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  1. Top 5 Corporate Donors in Energy (XOM, CVX)

    The largest corporate donors from the energy sector in 2015 include companies that substantially increased their giving despite ...
  2. Top 5 Corporate Donors in Banking (WFC, GS)

    Explore the top five corporate donors, measured by cash contributions, in the banking sector in 2015, as tabulated by The ...
  3. 4 Little-Known Ways to Reduce Your Property Taxes

    Here are little known ways you can try to reduce your property tax liability.
  4. Top 5 Corporate Donors in Tech (GOOG, MSFT)

    Pay attention to philanthropic donations from publicly traded tech companies when basing portfolio selections on principles ...
  5. 5 Secrets You Didn't Know About Roth IRAs

    Between its generous tax benefits at retirement and no required minimum distributions, a Roth IRA is well worth considering ...
  6. How Do Apple's Taxes Compare to Other Tech Giants? (AAPL)

    Analyze Apple's recent tax history to determine how geographic sales mix, foreign profit reinvestment and tax credits are ...
  7. Tax Tips For the Individual Investor

    Keep more of your money in your pocket with these seven guidelines.
  8. Tax-Efficient Investing: Keep More Earned Money

    You can improve investment returns by applying year-round strategies to minimize your tax burden. Here are a few tips.
  9. Why Estate Planning Is Easier Than You Think

    When done properly, estate planning ensures that your beneficiaries receive your assets in a way that is controlled by you. ...
  10. Mistakes to Avoid When You Own Life Insurance

    How to avoid some common mistakes that can cause tax and inheritance problems when you own life insurance.
  11. Captive Insurance: A Good Wealth Management Tool?

    Captive insurance companies are legitimate tax structures, but pose risks as tax shelters. Still, they can have financial ...
  12. How Your Tax Rate Is Determined

    Feel like the government always has its hand in your pocket? Learn the theory behind how it decides how much to take.
  13. 9 States Where You'll Pay the Most in Taxes

    Which state you live in can mean thousands of dollars saved or lost in taxes each year. Here's a list of states to avoid ...
  14. 10 Best States to Own a Big House

    On top of the low property taxes and average housing costs, these states all tend to have great natural beauty and land worth ...
  15. 3 Secrets You Didn't Know About Estate Planning

    Three estate planning secrets every advisor and saver needs to know.
  16. How Are Dividends On IRAs Taxed?

    Reinvesting dividends in an IRA is a great way to grow your retirement funds faster, but be sure you understand the potential ...
  17. Six Ways Your Tax Preparer Knows You're Lying

    An experienced tax preparer can sense when a client is lying. Find out what sets off their lie detectors.
  18. Top Reasons to File Separately When Married

    Usually couples file their taxes jointly, not separately. Except for these possible exceptions...
  19. The Ten Commandments of Personal Finance

    Ten Commandments to follow for a secure economic future.
  20. Can Immigration Reform Help the Economy?

    Learn some of the possible effects, both good and bad, of immigration reform on the economy. These include more jobs and ...
  21. 4 Reasons Why Delaware Is Considered a Tax Shelter

    Understand what a tax shelter is and how one is created. Learn why Delaware is considered a tax shelter.
  22. The Tax Speech That Could Elect President Donald J. Trump

    Trump hasn’t disclosed his taxes. He hasn’t even paid them, as best we know. Here’s how he could make political lemonade ...
  23. 17 Types of Income the IRS Can’t Touch

    That's right, 17. Uncle Sam can't get his hands on your money if it's in one of these very specific income categories.
  24. 4 Government-Funded FuelCell Energy Projects (FCEL)

    Discover FuelCell Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: FCEL), an alternative energy provider developing renewable fuel cell power plants ...
  25. Your Estate: The Best Assets to Leave to Family

    When it comes to estate planning, there are three main factors that come into play for distributing assets: liquidity, sentiment ...
  26. Will Vanguard Get Away With Not Paying State Tax?

