON -- This is shaping up as an ugly tax season. It is not the year to procrastinate. Start gathering your stuff now, and file early and electronically.

The Internal Revenue Service, which brings in the dollars to fund the government, ...

Color of Money: Hooray for free credit scores

WASHINGTON -- It's been more than a decade since the Fair Credit Reporting Act was amended to make each of the three major credit reporting companies -- Equifax, Experian and TransUnion -- provide people with a free copy of their credit reports ...

Color of Money: Food for life

WASHINGTON -- There are times in your life when you realize something's got to change.

I had such an epiphany on New Year's Eve. My family and I were returning home from service at our church. We were hungry and wanted something fast. We stopped ...