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  1. Who or what is backing municipal bonds?

    Learn about the basics of municipal bonds, including the various revenue sources that are utilized to back or secure municipal ...
  2. What tax breaks are afforded to a qualifying widow?

    Understand the special qualifying widow/widower status, the requirements for this filing status and the special tax benefits ...
  3. How stable are municipal bonds?

    Read about the safety and stability of the municipal bond market, and learn how that stability has been undermined since ...
  4. 401(k) vs. Picking Stocks: What's Best?

    The pros and cons of two different ways to invest your retirement savings
  5. Understanding Excise Taxes

    An excise tax is an indirect levy charged for the sale or use of a particular item.
  6. How do the returns on municipal bonds compare to those of other bonds?

    Learn how tax-free municipal bonds may provide better returns than other types of bonds, and understand the risks of municipal ...
  7. What do cities do with the funds generated from municipal bonds?

    Learn more about municipal bonds, including the various types of bonds issued and the purposes of municipal bond funds, such ...
  8. Vanguard's Robo-Advisor: Tailored to Boomers

    Consumers likely will benefit from Vanguard’s entrance into the rapidly expanding robo-advisory market as competition intensifies. ...
  9. What are the benefits of prorating expenses?

    Understand what prorating expenses means for sole proprietors and entrepreneurs. Learn about the benefits of prorating expenses ...
  10. How is income taxed on prorated salary?

    Understand the various tax brackets the IRS uses to calculate federal income tax. Learn how income tax is calculated on a ...
  11. Best Ways to Roll Over Your 401(k)

    When you leave a job, you have some decisions to make about what to do with your 401(k). Here are some choices.
  12. How can I tell which of my business expenses count as write-offs?

    Learn the basic concept behind what business expenses can be written off, along with specific examples of some basic and ...
  13. What is the difference between a write-off and a deduction?

    Understand the differences between a tax write-off and a tax deduction. Learn how each one works to reduce income taxes and ...
  14. Understanding the W-2 Form

    The W-2 Form is a standard Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form that employers are required to furnish employees at the end ...
  15. 5 Signs It's Time to Hire an Estate Manager

    If managing multiple properties (or just one large estate) is taking up too much of your time, you can hire your way back ...
  16. Understanding Net Operating Loss

    Net operating loss is a term from the Internal Revenue Code that refers to a tax situation where tax deductions exceed income.
  17. What is the difference between taxable income and gross income?

    Understand the basic differences between the terms gross income and taxable income, and what is included in the total of ...
  18. How do gains from my 401(k) figure into my taxable income?

    Understand what a 401(k) is and how it's used to help employees save for retirement. Learn how gains from a 401(k) figure ...
  19. 10 Questions to Ask Your Estate Planning Attorney

    If you want what's best for your spouse and/or children, it's imperative that you ask an estate planning attorney the following ...
  20. What is the difference between a revocable trust and an irrevocable trust?

    Find out more about irrevocable trusts, revocable trusts and the main differences between them.
  21. 6 Reasons to Use a Household Help Agency

    It's not just because they find you well-qualified workers. Agencies spare you the paperwork and taxes required when you ...
  22. 8 Things To Know Before Hiring Household Help

    Here's how to avoid the legal, tax and trust issues that can trap you when you become an employer.
  23. What is the difference between a write-off and a writedown?

    Learn about the difference between a write-off and a write-down, two accounting terms designed to show a reduction in the ...
  24. Where on my 1040 form do I report AGI (adjusted gross income)?

    Learn more about IRS Form 1040 and your adjusted gross income, or AGI, which is the figure the IRS uses to figure your total ...
  25. A Quick Guide to High-Net-Worth Estate Planning

    A quick estate planning guide for high-net-worth individuals to help minimize taxes and costs, protect assets and plan for ...
  26. What is the difference between AGI (adjusted gross income) and net income?

    Learn about the differences between adjusted gross income, or AGI, and net income, two terms that are sometimes synonymous ...
  27. What are the deductions taken to determine AGI (adjusted gross income)?

    Read more about the deductions taken to arrive at adjusted gross income, or AGI, including the differences between above ...
  28. I Maxed Out My 401(k)! Now What?

    Fear not: There are smart ways to ensure that your retirement nest egg keeps growing.
  29. How can I obtain an abatement for property taxes?

    Find out how to obtain a property tax abatement, why abatements are issued, and the role of a county or city assessor's department ...
  30. What is the difference between disposable and discretionary income?

    See how disposable income and discretionary income are different, with an example to demonstrate why discretionary income ...
  31. How will a value added tax impact the government budget?

    Learn about the potential budgetary impacts of a value-added tax system in the United States, and how the VAT might harm ...
  32. What is a Resident Alien?

    A resident alien is a foreigner who is a permanent resident of the country in which he or she resides but does not have citizenship. ...
  33. Have Household Help? Don't Get In Tax Trouble

    Hiring household workers can be a complicated process. Know what the government requires so you can prevent penalties and ...
  34. Estate Planning for a Surviving Spouse

    Estate planning for surviving spouses can be difficult for a number of reasons, so it's important to have good support and ...
  35. Gay Marriage Ruling: Its Impact on Estate Planning

    Same-sex couples now face the same legal and financial issues as heterosexual couples; some may need to adopt simpler, more ...
  36. 3 Secrets You Didn't Know About Estate Planning

    Every advisor and saver needs to know these three estate planning secrets.
  37. What Greece Can Learn From Argentina’s Mistakes

    Contingent on fiscal reform, Greece can learn from Argentina in determining the terms of restructuring its debt.
  38. Can I get a tax credit from conducting research and development?

    Understand if a company can receive a tax credit from conducting research and development. Learn about the alternative simplified ...
  39. How to Best Navigate Taxes in Retirement

    Here's a rundown on tax strategies that can help extend the life of a nest egg.
  40. What are some tactics businesses can use to increase unlevered free cash flow?

    Learn about ways firms increase their unlevered free cash flow through inventory management, capital expenditures, increased ...
  41. What is the government's role and what is the private sector's role in neoliberalism?

    Learn about neoliberalism and the roles of different sectors in this economic theory. How should governments maximize economic ...
  42. What tax implications are there for parties involved with a reverse repurchase agreement?

    Learn about the tax consequences that the buyer can face as a result of a reverse repurchase agreement ("reverse repo") with ...
  43. How are benefits from a provident fund taxed?

    Find out how benefits are taxed under the various provident funds around the world, including the Indian Provident Fund and ...
  44. What is an Ad Valorem Tax?

    An ad valorem tax is a levy placed on real or personal property based on the assessed value of that property.
  45. 10 Little Known Ways To Reduce Your 401(k) Taxes

    These clever strategies will help you hold onto your money – so you'll have more available for your retirement.
  46. Corporate Inversion: How It Works

    Large corporations are making all kinds of moves to decrease expenses and increase profits in an increasingly competitive ...
  47. How is maintenance of standard of living for survivors accomplished in estate planning?

    Understand what elements of an estate plan can assist in creating certainty for survivors that allows them to maintain their ...
  48. What are the tax implications for both the company and investors in a divestiture ...

    Learn the tax implications for a company and its investors in divestiture events, such as spinoffs, equity carve-outs, and ...
  49. Does it Make Sense to Have an MLP in an IRA?

    Here's why MLPs should — and shouldn't — be considered for an IRA.
  50. How does a qualifying widow obtain widow's allowance?

    Discover how a widow becomes eligible to claim a qualifying widow federal tax filing status and how she can obtain a widow's ...
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