    Learn about the Vanguard whistleblowing case, why California Assemblyman Mike Gatto wants to absolve Vanguard from tax and ...
  27. 5 Cities That Give You the Best Chance to Get Rich

    If you want to build sustainable wealth, where you choose to hang your hat can have a significant impact on your success. ...
  28. How to Grow Your Business with Donation Strategies

    Advisors who offer clients expertise in how to charitably donate will likely build a stronger practice and capture more business. ...
  29. Is the SEC Trying to Prevent the Next Crash?

    Find out why the Securities and Exchange Commission wants to crack down on accounting practices, but why it might be better ...
  30. State Bankruptcy: Will Connecticut Be Next?

    Discover why Connecticut is one of the few states most at risk of default, while considering the fiscal decisions that led ...
  31. How the Underground Economy Affects GDP

    Find out how the underground, or shadow, economy affects the accuracy of the calculation of a country's gross domestic product ...
  32. ETFs and Taxes: What Investors Need to Know

    It's true that ETFs can offer tax efficiency, but that's not always the case. Here's what investors need to watch out for.
  33. ETFs and Taxes: What Investors Need to Know

    It's true that ETFs can offer tax efficiency, but that's not always the case. Here's what investors need to watch out for.
  34. What Disney Can Teach Us About Tax Fairness

    Disney's tax questions are anything but Goofy: It pays much higher taxes than many multinationals, illuminating the unlevel ...
  35. 4 Cases When Low Home Prices Should Deter Buyers

    Identify several situations in which low home prices should deter buyers, including insufficient city services and supply ...
  36. New Evidence Trump Didn't Pay Taxes

    If the presumptive GOP nominee keeps hiding his returns, Congress could force him to show his hand with a one-line amendment ...
  37. 5 ETFs Flaws You Shouldn't Overlook

    Despite their popularity, exchange traded funds have some drawbacks that investors should know about.
  38. Save $1,000/Mo. in Your 401(k) for Less

    Did you know that saving $1,000 per month in your 401(k) will actually cost you only $700? Here's how it works.
  39. The 5 Best Muni Bond Funds

    These five funds are some of the best bets for muni bonds for those seeking diversification and tax benefits.
  40. Who's Getting Richer? Hardly Anyone

    Federal 'economic gains' mask the truth: Most Americans are doing worse, with average incomes in 2014 smaller than in 20 ...
  41. The Top 4 Walmart Shareholders (WMT)

    Discover how the four largest direct shareholders in Wal-Mart, Inc. are all children of Sam Walton and how smart tax planning ...
  42. Understanding Mortgage Impound Accounts

    Home buyers with low down payments may get stuck with higher mortgage payments. Find out what you get for the extra money. ...
  43. Municipal Bonds Offer Something More for Everyone

    Are municipal bonds really for me? The popular perception is that tax-exempt income only benefits those investors in the ...
  44. Top 10 Cities to Invest in Rental Properties

    With home ownership out of reach, many Millennials are opting to rent single-family homes, which has created an opportunity ...
  45. 8 Ways a Private Family Foundation Could Spark IRS Interest

    IRS rules are extremely complex and can prohibit acts that seem – or even are – totally fair and even commonsensical. Here's ...
  46. Donald Trump’s Real Estate Math Tricks

    Is Trump’s Westchester County golf course worth more than $50 million – or just $1.4 million? That depends. Who pays for ...
  47. How to Use Client Tax Forms to Gain More Business

    Financial planners can learn a great deal about their clients by looking at their tax returns. Here's specifically where ...
  48. These States May Face Junk Muni Bond Defaults

    Puerto Rico may not be the only issuing authority to default on its bonds. Several states are also in trouble--some due to ...
  49. Why It's So Important to Update Your Estate Plan

    As rules and exemptions tied to the estate tax change, so should your estate plan. Here's why updating it is so important.
  50. Buffett's Moat: How Sustainable is Tesla's Competitive Advantage? (TSLA)

    Discover the factors of success for Tesla and how its first mover strategy has led to its success as a pioneer in the electronic ...
  51. Investing Opportunities to Consider Before the Second Half

    Markets today are characterized by low returns and lots of “me-too” trades, but it’s important to remember low return doesn’t ...
  52. Puerto Rico Bonds: What Investors Should Know

    The real impact of Puerto Rico’s debt crisis has yet to be felt by investors, but it's coming soon.
  53. Will the Backdoor Roth IRA be Eliminated?

