Should I pay off my mortgage or invest?

Professionals with high incomes are often faced with difficult financial choices. One of the most common and difficult choices is whether to focus on paying off a mortgage. Doing so can remove one of the largest financial burdens most individuals face. Alternatively, investing in your future may seem a better idea than focusing on your …

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Incorporation Is Not for Everyone

If you’re not good at paperwork, the corporate form of business is probably not for you. Let me tell you about a tax court case involving William H. Bruecher III. He learned a lesson by paying more than $27,000 in taxes on monies his corporation supposedly loaned to him. Mr. Bruecher’s corporation did not pay …

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When do I file MFS versus MFJ?

Your marriage status has a large impact on your taxes. But even when you’re married, you still have a serious tax choice to make. While taxes aren’t the most romantic topic to discuss with your partner, you’ll want to have the talk. So, cuddle up in bed, get a glass of wine, grab your tablet, …

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Proven Tax Reduction Strategies for Sole Proprietors

If you operate your business as a sole proprietorship, there are many strategies to reduce your taxes. Let’s start with the following 10: Use the Section 105 plan to make your health insurance a tax-favored business deduction on your Schedule C. Employ your under-age-18 child to make taxable income disappear. Employ your spouse without paying …

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How to make taxes less daunting

Why is tax season so daunting? Well, we all fear the unknown. And for many business owners and medical professionals, April is the month of the unknown. How much money will I owe? How much money will I have left? What are the consequences of that financial decision I made earlier in the year? Many …

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Step-by-step tutorial of the Mega Backdoor Roth through Fidelity Investments

I am always looking for ways to put more money into my retirement. Chris and I currently have 10 (yes ten!) retirement accounts with a mixture of pre-tax and post-tax accounts. Each account has its own unique set of rules, contribution amounts, and investment strategies. For example, Chris, at his neurosurgical practice, has a 401k …

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