Solutions to Make Better Decisions with Your Taxes and Money

5 Things You Didn’t Know Were Taxable

When you think of taxable income, the first things that come to mind are most likely wages, including self-employment income, and perhaps capital gains and interest income. As you prepare your taxes, however, you may discover additional types of taxable income that could take you by surprise. Check to see if any of the following […]

What Are Capital Gains? A Guide to When These Taxes Apply

If you sold something – a house, a car, some stock or even gold or silver coins – you may have a capital gain or loss. When we think of taxable income, most of us primarily think of our earned income, such as wages or self-employment pay. We don’t always include the car we sold […]

5 Capital Gains Mistakes that Could Cost You

What you should know before you sell. If you’re thinking about selling assets, such as stock, you’d better plan ahead. A little planning now can save you lot of capital gains tax later when you file your return. Here are some mistakes to avoid and what you can do to keep from paying higher capital […]

10 Year-End Tax Tips to Maximize Your 2013 Refund

Although the year is winding down, there’s still time to maximize your 2013 refund. Here are 10 tips for saving more on your taxes before December 31: 10. Drain your Flexible Spending Account (FSA). If you still have money left in your FSA, don’t let it go to waste. Check with your employer to verify […]

What the Capital Gains Tax Hike Means For You

Are you thinking about selling a capital asset at a gain in 2013? A 5% difference in tax rates makes a huge difference in your after-tax rate of return on an investment. That’s how much your capital gains rate may go up in 2013. The highest rate on capital gains is now 20% – up […]

Is It Crazy to Buy Gold Coins For Investments?

Have you ever wanted to buy gold coins for investing? Or maybe just as a hobby? In the days of instant, online stock trading and financial accounts, sometimes money seems almost make-believe. We no longer even have a passbook to hold on to. We certainly never see most of our money as a tangible object. […]

Long-Term Capital Gains: How Much Tax Will I Owe?

Did you sell a house, some investments, or even a car this year that you may need to report as the sale of a capital asset? If you sold an asset, possibly at a profit, you’ll generally pay less tax on the gain than you would pay on ordinary income, such as wages. You must […]

The Fiscal Cliff Fix: What It Means For You

What was that fiscal cliff all about? How does the fiscal cliff “fix” affect you? Late last year, we heard a lot about the so-called “fiscal cliff” – a combination of spending cuts and tax hikes set to automatically take effect unless the parties in Washington came to some kind of compromise. The scenario was […]

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