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How Much Do You Pay in Taxes?

by Luke Landes

We talk about tax brackets for income taxes ranging from 10 percent to 35 percent, but when all payments to the government are taken into account, we pay significantly more. Research by Laurence J. Kotlikoff and David Rapson in a paper called Does it Pay, at the Margin, to Work and Save [PDF] shows that most people ... Continue reading this article…

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Chicago Fed: Could the Penny Be Worth Five Cents?

by Luke Landes

Here’s a weird application of logic, brought to you by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. It started when the cost of creating the U.S. penny went above one cent. The Mint (and therefore the government) is losing money for each of the millions of one-cent pieces it produces and puts into circulation each year. ... Continue reading this article…

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Get Your Tax Info (1099-INT) From ING Direct

by Luke Landes

If you have a savings account at ING Direct, you should now be able to download the tax form that outlines the amount of interest you received throughout 2006. Here’s how to get it. Log into your account at ingdirect.com by providing your account security information. Click the “Tax Info Available Now!” icon located on ... Continue reading this article…

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New Quicken 2007 Update Available

by Luke Landes

While updating my accounts tonight, I noticed Intuit is offering a new patch to update Quicken 2007 to “Release 3.” Here is what they say is included with the new software. * Taxes. Incorporated 2006 tax rate changes. * Toolbar. Fixed an issue where newly added icons were not being retained on the toolbar. * ... Continue reading this article…

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Planning and Goal Setting Week: The Basics

by Luke Landes

Before I can define my financial goals for 2007, it’s nice to review the basics. What are goals? I think Etta Mae Westbrook, a “family economics” professor, explains it well [pdf]: * Goals state what you want to do or achieve. Goals will give your life direction. Financial goals will help you to determine where ... Continue reading this article…

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Letter From Reader: 2007 Financial Literacy Calendar

by Luke Landes

Hi Flexo, Just a quick note to say thanks for all the blogging. I’m addicted to your site and the information you provide on personal finance. Keep it up! I recommend you to all my friends. Also, I am a CPA in Texas and get emails from the Texas Society of CPAs (go figure). In ... Continue reading this article…

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The Blog Week in Review

by Luke Landes

Here are some articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork (and beyond) that caught my eye over the past week. Free Money Finance explains investment rebalancing. Jim from Blueprint for Financial Prosperity likes rebates. Mighty Bargain Hunter has some tips for Flexible Spending Accounts. Dana from Not Made of Money has a guest post on Five Cent Nickel: ... Continue reading this article…

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What’s in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Investment Accounts?

by Luke Landes

Although I share my investments and my net worth, I am far from being a politician in the spotlight. On the other hand, Nancy Pelosi, the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, is required to disclose her investments. I found her disclosure via Seeking Alpha and pfblogs.org. Pelosi and her husband have a number ... Continue reading this article…

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