Monthly Archives: February 2012

How I Use The Google Docs Spreadsheet For Investing

I am not exactly sure how Microsoft still profits off the office suite of products considering the awesomeness that is both google docs and openoffice; although I guess they figured out the model might be currently flawed as they have recently moved to an ad based, stripped down version of the product installed on new… Continue Reading

2012 Gift Tax Exemption and Exclusion Amounts

DISCLAIMER: Estate and Gift Taxes are an entire semester at law school and probably for your local accountant as well so this is just a brief introduction into the exemption amounts that are currently Available in 2012.  Even the Internal Revenue Service understands how complicated estate and gift taxes can be come so they have… Continue Reading

How I Prepare to Meet My Accountant

Up until I got married to The Wife I did my own taxes as they were straightforward!  A W2, a few bank accounts, an investment account and my student loans.  Then I bought a house and got married…that’s when my tax world became more complicated.  The Wife is an independent contractor, and as an independent… Continue Reading

Never Assume Someone Has a Completed Estate Plan

In the past I have stressed that regardless if someone is with working with a professional that person’s testamentary intent should be the most important objective when planning his or her estate.  Recently, I have been seeing a trend that makes me believe that goal needs to be restated and tweaked a bit – Testamentary… Continue Reading

Updating My Dividend Income Investment Portfolio

Every two to three months I like to update my Dividend Investment Portfolio (or known around these parts as the article formally known as the Perpetual Income Machine) and since my last update was in December of 2011 I figured it was about time.  These posts are to provide myself with a “watch list” for… Continue Reading

Maximizing Family Resources to Get College Financial Aid

It’s no secret that paying for college is an incredibly expensive proposition these days. Tuition at private schools has been steadily rising for years, and state financial troubles have now caused public school tuition to skyrocket, as well. No matter how much or how long you save, it often seems as though no amount of… Continue Reading