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...

Taxes, Emotions, and Your Money Scripts

Someone recently asked if I knew of a CPA that was trained as a financial therapist. I admitted I didn’t. I even chuckled at the peculiar combination—until I realized it’s probably just as peculiar for an investment-loving CFP like me to be trained in financial...

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...

National Debt and Possible Tax Increases

Watch this video on YouTube Almost every politician running for president or Congress refers to the alarming growth of the national debt. It is now $23.2 trillion, or $188,000 for each individual taxpayer. Democrats blame the recent run-up of the debt on the...

Real Impact of Tax Act is Reduced Corporate Rate

Watch this video on YouTube The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) has generated a lot of media hype, much of which is coming from the extreme wings of both political parties and much of which is simply not true. Here is some perspective. First, when he signed the bill...