It’s been a fun ride so far… we’ve seen a large swathe of the world, birthed a baby, and experienced 5 or 6 minutes of fame.
But how effective have these 4 years been in terms of implementing our tax minimization strategies? Are Roth IRA Conversions and Capital Gain Harvesting just fantasies we keep while working, or do they actually produce results in the real world?
Let’s do a financial check-up and see how we are doing.
It is that time of year again. Time to pay the tax man. At least for most people.
For the past two years we have shared our tax returns (2013, 2014), showing investment income of nearly $100,000 and a Federal Income Tax bill of $0.
This year is a little different because we violated Principle #1, Choose Leisure Over Labor, and this little blog accidentally earned a few bucks. Apparently I’m a business owner now. While that opens up all kinds of interesting tax opportunities, which I certainly capitalized on, having earned income changes the game a bit.
“What?! The IRS can take nearly 50% of my Retirement Fund in taxes?! How am I supposed to live on only half of my savings? With taxes like this, how can I ever retire, let alone early?”
There is a dangerous nuance in the US Tax Code code that is going to sink and destroy your retirement! There is nothing you can do when the Tax Torpedo strikes, taking nearly half of your income with it!