Taxes

Career planning

The Role of Career Planning in Financial Planning

by Sophia Bera October 11, 2017

When I work with financial planning clients, I tend to ask a lot of questions that don’t seem to be directly related to money at all. Where do you want to live? Do you have any upcoming travel plans? Do you like your job? Here’s the thing: most decisions you make in your life are […]

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Online financial tools

The Best Financial Tools, Apps, and Calculators I Recommend All the Time

by Sophia Bera June 28, 2017

Managing and automating your finances has never been easier. There are so many online and mobile tools available (most for free!) that setting yourself up for financial success involves little more than 30 minutes of set-up and a few minutes of monitoring a month. You’re more likely to meet your financial goals if those goals […]

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Taxes for the self-employed

Tax Tips for Freelancers, Side-Hustlers, and the Self-Employed

by Sophia Bera March 29, 2017

If you work as a full-time contractor or freelancer, own your own business, or earn income through a side hustle, your tax situation is going to be a bit different. When you work as a W-2 employee, a portion of each of your paychecks automatically goes toward taxes and Social Security and Medicare payments. But […]

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Tax mistakes

3 Tax Mistakes Accountants See Every Year (and How to Avoid Them)

by Sophia Bera March 22, 2017

A quick temperature check one month out from Tax Day: how are you all doing? Stressed? Tired? Bragging to your friends about how you finished your taxes ages ago? (Pro tip: stop doing that if you want friends around for Tax Day 2018!) By now you might be deep into kicking yourself for being less-than-diligent […]

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Tax credits & deductions

How Tax Credits and Deductions Can Lower Your Tax Bill

by Sophia Bera March 15, 2017

Here’s a typical year in the life of clients I work with: They bought their first house and installed new windows They bought a new computer for their freelance gig They had a baby that started daycare at three months old They’ve got a few years left of student loan payments They got LASIK They […]

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Lower tax bill

4 Legal Ways to Lower Your Tax Bill

by Sophia Bera March 8, 2017

By now, you might have completed your tax returns for 2016 … and for some of you, the joy of getting your taxes out of the way is lessened by how much you owe the IRS. If it makes you feel any better, a big tax bill is a sign you made a lot of […]

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