Tax Filing Magic: Six Simple Money Saving Steps

Personal Finance

It’s tax time again, and you’re scrambling for deductions. Yeah, you’re a little slow on the uptake, and you really should have done a lot of tax planning earlier in the year. But, it is what it is. The best thing you can do now is start planning for next year. The second-best thing you […]

What to do if you Forget to Sign your Tax Return


This is so a mistake that I would make!  With tax deadlines coming up, there will probably be thousands of Americans who forget to sign their tax documents.  Although the majority of people e-file these days, there is still a significant chunk who still file through good ole fashioned paper. So what happens if you […]

2012 Tax Tips: 4 Tips to for a Fast Refund


It’s that time of year again.  The tax season is well on its way it’s not slowing down for anyone.  While most Americans wait till the last minute to file their taxes, we hope that you don’t follow suit.  If you’re getting a refund or you have a child in college, you’ll want to file […]

5 Money Myths About Housing And Taxes That Can Cost You Big!


Many of us grow up hearing various sayings about money. Some of them are passed down as wise quotes, while others may be pieces of advice given to us by by someone trying to help us out. A small number of these things turn out to be good, sound advice; however, the majority of them […]

These 5 Commonly-Missed Tax Deductions Could Be Costing You Money


Almost everyone complains about paying taxes, wouldn’t you agree?. In fact, many people go to great (sometimes) illegal lengths to avoid paying them. However, the IRS estimates that millions of taxpayers fail to claim these overlooked tax deductions, thereby overpaying their taxes each year! Here is a list of a few of the more common tax […]

How To Organize Yourself For Tax Preparation


Ever since I became a tax preparer, I’ve noticed how little people actually pay attention to their finances…especially their taxes! Most people simply throw their receipts into a shoebox, grab a bunch of unopened envelopes (which they believe contains their various tax documents) from employers, banks, and mortgage companies, and dump all of this paperwork on […]

This Week in Personal Finance – Camping in October Edition


Over the weekend my wife and I took the kids camping with some friends. Including kids, we had somewhere around 34 people together in six campsites. Camping in October here in the Chicagoland area is a risky proposition, but, as it turns out, we picked a pretty good weekend to go! The weather was absolutely perfect – 80 […]

This Week in Personal Finance – April 16, 2010


Another week in the books!  Every time I write one of these posts I just can’t but think how fast the time flies! It seems like yesterday I was writing last week’s round up post! Anyways, it’s been a gorgeous week with the weather in my neck of the woods!  Upper 70’s, low 80’s is […]

This Week in Personal Finance – April 9, 2010

Personal Finance

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around the R2 household and office!  There seems to be just a lot of stuff going on. I’m really looking forward to some rest this weekend! But, it’s another week in the books and it’s time for a quick tour. This Week in Personal Finance takes a look at interesting […]

Are You Making These 5 Tax-Filing Mistakes?

Personal Finance

Ahh, tax time!  The time in America where everyone gets a little edgy, a little nervous and a little anxious as we patiently await our peril (owing more to Uncle Sam) or our “profit” (a big refund). Accountants are settled in to their cubby holes, people are scrambling to gather all their documents and Uncle […]

Are You Holding a Retirement Time Bomb?


401ks have been around for years and have been an ever increasingly popular way to save money for retirement. More and more businesses run some type of deferred contribution plan and they are a great way to attract and retain key employees. 401ks are great from an employee standpoint because they are relatively quick to […]

Weekend Edition – Jesus, Zacchaeus & Money

True Wealth

“Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he…” Those of you who grew up going to Sunday School will remember the cute little children’s song about Zacchaeus – the short little rich dude in the Bible who climbed a tree to see Jesus. What the song doesn’t tell us is […]