Financial Planning and the New Tax Plan

Financial Planning and the New Tax Plan

Right now, you may be in the throes of gathering your tax documents for 2017 and preparing for the annual ritual of filing online or with your accountant. But it’s worth noting that substantial changes are on the horizon for 2018. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was...

Tax Advantages of Retirement Accounts

This is the sixth post in my “Taxes for Your Family” series. I’m always surprised when people don’t take advantage of tax-advantaged retirement accounts. Don’t they realize it’s the best deal Uncle Sam has going? Here are four ways saving in a...

What is the AMT and Who Pays It?

I really strive to explain complex topics in a straightforward way.  But the AMT is a toughie. Our “main” tax code is complicated enough.  But there is actually a second set of tax rules: the Alternative Minimum Tax rules. What is the AMT? The Alternative Minimum Tax...

The Difference between Marginal and Average Tax Rates

You may have heard that the income tax rate on the highest earners is now 39.6%. Wow, does that mean if we make $500,000 we’ll pay $198,000 in federal income tax? Well, no. The rates you hear on the news are the top marginal tax rates.  Tax payers are divided into tax...