15-Year vs 30-Year Mortgage: Which is Better? (John & Jane Jones Pt. 4 of 9)

“I am so glad you two were willing to come back so soon after our third meeting,” I greeted John and Jane as they came into the office.  “There are a number of things I want to discuss with you, but before I do, do you have any questions?” “As a matter of fact, we do have something we wanted to talk to you about.  Since our meeting last week, Jane and I have decided we need to discuss more of our financial decisions with you,”  John said.  “We should

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The Whole Truth About Qualified Plan Contributions (John & Jane Jones Pt. 3 of 9)

Mark Twain reportedly said that he tried to not let his schooling get in the way of his education.  I think he was describing a paradox similar to what most advisors know as the “arrival syndrome.”  Said in yet another way, your education should be an ongoing process.  Such is the case with your clients.  We recommend that you schedule regular discussions to help your clients understand the whole truth about money.  And, of course, we are totally biased in thinking the best way to help your clients, is by

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The Myth of Zero Percent Financing for Cars (John & Jane Jones Pt. 2 of 9)

Both Jane and John Jones were smiling as they walked into my office for the second meeting with them.  The first meeting had gone well and I was excited to meet with them. After a few minutes of catching up and pleasantries, I asked John, “If you were talking to a good friend and they asked what our office was doing for you, what would you tell them?” John was contemplative for a moment and then started to speak. “Well the first thing I would tell them is that you

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How $155 in Credit Card Debt Becomes $38,850 In Payments! (John & Jane Jones Pt. 1 of 9)

In the movie Mr. Mom, Jack (Michael Keaton) is fired from his job as an automobile engineer.  Jack’s wife, Caroline (Teri Garr) lands a job before he can, so Jack takes on what he believes is the easy job of homemaker and caretaker. The movie has many humorous scenes. One particular scene Caroline’s boss comes to pick her up for a business trip.  Jack does not want to come across as some helpless person so quickly gets in work clothes and comes into the house carrying a chainsaw.  He asks

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How do you include the state income tax for capital gains tax?

Increase your capital gains rate box by the state income tax rate. Increase your state income tax rate is 7% and your clients’ federal capital gains tax rate is 15%, then you’ll put 22% in your capital gains rate box. Please note: there is not a federal capital gains tax deduction for the state income tax paid as there is for federal income tax.  See the calculation below: This first part the software handles automatically. INCOME TAX [ezcol_1half]Federal Income Tax Rate  Federal Capital Gains Tax Rate State Income Tax Rate [/ezcol_1half]15%  15%  7% [ezcol_1half_end][/ezcol_1half_end]

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