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Relief for Taxpayers Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Individuals and businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey have been granted tax relief by the IRS.  The following counties are eligible: Aransas Bee Brazoria Calhoun Chambers Fort Bend Galveston Goliad Harris Jackson Kleberg Liberty Matagorda Nueces Refugio San Patricio Victoria Wharton EXTENSIONS:  Individuals and businesses with valid extensions (due to expire 10/16/17 and 9/15/17 respectively) will [...]

End of the Stretch IRA?

The powerful tax-deferral tool is likely nearing its end. WHAT IS STRETCHING: Sustaining and maximizing the tax-deferred status of an IRA when the beneficiary is a non-spouse such as a child. WHO LIKES IT: Beneficiaries who accrue years of compounded, tax-deferred growth while minimizing the Present Value of the liability (i.e. $1 in the future [...]

Interest Rates on Federal Student Loans Heading Higher

Interest rates on new federal student loans change each year based upon results of the May 10-year Treasury auction.  The 2017 auction closed last week.  Although the Department of Education has yet to officially announce the new rates expectations are: The rate on federal Stafford Loans for undergraduates will likely rise from 3.76% to 4.45%. [...]

One Chart – 120 Years of the Dow Jones Industrial Average

As one of the oldest and best-known indexes the DJIA is not only a benchmark for the world’s largest stock market but, also, a barometer of global confidence.  This chart details the DJIA’s performance since 1896.     It’s interesting to note how the highs and lows have reflected the U.S. economy. Greater still is [...]