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Stop Price Creep

Review your household vendors One simple idea could save you hundreds in your monthly expenses. It has to do with the tendency for inertia. When you are looking for a supplier of basic services, you tend to shop alternative companies, ask friends for recommendations, and get quotes from alternate choices…. Read More

Recovering from Identity Theft

There are now millions of victims of the identity theft epidemic. From stolen credit cards to fraudulently filed tax returns, a vast swath of the U.S. is trying to figure out how to repair the damage. To help, the Federal Trade Commission has created a nice tool to work through… Read More

Preview of Some Key 2017 Tax Figures

While official numbers for 2017 are not yet released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), many figures are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) published by the Department of Labor. Using the release of recent CPI figures, a number of sources are projecting key figures for 2017. Tax Brackets:… Read More

Taxation Without Representation is Alive and Well

Our forefathers launched the Revolutionary War with the claim “taxation without representation.” What few of us realize is that taxing the other guy who has no say in the matter is now a prevalent technique. Here are some examples. Hotel taxes to fund sports stadiums. New professional sports stadiums across… Read More

What to Do With Your Social Security Statement

The Social Security Administration is now doing a better job in sending out earnings reports by mailing paper statements to workers every five years beginning at age 25. The reports are also available online. These reports recap historic earnings and contain an estimate of potential benefits. When you receive your… Read More

Tips for Early Retirement

When would you like to retire? Even if the answer is later versus sooner, most of us would like the freedom to decide. To do this, consider what it would take to create financial independence in retirement. Here are some ideas to help plan for an early retirement. Start early…. Read More

In the News: The Student Tax Scam

IMPORTANT: Please pass this information on to each of your children and any family with kids in school. Your best defense is awareness. With school just around the corner, the IRS has reminded us to pay attention to a new scam that is targeting students and their parents. Here is… Read More

Ideas to Improve Your Cash Flow

One of the most common reasons businesses fail is due to lack of understanding of cash flow. The same can be said about your household’s personal financial statement. So what is this cash flow concept, how does it apply to you, and what are some ways to improve yours? Cash… Read More

Tips to Make School Expenses Deductible

It seems like summer has just begun and the Back-to-School advertising blitz has already started. Are there tax savings opportunities within this nightmare for our kids? Certainly, if you are tax smart about your spending. While the amounts may be small, they can add up in a hurry. Here are… Read More

Hotel Safety Travel Tips

As summer vacations continue through the month, please take a moment to review Traveler Safety Tips provided for those who stay in hotels and public lodging. These tips are provided courtesy of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Be safe out there! Don’t answer the door in a hotel or… Read More