Barb Wollan

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Iowa tax law includes two tax credits to help families with pre-school and school-aged children. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach family finance program specialists talk about the Iowa Tuition and Textbook Credit and the Early Childhood Development Credit.

By: Barb Wollan and Joyce Lash and Erin Fosselman

Money often plays a role when people are trying to reach their goals or deal with difficult issues in their lives. “Your Money, Your Goals,” a course from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is specifically designed for professionals and volunteers who want to help others with their finances.

By: Barb Wollan and Suzanne Bartholomae and Laura Sternweis

An income tax refund provides an important annual financial boost for many Iowa families. Claiming that tax refund, however, is sometimes more expensive than it needs to be, according to Barb Wollan, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

By: Barb Wollan and Laura Sternweis

The announcement of the new donor-funded college savings program “Availa Kares” for students in Hamilton County schools is exciting for many reasons, according to Barb Wollan, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The program will help students with costs of post-secondary education.

By: Barb Wollan and Laura Sternweis

After attending the “Planning to Take Action against Opioids in Your Community” workshop in Ames on Sept. 12, community leaders from 30 Iowa counties are returning home equipped to reach various age groups with substance misuse prevention programming.

By: Barb Wollan and Joyce Lash and Linda Cline and Laura Beyenhof

Because of federal tax law changes in 2018, Iowans’ tax returns are going to look different this year, according to Barb Wollan, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. When tax law changes, it is even more important to get well-informed guidance, Wollan said.

By: Barb Wollan and Laura Sternweis

Is your tax refund the financial highlight of the year? Then it is a valuable resource – one you can use to get ahead, suggests Barb Wollan, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

By: Barb Wollan and Laura Sternweis

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing many Iowans to rethink when they will retire, whether sooner or later than they originally had planned. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is delivering educational online workshops that address both scenarios.

By: Barb Wollan and Suzanne Bartholomae and Kalyn Cody

As the COVID-19 vaccine begins to be distributed in Iowa, scams are being reported that are preying on those who are at higher risk of COVID-19 infection, such as older adults. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists say you can protect yourself and your loved ones by knowing the facts.

By: Sarah Francis and Jeongeun Lee and Barb Wollan

With the continuing pandemic, many Iowans are rethinking when they will retire, whether sooner or later than they originally had planned. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is delivering educational online workshops beginning in January that address both scenarios.

By: Barb Wollan and Kalyn Cody