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]

Money and More© December 15, 2018

Charitable Giving under the Tax Law Changes The sweeping tax laws changes  from year ago have a great effect on charitable giving.  These are likely to be even more profound in 2019 as taxpayers better understand the law.  The new law  increases the amount a taxpayer can deduct from 50% of adjusted gross income (AGI)… [Continue]

Money and More© December 8, 2018

Retirement Pension and Social Security Sweet Spots Coordinating the timing of pensions and social security can create greater wealth during retirement.   Often folks want to take their pensions and Social Security as soon as possible.  Social Security which can be started as early age 62 is penalized for each month taken prior to the Full… [Continue]

Money and More © Orland Park, November 3, 2018

Maintenance While cleaning up and doing tent maintenance after a recent Orland Park Cub Scout camping trip, I thought about how important it is to perform maintenance on many items including my investment accounts.  This part of financial planning is necessary yet a very unexciting chore.  I perform such cleaning tasks as making sure beneficiaries… [Continue]

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