Blog

Guest Bloggers Are Welcome

Add Blog

Some planning could qualify you for this 0% tax rate

By: Steven Leibold, EA Tax Planning Views: 4631 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Steven Leibold, EA

This year, one of the biggest tax changes is the zero tax rate on long-term capital gains and qualified dividends for those who are normally in the 10% or 15% regular income tax brackets. Single taxpayers whose 2008 taxable income falls under $32,551 and marrieds with income under $65,101 meet the requirements.   Steven C. More

Scholarships: The Top 10 Strangest Ways to Pay for College

By: Art Of Saving Education Planning Views: 4583 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Art Of Saving

Scholarships are a great way to pay for college education. The problem is that scholarships are typically merit-based, which means they are usually reserved for students with 4.0 GPAs or star athletes. Thankfully, there are scholarships that rely on other kinds of distinction. Some of these scholarships might be called "non-traditional"; others are downright strange. Well, not anymore. More

Women are better savers, but we should all realize the importance of putting a bit away each month

By: Tax Advisors Personal Finance Views: 4561 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 1

Tax Advisors

that a nation also looks to be battling its way out of recession quite successfully – and that more people may now be aware of the importance of savings. More

Building Dreams, One Home at a Time

By: 1888pressrelease.com Real Estate Views: 4556 | Comments: 1 | Votes: 2

1888pressrelease.com

David Wengerd, Founder and President of Classic Quality Homes, believes a home should be so much more – a safe haven, the epicenter of daily life and a place where memories are made and generations are born. “Buying a home is the most significant purchase most people will ever make,” Wengerd says. had surpassed $200,000. “We love building houses. More

The Making Work Pay Tax Credit

By: Tax Advisors Tax Planning Views: 4547 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Tax Advisors

In 2009 and 2010, the Making Work Pay provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will provide a refundable tax credit of up to $400 for working individuals and up to $800 for married taxpayers filing joint returns. These changes may result in an increase in take-home pay. More

Are First Time Homebuyer Tax Credits a Benefit?

By: Mark Goldman Real Estate Views: 4518 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Mark Goldman

One concern that I had from the inception was that the tax credit could not be used at the time of sale.  This limited the "stimulus" effect. FHA did allow some kind of loan so that the credit could be borrowed (we need to start to shudder when the word “borrow” comes into the conversation.) in advance and used for closing costs. And so on. www.markgoldman.com More

Time to Concede Home “Ownership” Is a Fraud.

By: Mike “Mish” Shedlock Home Loans Views: 4498 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Mike “Mish” Shedlock

Every week someone sends me an idea on how to fix various housing problems. Many want home prices to stop falling and many others want to bail out homeowners because banks were bailed out (as if two wrongs make a right). Others want to stop foreclosures even though the very best thing for most of the people in trouble would be to shed the albatross by walking away. More

Commuter Spending Accounts

By: On My Own Two Feet Personal Finance Views: 4463 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

On My Own Two Feet

Recently a friend emailed me a photo from a gas station. It showed a $100 price tag for filling up the tank on his 2004, fully-paid-for SUV. The message said:  “Holy Cow – I have never seen a bill like this before.” Welcome to the new normal in transportation. So what can you do to help ease the financial pain? Last but not least—let’s talk bottom line. More

Guide to Pre-Development Investing

By: Eric Cox Real Estate Views: 4454 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 1

Eric Cox

Introduction   Southgroup Real Estate Investments was founded in 2001 to cater to the needs of investors and clients seeking creative real estate opportunities. As a result of Southgroup’s singular focus on investors, Southgroup has continually evolved its strategies to deliver strong results for our expanding client-base.   Why Southgroup? More

A Path to Wealth

By: Sharman Financial Planning Views: 4446 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Sharman

Have you ever thought of your path to wealth? Have you thought about your wealth goals and how you plan to obtain them? Do you have a financial vision?This is the time to review and evaluate to see what your goals are, and how you plan to achieve them this year. The first step is being specific about what you want to achieve. A Path to Wealth can be a holistic experience. More