About the Author

Rorik Larson is a fee-only financial planner located in Palos Heights, IL serving clients throughout the Chicago area and across the country. Essential Financial Strategies provides tax focused comprehensive wealth planning, college planning, and retirement planning, to help clients organize, protect, and grow their assets. Essential Financial Strategies serves clients as a fiduciary.

Money and More© On Hiatus

Money and More (C) has been taking a break from Tax Season through the middle of the Summer.  We will return later this month.   Rorik

Money and More© February 9, 2019

Save taxes on medical expenses and use the standard deduction   Thanks to the tax law changes, many taxpayers must now take the Standard Deduction on their federal income tax returns.   Additionally, the threshold for medical expenses jumped from 7.5% of Adjusted Gross Income to 10% in 2019.  There are strategies that can help save… [Continue]

Money and More© January 19, 2019

Retirement Financial planners like myself often encounter clients wanting to know how to financially retire.   While retirement is about much more than just money, that is why folks frequently seek out financial planning.   These people just want to know “How much do I need to retire” to avoid living under a bridge?  This can become… [Continue]

Money and More© January 12, 2019

Your Taxes and the Government Shutdown The current federal government partial shutdown is affecting the IRS and your taxes.  On January 7th the IRS announced that they will accept tax returns starting on January 28th.  The IRS will issue refunds on schedule.  There are other issues that might hold up returns.   The IRS has recalled… [Continue]

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