Understanding Your Tax Bill: Property, Sales Tax, and How to Avoid Sticker Shock

"The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government.''  -James Madison, U.S. President https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ0t_BuXIrU&feature=youtu.be Whether you aspire to build a real estate empire on Park Place and Boardwalk, or just a modest little home somewhere around, say, Baltic Avenue, there’s no avoiding the tax bill. Both on the Monopoly…


Test Your Powers of Deduction, Earn Extra Credit! (Income Tax: The Sequel)

Looking to put your powers of deduction to the test? Want to rack up some extra credit?  Your powers of tax deduction, that is.  And by credit, I mean tax credits. And by tax credits, I mean a lower tax bill and keeping more of your money in the bank.  If so, then you have come to the right place! This is part two of my discussion of income taxes. If you didn’t read my last post (part 1) you…


Code Green! The Taxman Cometh: Making Sense of Tax Law Gobbledygook

“I am proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is – I could be just as proud for half the money.” -Arthur Godfrey, entertainer What’s that noise? Why, that’s the sound of your bank account crying when tax time rolls around.  Navigating the seemingly complex annals of the tax code and process of filing your taxes can be less painful when you are well-informed (and that…