This scenario will probably sound familiar. Your accountant takes the information you provide to them, they put the right numbers into the right boxes on the right forms and get them filed by the right deadline. It’s like a checklist: check, check, check, and check. Once they have completed your tax return, they move along to the next return checklist and start the process over again. Now, there is value in recording history, and it is very important to do it correctly, but at the end of the day, you want to know more than just how much you owe. You want to know how to pay less in taxes each and every year. That is the very reason why your tax professional should do more than just taxes.
Legend holds that in 1494, an Italian friar named Luca Pacioli was sitting under an apple tree when an apple bounced off his head. In a flash of insight, he invented the “double-entry bookkeeping” system where each entry has a corresponding and opposite entry to a different account. Those entries, called debits and credits, help accountants avoid headaches — if the debits and credits don’t balance, there’s a mistake somewhere. (Some of you may be thinking that was Sir Isaac Newton with the apple inventing gravity, but this is our story and we’re sticking to it.)
By all rights, "Tax Day" ought to be one of our favorite holidays, like "Christmas in April" without the carols, the hype, or the eggnog. That's because eighty percent of us get refunds, averaging $2,782 each in 2017. (When was the last time Santa Claus left three grand in your stocking?) Of course, that means 20% of us are writing checks to the IRS. And if you're among that 20%, we sympathize. We know it hurts. But we're confident it doesn’t hurt nearly as much for you as it does for a "master of the Universe" named John Paulson.
Baseball is back, even as some teams are looking at early-season snow days. Little-leaguers across the land are donning gloves and getting ready to watch their favorite big-leaguers take to the field. Stats geeks are prepping spreadsheets to crunch numbers like WAR (Wins Above Replacement), BABIP (Batting Average on Balls in Play), and LWCT (Largest Wad of Chewing Tobacco). And the umpires at the IRS are watching a new pitch that Washington just threw across their plate, too.
Perhaps you have a strategy that satisfies your retirement income needs and leaves some money left over. Have you also taken the time to prepare for the unknown?
Unforeseen medical expenses can rain down at any time and flood your retirement with overwhelming debt and stress. Although you can’t control if or when a rainy day will happen, you can control how much coverage your umbrella provides.
Most Stranger Things viewers love the show's music and movie references. Naturally, it makes us nostalgic for 1980s taxes. (Have we told you we need to get out more often?) So, for all you "Upside Down" fans, let's take a walk down memory lane and see what taxes looked like when it was "morning in America"
If you're consistently saving a double-digit percentage of your income for retirement, then congratulations. You've taken a huge step toward ensuring that you'll have a comfortable retirement. However, it's only the first step; the next is to grow your money so it will be enough to support you when you're no longer working. If you're making any of these common errors, then you may come up short despite your diligent saving. Please know that these are only generally examples of some common potential errors and these examples do not apply to everyone.