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Property Tax Takes the Return Out of Home Ownership

Homeowners all over the Chicagoland area received their annual bad news in the mail this week in the form of their property tax bill. For the past twenty years I’ve lived in Glen Ellyn, a small town with very little help from business sales tax to

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Why Pay More Income Tax Than You Have To?

If you are not a member of Congress, you are not a “lawmaker.”  While you do not make laws, you retain some control over what you do to take advantage of the laws for your own benefit.  For instance: WHY PAY MORE INCOME TAX THAN

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If I Were King…

With elections this year and as we get into the meat of tax season,  it gets me thinking about our financial laws and what I would change if I were King.  If I was in charge (as a King without needing anyone’s approval) these are

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Remember When?

How do you create a “Remember When” experience? With Thanksgiving right around the corner it reminds me how significant great memories are to our lives.  How do you know if or when you’ve created one of those “remember when…..” moments? The formula can be totally

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Do You Really Understand Your Tax Bracket?

Whether you received a bonus from work or are retired and considering taking an IRA distribution, understanding how that extra income impacts your taxes is important.  I just had a client review meeting explaining tax brackets and realized it’s quite possible many people do not

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Why Retirees Would Want Life Insurance

If you have a desire to leave money for your spouse or kids, life insurance is the best asset to leave them.  Notice I said “asset,” not  “investment.” At death, don’t investments morph into just another asset? I think so and I try to convey

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What’s your Tax Freedom Day?

Tax Freedom Day is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year. A vivid, calendar-based illustration of the cost of government, Tax Freedom Day divides all federal, state, and local taxes by