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Compare Your Adjusted Gross Income to Others by Age and Filing Status [Using 2015 IRS Data]

Note: this post revises a December 12, 2016 article that reported 2014 data from the IRS Statistics of Income (SOI) program. Since then, the IRS has released its 2015 statistics so the time is ripe for an update. Everyone compares themselves to others—it’s basic human nature. But sizing up paychecks isn’t polite conversation. In fact, it’s taboo. […]

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How the Standard Formula for Net Worth Overstates Your Wealth—and How to Fix it

You’ve worked hard. You’ve avoided debt. You’ve saved and invested. Through the years, you’ve regularly updated your net worth using the standard formula: Assets – Liabilities = Net Worth. According to this calculation, you’ve made substantial progress. The stock market’s done well and so have you. But if you’ve only been looking at your net […]

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2018 Obamacare Premium Tax Credit Calculator

In 2018, the federal government will once again offer a Premium Tax Credit (PTC) to qualifying taxpayers who buy health coverage from an approved health insurance exchange. To receive a PTC you must split the uprights between making too little and too much income. If you make too little, you drop out of Obamacare and into Medicaid. […]

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My Early Retiree Tax Plan for 2017

Note: On November 9, 2017, I modified this post to correct an error that caused my 2017 Colorado state taxes to be under reported by $114. Thanks to reader Mark from Minnesota for emailing me about this mistake! As I plan my household’s tax returns for 2017, I’m pursuing four major goals: (1) obtain the […]

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How to Compare Your Income to Others (Without Being Rude) [Using 2016 Census Data]

Note: this post revises an earlier article dated December 5, 2016 that was based on 2015 data published by the US Census Bureau. Since then, the 2016 data has been released so it’s time for an update. Everyone likes to compare themselves to others—it’s basic human nature. But comparing your income to others is not a topic […]

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Breaking News: Worthometer Updated to Include Latest Data from 3 National Surveys!

As you may know, this site’s popular Worthometer (46,000+ views and counting) is the web’s only net worth percentile gauge that incorporates, interpolates, and averages all three major surveys of USA household wealth: (1) the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF); (2) the US Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP); and (3) the University of Michigan’s […]

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Compare Your Employer-Sponsored Retirement Account Contributions to Others (Without Being Rude)

Curious about how your annual retirement deposits compare to other US taxpayers? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Through the magic of governmental data you can see where you rank without making impolite inquiries to friends and coworkers. This post covers employer-sponsored retirement accounts such as 401(k), 403(b), 457(b), 408(p) and Roth 401(k) […]

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How to Compare Your Form W-2 Wages to Others by Age (Without Being Rude)

Everyone likes to compare themselves to others—it’s basic human nature. But sizing up wages doesn’t make for polite conversation. In fact, it’s taboo. Faced with this, some people try to rank themselves indirectly, such as by trying to outspend their neighbors. This can produce great unhappiness (but at least it produces happy retailers). If you could […]

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Compare Your Charitable Giving to Other Contributors by Age and Income [2014 IRS Data]

When it comes to making gifts, US households are generous. The Giving USA Foundation estimates that in 2014 donations by individuals totaled $258.51 billion, which reflects a 7.1 percent jump from the amounts reported in 2013. If you’re one of the kind souls who donate to charity, you might want to see how your household stacks […]

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