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Money Mistakes to Avoid, part 1
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The Sharing Economy and Taxes
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3 Reasons To Consider Hiring a Tax Professional
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Moving from “tax” prep to “life” prep
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Five Easy Pieces of Investment Advice

Money Mistakes to Avoid, part 1

Business Insider published “8 money mistakes the middle class keeps making” to focus on one economic group but these mistakes can be made by anyone no matter how much money they have. It is likely that the focus is on the middle class because the wealthy have enough and those who are impoverished have just enough to get by. Actually, anyone can find themselves gaining or losing wealth due to unexpected circumstances but if you follow sound financial planning principles, you can protect yourself from sudden losses.

Overall, we get messages from our culture about seizing the day. …

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The Sharing Economy and Taxes

If you rent out a room to others using airbnb or a similar site, if you drive your car for Uber (or an alternative), or if you otherwise take part in the sharing economy, the money you earn may be taxable. (Psst: Even if you get paid in cash without any record of the transaction, you still may be liable for income tax on the earnings.) This is true whether this is a one-time thing or if you treat it like a side-gig. Plus, if you don’t earn cash but rather get something else of value in exchange (such as …

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3 Reasons To Consider Hiring a Tax Professional

For a lot of military households, tax preparation is simple, straightforward, and free.  Every year, just collect the paperwork and head down to the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) office, and the staff can help you do your taxes.  Or, if you’d rather do it on your own, you can either use a software provider such as TurboTax, or go to the IRS FreeFile website.  The IRS also has a link to find free state filing options, based upon certain eligibility criteria.

However, you often get what you pay for.  Over the course of your military career, you …

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Moving from “tax” prep to “life” prep

At this time of year, everyone becomes a master at document gathering.  There is a shoe box or a filing system or a folder on your laptop to hold all the tax-related documents which are needed to complete your income tax returns.  It requires a diligent attitude to ensure nothing has been neglected or omitted which is important to the outcome of the bottom line.  Once the taxes have been submitted for the year, there is always a sigh of relief in getting to completion.

Before you pack everything up and put it away for another year, take a step …

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Five Easy Pieces of Investment Advice

by Eve Kaplan, CFP(R) Professional

Here are Five Easy Pieces of Investment Advice that can s-t-r-e-t-c-h your investment dollars. The first 3 “Pieces of Advice” are connected. It’s a good practice to verify if your broker or advisor is following these tips or not (I’m always amazed to see how many money managers disregard these commonsense ideas and cost their clients more money):

  1. Location, Location, Location

Different types of investments fit better in taxable accounts (funded with after-tax money) vs.  tax-deferred accounts (e.g. IRAs, 401ks) vs. accounts that never will be taxed (Roth IRAs or Roth 401ks). While one investor …

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