How You Make Your Money During Retirement is just as Important as How Much You Make!

At some point in the future, you are going to look at your spouse and a warm feeling is going to come over you. It may be at age 55, 60 or 65. It will be the day that you retire. On this day you will begin to understand that “How you make your money Read more about How You Make Your Money During Retirement is just as Important as How Much You Make![…]

Do You Believe What I Believe?

Do you believe what I believe? That is a crazy thing to ask, but if you think about it all major changes in society, technology, and thought processes have started with coming together around a central thing to believe in. Here is what I believe in. I believe in challenging conventional wisdom with regard to Read more about Do You Believe What I Believe?[…]

Fee Fi Fo Fum…

Fee-fi-fo-fum. I smell the blood of a U.S. Taxpayer. Be he alive or be he dead. I’ll tax his bones until he’s fully bled. The phrase has no meaning apart from when quoting Shakespeare or Jack and the Beanstalk, there’s little reason ever to use it. I am however going to use it to reference Read more about Fee Fi Fo Fum…[…]

The Only Tax You Owe is the First One!

If you have ever read the tax code from cover to cover please raise your hand. Don’t be silly put your hand down. For one reason I cannot see you raise your hand through your computer screen (only the government can do that). And the other reason, the tax code is 75,000 pages – who is Read more about The Only Tax You Owe is the First One![…]

The effects of Trump’s Tax Plan on Tax-Free Retirement Planning

How does getting to the 0% tax bracket change if President Trump lowers rates? Here are the facts. If Trump is to push his tax cuts through, it will likely be under what is known as budget reconciliation. The passage of otherwise controversial laws requires a filibuster-proof supermajority or three-fifths vote in the House and Senate. Since Read more about The effects of Trump’s Tax Plan on Tax-Free Retirement Planning[…]

Doctor, it hurts when I do this!

Doctor, it hurts when I do this. Do what? Pay Taxes! There is lots of talk today about the government’s new tax plan proposal. Current speculation ranges from tax breaks across the board to taxes that hurt the middle class to tax breaks just for the rich. I am here to tell you that whatever Read more about Doctor, it hurts when I do this![…]

Taxed Once, Taxed Twice… Social Security Ain’t So Nice!

By now you are used to all of the various deductions on your paycheck. Guaranteed you will have withholdings for Federal Income Tax, Social Security (FICA), Medicare (FICA), health insurance, possibly life and disability insurance and your 401k contributions. The Social Security deduction under the FICA umbrella is a tax that you pay every week Read more about Taxed Once, Taxed Twice… Social Security Ain’t So Nice![…]

Life lessons you can learn from Indiana Jones.

Let’s go back to 1989. The blockbuster, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusades is in theaters and is entertaining millions. In the movie, Indy and the bad guys are searching for the Holy Grail which will grant immortality to those who drink from it. Indy gets captured and is forced to pass a series of Read more about Life lessons you can learn from Indiana Jones.[…]

Jeopardy, Double Jeopardy and Double Taxation!

Bear with me while I tie a few things together… The game show “Jeopardy” has been around since the 1960’s. It wasn’t until I was much older that I began to appreciate the show for what it is and what it isn’t. I am amazed at the amount of obscure trivia that the contestants knew Read more about Jeopardy, Double Jeopardy and Double Taxation![…]

Hocus Pocus, Poof! The Tax Savings Disappear!

I for one do not believe that qualified retirement plans are all that they profess to be. They are surrounded by ever changing, complicated rules that turn out to be very costly. I don’t believe all of the rhetoric about tax savings. Someone is going to be taxed on this money. If not you, then Read more about Hocus Pocus, Poof! The Tax Savings Disappear![…]