    The President’s 2017 budget has proposed several changes to the rules regarding retirement accounts with those for Roth IRAs ...
  54. Retirees: Beware of These 6 IRS Red Flags

    Tax audits are stressful and can result in expensive fines. Here are six things to know about when it comes to sidestepping ...
  55. Is a Universal Basic Income Practical?

    Should the government be responsible for giving every citizen a fixed amount of money?
  56. Assessing the Value of the Roth IRA Conversion

    Learn how the interplay among an intricate web of factors in a Roth IRA determines the strategy’s potential value.
  57. Tax Deductions on Mortgage Interest

    If you're a homeowner, this is one item you want to understand and use on your return.
  58. Top 10 Home Business Tax Tips

    If you work for yourself, make sure you are getting the most for your tax dollars.
  59. 4 Reasons Small Businesses Fail to Grow

    Owning a small business can be financially rewarding, but there are certain obstacles that may make building sustainable ...
  60. Ireland Economics: 3 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Discover how recent political changes in Ireland could compromise years of balance sheet improvements and economic growth, ...
  61. Estate Planning: 16 Things Prince (and You) Should Have Done

    The must-do list Prince and his advisors should have completed to avoid leaving his family without a will and an estate plan.
  62. How Did Puerto Rico End Up With So Much Debt ?

    Learn how heavy bond issuance, economic decline, oppressive social spending and a declining population combined to bring ...
  63. Married Gays Are Surprised to See Bigger Tax Bills

    Gay married couples can now file joint federal and state returns, but they should know how the marriage penalty in the tax ...
  64. The Top 5 Countries for Dividend Investing (WBK, BBL)

    Read about the five best foreign countries for American dividend investors, based on a ranking of their average after-tax ...
  65. When a 401(k) Hardship Withdrawal Makes Sense

    If you've exhausted all other avenues, there are ways to withdraw funds before age 59½ – sometimes without the 10% penalty ...
  66. Here's the Best Way to Skirt Capital Gains Taxes

    Taxpayers who know the rules for netting gains/losses can generate additional losses to net against the taxable gains in ...
  67. What All the Candidates’ Tax Plans Are Missing

    The presidential candidates have starkly different tax-reform proposals – but none of them gets to the real problem of America's ...
  68. 3 Ways Tax Haven Governments Make Money

    If the governments of tax haven countries impose little, or no, income taxes, how exactly do these nations generate revenue?
  69. Assets the Ultra-Rich Use to Reduce (or Avoid) Taxes

    Paintings, oil wells and yachts can get great tax write-offs for their wealthy owners. All it takes is some smart gaming ...
  70. How Are Collectibles Taxed?

    If you plan to sell collectibles, it's imperative that you know the tax implications.
  71. Panama Papers: What Advisors Need to Know

    Here is how clients may be impacted by some of the issues brought to light by the Panama Papers.
  72. Can't Pay Your Taxes? What to Do Now

    Not enough cash on hand for your April tax bill? No need to panic. Here's what to do.
  73. OK, So I'll Be Smarter Next Tax Time

    5 tax resolutions to start on right now for a smoother tax return next April 18. Yes, it's the same date in 2017.
  74. Missed the Tax Return Deadline? Here's What to Do

    Most important: Do it now.
  75. Performance Review - U.S. Fixed Income in 2015

    Review the performance of the U.S. fixed-income securities in 2015, from the relatively strong U.S. municipal bond market ...
  76. Should University Endowments Be Taxed?

