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Save More Money With These 15+ Tax-Friendly Accounts

The U.S. tax code is filled with a mind-boggling array of tax-avoidance tools including tax-friendly accounts, loopholes, and special favors to various constituents. The primary intent of the tax code is to collect money, but the politicians who shape it add in a bunch of cheats and easter eggs that lower the amount of tax they […]

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Not Everybody’s A Spreadsheet Wizard

Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve played the gridded sheet. From Lotus down to Excel, I know all embedded cheats. But I ain’t seen nothing like him, in any corporate suite… That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure types a mean spreadsheet! * Many RBD readers have an obsession with spreadsheets, often creating ridiculous ones at the office […]

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There’s Always Money In The Banana Stand

Arrested Development was an early 2000’s TV comedy loved by its fans. Despite critical acclaim, it failed to gain traction and the show was canceled after three seasons. Years later it was revamped as a Netflix series thanks to the enduring hilarity of the first three seasons and its grassroots fan base. Challenged with cast schedules, the […]

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Don’t Hate the IRS – Follow These 8 Tax Filing Tips

This article was originally published in January 2014. It has been recently updated. The tax filing season starts on January 23rd for 2017. You’ll have until April 18th to complete them (thanks to D.C. Emancipation Day). In preparation for the tax season, it is imperative that you have a strategy to complete your taxes quickly, […]

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Tax Loss Harvesting A Loser – CMI

I spent a lot of money on CDs in the 1990’s. Had I invested every dollar instead, I’d be much closer to reaching my long-term goal. Collecting material objects is rarely a good retirement strategy. The two giant plastic bins of nearly worthless 1980’s era baseball cards in my basement strengthen that statement. But alas, […]

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Sold: Mattel (MAT)

In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, a genre of music called shoegaze emerged from the United Kingdom. Shoegaze, also known as dream pop, combined aspects alternative rock, ambient music, and British pop. The name shoegazing was coined because during live performances, the guitarists would stare down at their pedals creating a ‘wall of sound’, but not […]

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The Tax Season Cometh

This is part one of a two part series on filing your 2013 US Federal tax return. Today’s post focuses on the complexity of the tax code and why you should e-file instead of paper file.  Part two will offer some tips for filing your taxes this year. The IRS  will start accepting tax returns […]

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The Best 529 Plan For My Daughter Is Not As Perfect As She Is

I recently opened a new 529 account for my daughter’s college savings.  After a lot of thought, and without much fanfare, I have decided to use the Virginia 529 inVest Plan, the same plan I use for my son. From my research, it’s the best 529 plan available for our family. I have written an […]

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