Father Time has closed the book on 2018. We’ve sung Auld Lang Syne. And now our focus is on all the things that have to be done this year, which includes filing your income tax return for 2018 using the new tax rules. Oh Joy! Staying in the good graces of the IRS has...
In 2019, professional baseball player Bryce Harper signed the largest free-agent deal in the history of North American sports up to that time—$330 million dollars to play for the Philadelphia Phillies for 13 years. He had similar offers from the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. But...
There are certain questions of life we all want answered. What happens when you die? Does my life have meaning? How long should I keep tax records? Personally, my answer about keeping tax records is biased because I’m a safety man. I would wear a belt AND suspenders—just in case. But the length of...
Believe it or not, the penalty for failing to file a tax return exceeds the penalty for failing to pay your taxes. Filing an extension is a way to make sure you don’t fall into the bad graces of the Internal Revenue Service. I’ve talked to lots of folks who would rather give up...
To say there were some ticked off folks after-tax returns were filed for 2018 is an understatement. Border-to-border and coast-to-coast people who normally don’t have to send the IRS additional money were first shocked, and then angry that the government was demanding more. People who got a smaller-than-usual refund...
IRA rollovers are as common as drinking water. But if your rollover isn’t done correctly, it can cost you taxes and penalties, sucking out money that could have been used for your retirement. In this article from MarketWatch, you’ll discover 4 of the most expensive IRA rollover tax traps and how to avoid falling...
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin extended the 2019 tax filing date to July 15.  As a result, it also extends the deadline for making a 2019 contribution to your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or Roth IRA. You now have until July 15 to make last year’s contributions....