Category Archives: Taxes

Prepare Ahead for Your Tax Refund

Tax season is almost upon us.  There is no consensus as to whether one should adjust your W-4 Withholdings so you do not get a (big) tax refund.  On the one hand the money stays in your pocket all year long, not Uncle Sam’s, while on the other hand there are many Americans who prefer to get a taxContinue Reading

Why Do People Care About the New Health Care Surtax?

You literally can’t open a financial website or check out a financial magazine without hearing about the New Health Care Surtax and I don’t know why  It isn’t that a new tax of this magnitude isn’t important it is that just the majority of the people, call it 95%ish, will never encounter the new taxContinue Reading

I Can’t Believe I have Been Blogging for 4 Years

On August 5th of 2008 I put up my first post.  I had no idea if anyone would read about my journey, nevertheless care about what was going on in my life, but I wanted to share my thoughts with whoever wanted to read them.  Since putting that first post up I have seen somewhereContinue Reading

Income Tax Planning for Savings Bonds

I can’t believe it was almost three years ago that I researched Estate Planning and Savings Bonds, wow time flies!  Notwithstanding, there are various tax strategies when dealing with your Savings bonds.  The first has to do when you should “choose” to pay tax on the interest gained and the second has to do withContinue Reading

What is the Difference Between Marginal and Effective Tax Rate?

I am often surprised how many people don’t understand how the United States Income Tax system actually works, but on the surface it is a really simple system.  Like anything else, once we get deeper it becomes a bit LOTS more complicated. However, when someone says, “I don’t want to make more money than $X becauseContinue Reading

How To Protect Yourself Against Potential Tax Scams

In times past, scam artists and masters of fraud generally operated in person or by paper mail. In today’s hi-tech world, however, scam artists have become much more sophisticated. Identity theft, Nigerian scams, and a host of other fraudulent activities are, unfortunately, quite common on the web. Another area that fraudsters love attempting to bilkContinue Reading