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Post-FIRE Taxes: How We’ve Saved $165,000 Since the Start of Obamacare

Under the tax code, those who FIRE are strange creatures. At surprisingly young ages, they attain high net worths. And because they retire early, which is also unexpected, they tend to report low taxable incomes. This unusual combination of High Net Worth and Low Taxable Income (HNW-LTI) seems to have won the taxman’s favor—or at least […]

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The 10 Biggest FIRE Events of 2018, Ranked

In 2018, the Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) movement seemingly came of age. As we enter 2019, let’s take stock of the past year’s highlights. 10. Accountants and Advisors Seek FIRE-Based Revenues You know a financial trend is significant when it lights up the eyes of finance professionals with huge dollar signs. Consider these articles. […]

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How to Slash Your Trash Bill

If you’ve cut the cord with the cable company, maybe it’s time to can the container with your trash service. Consider signing up for a pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) program, which in some places is also known as Unit-Based Pricing, Variable Rate Pricing, User Pay, or SMART (Save Money and Reduce Trash). Most consumers pay for trash […]

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Worthometer Canada: Compare Your Net Worth to Other Households [2016 Final Data]

The largest recurring study of Canadian net worth, the Survey of Financial Security (SFS), is conducted by Statistics Canada, an agency of the federal government. The SFS for 2016 involved interviews of 21,000+ households about a wide range of financial matters, including their net worths. If you live in Canada, the SFS presents the best […]

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Work or Attend College? Before Deciding, Compare the Lifetime Returns on 4 Years of Tuition vs. 4 Years of Roth Deposits

Each year, graduating high school seniors and their parents face a momentous decision: should the young person attend college or go to work instead? Often, this decision hinges on financial forecasts—especially the expectation that college graduates usually earn higher lifetime incomes than less-educated workers. Enticed by the prospect of larger salaries, students and parents shell […]

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2019 Obamacare Premium Tax Credit Calculator

In 2019, 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 2018

As I plan my household’s tax returns for 2018, I’m pursuing four major goals: (1) secure the highest available Premium Tax Credit (PTC) under Obamacare; (2) avoid eligibility for Medicaid; (3) maximize my Roth conversions; and (4) limit my exposure to federal and state income taxes. This post shares my basic approach and seeks your […]

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Compare Your Adjusted Gross Income to Others by Age and Filing Status [Using 2016 IRS Data]

Note: this post revises a December 4, 2017 article that reported 2015 data from the IRS Statistics of Income (SOI) program. Since then, the IRS has released its 2016 numbers so it’s time 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. Faced […]

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