My Early Retiree Tax Plan for 2017

Note: On February 19, 2018, I modified this post to correct an error that caused me to overstate my 2017 Colorado income taxes. As discussed below, my state taxes for tax year 2017 will be zero. As I plan my household’s tax returns for 2017, I’m pursuing four major goals: (1) obtain the highest available […]

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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]

Note: I update this post whenever the IRS releases new statistics. To see how your giving ranks under the latest available data, click here. 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 […]

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Update: Adjusted Gross Income Ranking Calculators

Last week I reworked several posts that let you compare your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) to IRS data. Although these posts have garnered more than 13,000 reader views, they’re a tad clunky because they present AGI percentiles in five lengthy charts. Using Javascript, I’ve modernized the presentation by adding interactive calculators (but the charts are still there if […]

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