Measure Twice, Cut Once

There’s an old adage in the construction world: measure twice, cut once. Otherwise, pipe connections leak, electrical connections fail and houses fall. Now, I don’t consider myself a handy man by any stretch of the imagination but I do know my way around some common power tools. And although Jill would rather have me “outsource” […]

Watching The Tax Proposal Duel Unfold

When Susan Roman and I sit down with folks to help them design their retirement system, we usually discuss whether it makes sense to use investment vehicles that result in growth or income on which taxes are paid currently, or whether we kick the can down the street and pay taxes later. A question we […]

Roth IRAs—Is Your Income Really Too High?

I had a nice couple—let’s call them John and Sarah, both in their early 40s—come in to my office to discuss how to develop a sound retirement system. Sarah is self-employed and owns a small business here in town, while John is employed by a mortgage company in Taunton. They have two kids: Tommy who […]

The Journey Of Your Tax Refund

Once again, we find ourselves approaching tax time. That time when we are either excited to get back some of our hard-earned money, or disappointed to see that we owe even more than we’ve already paid. As we do our taxes, most of us have our eye on that one number, either the amount we […]

Watch Out For The Gift Of The MAGI

A couple of weeks back, Jack came to see me. Jack is married to Sandy, and they have three grown children. Jack is a pretty smart guy. He retired as the director of financial planning at a large aerospace manufacturing company, having earned and saved quite a bit.   After retiring, Jack was asked to […]

Digging Deeper Into Your IRA

Many reading this article may think IRAs are relatively straightforward, the tax laws surrounding them are black and white, and the rules are clear. But sometimes things are not as straightforward as they seem at first glimpse.   Although the basic IRA guidelines appear to be simple, in order to take advantage of all that […]