4 Tax Prep Experts and How They Can Help You - Choose Wisely

April 15th might be behind us but then again isn’t it “always around the corner?”

When choosing the right professional to handle your tax preparation, the most important factor is not the talent but the location. Depending on where you are, you definitely want someone who works close by, preferably in the same city as you. It’s merely because city, county, and state lines undeniably matter when making sure you’re not

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Missed Tax Deadline? Here's How to Reduce or Eliminate Penalties.

by Matt Robinson

This year’s tax filing deadline was Monday, April 18, 2011. If you missed the deadline, you may face penalties and a number of other consequences that will only get worse if you do not take your income tax filing seriously. The consequences of not filing taxes vary by situation, but regardless of your unique tax or financial situation, the sooner you rectify your situation with the IRS, the

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Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Then Calculate This Bill’s Tip…

By the time kids leave the 5th grade they should know how to calculate simple percentages, which is one of the most critical mathematical tools we have at our disposal after we become adults.

Well, at least it is for those of us who enjoy eating at fine-dining establishments but aren’t willing to trust our waiter to suggest the appropriate tip for services rendered.

That being said, let’s assume for a moment

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100 Words On: Why Inflation Is Taxation without Representation

Assume you earn 4% interest in a savings account.  Whether you pay a tax of 100% in a non-inflationary environment, or collect that interest tax-free with 4% inflation, the end result is the same.  In other words, inflation is a tax that requires no approval from legislators.  This concept isn’t lost on our government, which is currently mired in over $100 trillion of debt and unfunded obligations.

The bottom

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18 Fast Facts You Didn’t Know About Social Security Numbers

President Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act of 1935 in the Cabinet Room of the White House.

This weekend I was looking through the safe that holds all of my most important documents, like family birth certificates, insurance policies and the secret recipe for mom’s sauce, when I ran across my Social Security card.

Now I’ll wager that, if you poll a room full of people at a triple-keg

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10 Old Wives’ Tales Masquerading As Financial Rules of Thumb

It’s been said that if the palm of your right hand itches, you’ll soon be coming into money.  On the other hand (seriously, no pun intended), it’s also been said that if your left palm itches you’ll soon be paying out money.

Don’t laugh.  There are folks out there who actually believe this stuff.

What is funny though is if you do an internet search, you’ll find there is no consensus at

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10 Key Characteristics of Debt-Free People (of Modest Means)

The other day a friend and I were discussing why some people manage to live their lives in complete control of their finances, while others are constantly trying to get out of debt fast – and usually in hock up to their eyeballs no matter how much money they make.

I’ve preached that financial freedom can be achieved by anybody regardless of their income level more times than I care to

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A Primer on Bankruptcy Options and Potential Tax Liabilities

So, you are struggling financially and are curious about the bankruptcy option. You have heard the rumors about those who have filed and prospered; you’ve heard the tales about those who have filed and failed. Whatever the case may be, you want to learn more.

Bankruptcy is a declared inability to pay off debts. The process is extremely serious and meant to be a last resort, but it often becomes a

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19 Things Your Suburban Millionaire Neighbor Won't Tell You

That’s right.  Although having a million bucks isn’t as impressive as it once was, it’s still nothing to sneeze at.

In fact, CNBC reports that in 2013 there were 13.2 million millionaires in the United States alone.

That’s a lot of people, people.  And the odds are one or two of them are living near you.

Heck, one of them might even be your neighbor. In fact, the odds are very good that it isyour neighbor.

But, Len,

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Should Low-Income Drivers Receive Subsidies to Use Toll Express Lanes?

Every day on my way home from work I zip by tens of thousands of people behind the wheels of cars stuck in hopelessly gridlocked traffic because they didn’t want to pay the toll (usually between $2 and $10, depending on the direction and time of day) for the open express lanes.

For me, the money spent every day for the right to avoid 10 miles of traffic hell is money

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