    Some politicians are calling for universities to pay taxes on their massive endowments. Should they?
  77. Where You Get the Most/Least for Your State Taxes

    Are you deriving the greatest benefits from your tax dollars? A recent survey from WalletHub may indicate otherwise.
  78. What to Know Before Moving to a Lower-Tax State

    Moving to a state with different tax rules can be very tempting. Here are some things you should consider before moving for ...
  79. 3 Federal Income Tax Facts You Didn't Know

    Learn about three federal income tax facts that most Americans may not know from one of the most trusted financial resources ...
  80. Tax Credits That Can Get You a Refund

    Here are a few of the credits that may result in a refund check, even if you owe no taxes this year.
  81. One Market Where Oil Doesn’t Really Matter Much

    If you are getting worried that your portfolio will be affected by the recent slide in oil and energy prices, keep reading. ...
  82. You'd Be Rich If You Were Taxed Like a Multinational

    Oh, the money you'd save. Something to think about as you fill out your own taxes, which aren't getting a tax holiday from ...
  83. The 6 Most Liquid Muni Bond ETFs (MUB,SHM,TFI,ITM)

    Looking for safety in an uncertain world? Consider these liquid muni bond ETFs.
  84. How to Avoid the 6 Most Common Tax Audit Triggers

    These are the most common scenarios that can trigger the IRS to audit a tax return.
  85. Tax-Season Home Stretch: Last-Minute Deductions

    April 18th is almost here, but it's still not too late to find some last-minute deductions. Act now!
  86. Owe Taxes? You Could Lose Your Passport

    A rule slipped into a transportation bill allows the U.S. government to revoke your passport if your tax debt exceeds $5 ...
  87. 3 Bonds that Are Top Bets for Retirement in 2016

    Learn about three bonds that are top choices for retirement in 2016, offering investors increasing yields and lessen market ...
  88. Panama Papers Tip of the Iceberg as Congress Aids Tax Cheats & Terrorists

    Never mind the Panama Papers. America has its own ‘State Thieves, Embezzlers And Liars (STEAL) Protection Acts’ that can ...
  89. All You Need to Know About Tax Havens

    These tax-free zones might sound appealing, but the consequences often aren't.
  90. When Home is Where You Want Your Money to Be

    There are plenty of issues taxing investors today, and many of them reside beyond U.S. borders.
  91. The Top 10 European Tax Havens

    While the popular stereotype of a tax haven is a Caribbean island, these countries in Europe serve as attractive places for ...
  92. Tax Haven Vs. Tax Shelters: Is There a Difference?

    Learn about the difference between tax havens and tax shelters, and how both are used to reduce tax liability or avoid paying ...
  93. The Deadline for Catch-Up Contributions: April 18

    Those who want to maximize their retirement plan contributions can still make a prior-year contribution for 2015. Don't miss ...
  94. This Explains $0 Federal Income Tax for Millions

    Understand how the earned income tax credit works and whether it applies to you.
  95. Where to Find Decent Income Without Indecent Risk

    If you're struggling to derive decent income without indecent risk from your investments, you need to look at these charts. ...
  96. America's Missing $15 Billion in Corporate Taxes

    The “Starve the IRS” strategy cuts the supply of corporate auditors. Result: Big-money tax cheats go free and ordinary taxpayers ...
  97. Simple Last-Minute Tax Tips

    A little preparation and organization can take the stress out of last-minute tax filing.
  98. Get a 6-Month Tax Extension

    Discover how to get some extra time from the IRS, without paying a hefty penalty for the privilege.
  99. 3 Tax Things to Consider for Your Investment Portfolio

    If you are getting frenetic with the tax season and haven't seen the connection between taxes and investments, here are three ...
  100. Tax Breaks for People Over 50

    If you’re over 50 you have some tax advantages that your younger counterparts do not. Don’t submit your taxes without first ...
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