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The High Marginal Cost of the Social Security Benefits Tax

In yesterday’s Dallas Morning News, financial columnist Scott Burns discussed the hard-hitting Social Security benefits tax.  Using Turbo-Tax, he demonstrates how middle-income seniors (those earning $41,343 to $77,343) are hit by the tax.  Since the income thresholds are not adjusted for inflation, but Social Security benefits are, more seniors will have pay the tax as […]

Major Tax Savings That May Not Be Around Next Year

There are several tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of the year.  While it is not yet known whether they will be extended into tax year 2014 (and it may be months before we know for sure), now is the time to assume their demise and take advantage of them this year.  […]

Paying People to Buy; Punishing Them for Saving

Today the NCPA featured a report summary in its Daily Policy Digest on how taxing capital penalizes saving.   The report, by Alan Viard of the American Enterprise Institute, provides a clear example of how even if the tax rates on labor income and saving are the same, the saver still pays a greater effective tax rate […]

Rich or Simply Frugal?

There is always a target for bad tax policy, and these days it seems to be the rich.  Every scheme designed to raise tax revenue is usually based on taxing the rich more, taxing the poor less, and generally redistributing wealth so that society is fair.  Sadly, however, the non-wealthy but frugal and hard-working citizen often […]

Old Retirement Rules are Now in Question

The conventional wisdom of playing if safe in the bond market may not be good for retirees after all, says the New York Times. The 4 percent annual withdrawal rule may also be out of date, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  

The United States of Cyprus: Will American Retirement Accounts be Raided?

cheap cad software p>As I skimmed through a copy of the president’s 2014 budget, which by the way, is chock full of fluffy spending at the expense of the taxpayer, I caught site of an interesting proposal regarding retirement accounts.   Let me back up a bit and rephrase myself — I caught sight of a “hair-brained […]

Nervously Holding Bonds

cialis online     The stock market is getting a bad reputation these days. It waxes and wanes hour by hour depending on everything from who is elected president to the future of twinkies and cupcakes. Never mind that in the grand scheme of things, individual stock returns are really based on corporate earnings, and […]

Is the Path to Retirement Just Pure Luck? (Part II)

Is the Path to Retirement Just Pure Luck? (Part I)

No. Last month, Wells Fargo and Gallup released a poll on household investors’ opinions. Wells Fargo’s media release headline reads: “Low Rates Force One in Three Investors to Delay Retirement.” The Los Angeles Times reads, “Low Interest Rates are Hampering Retirement Plans.” Whenever I see these kinds of headlines, I like to get to heart […]

Don't Treat the I.R.S. Like a Savings Account

Picture this scenario: Suppose you are a habitual spendthrift and have great difficulty putting money aside for savings, so you ask a trusted friend to hold money for you. Each month for a year, you give this friend $200 a month, which you cannot b orrow against or ask to be returned to you until […]