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Tax Planning

From College Fund to Retirement Nest Egg – Tax Free

When each of my children was born, I had their application for a 529 college fund filled out, mailed, and funded with the first $100 before they were released from the hospital. I dutifully funded those accounts monthly for years, until they accumulated enough to fund...

Why Inheriting the Family Home Can Be a Bad Idea

For many of us, our home is more than just a piece of property. It holds deep memories and emotional meaning, especially if we raised our families there. For this reason, estate planning discussions often include leaving the family home to the kids. This can be a way...

Stricter IRS Reporting Rules For Payment Apps

The simple and easy online payment apps like Venmo, Zelle, PayPal, Google Pay, and Apple Pay may be in for a complex transformation if the IRS has its way. Congress recently appropriated money in the American Rescue Plan to increase staffing and resources for the IRS....

When “Financial Planning” Is Not Financial Planning

Whenever I surf television cable news channels, I can’t help but notice the plethora of ads for financial planning. Some of them sound compelling, even to me. I often find myself thinking, “Dang, that’s exactly what we do.” Then I notice the...

55 Companies Pay No Taxes–And There Is A Reason

A tweet by President Biden on October 20, 2021, got my attention: “Here’s the deal: If you spent $3 on your coffee this morning, that’s more than what 55 major corporations paid in taxes in recent years.” The president has used this statistic...