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Tax Planning

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...

Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments: Understand The Options

In July, families eligible for the federal Child Tax Credit will begin receiving monthly payments instead of waiting to receive an annual credit when they file their 2021 tax returns. One parent of two small children thinks the change will make a significant...

Avoid “Emergency Room” Financial Planning

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Most of us are familiar with this tidbit of immense wisdom. That doesn’t necessarily mean we follow it when it comes to either our physical or our financial health. According to a Modern Healthcare...

When Tax Deductions Cost You Money

How much is a tax deduction worth? Maybe less than your money scripts would have you believe. Here are some common ways that over-emphasizing deductions may reduce your tax bill, but actually cost you more money than you save. 1. Maintaining a Home Mortgage. “I...

Trump’s Tax Avoidance

Every once in a while, a breaking news story is on a topic that I actually understand. The September 27 New York Times article, “Long-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses And Years Of Tax Avoidance,” is one such story. Many reactions to it show...