Social Security — The Million Dollar Asset

Perhaps the biggest retirement decision you will make will be when to start Social Security benefits. For those who consistently earned six-figures, SS benefits represent upwards of a million dollars of potential income! So it’s definitely worthwhile to know not

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Simple Tax Scenario Planning

Most people only “study” their taxes one day a year and then they really don’t know what happened.  In the end a tax program such as TaxAct (not to be confused with TaxSmack) spits out “YOUR REFUND is $3210!”  There’s

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How to Find the Best Medicare Plan

Hey Paul: I will turn 65 next year and will start Medicare for my health insurance. I am confused on the how to choose among the different plans including prescription drug coverage. What do I need to know?  Medicare can

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Teachers Get Dinged on Social Security

Hey Paul: I have taught in the local school system for 30 years. I plan to retire in a few years and my teacher’s pension will be about $36,000. I also managed a tutoring business for 10 years and paid

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Does Your Teenager Need His or Her Own Ride?

Hey Paul: Our son just turned 16 and has his driving permit. He drives our family cars – a Toyota Camry and Chevy Tahoe. We plan to get him an inexpensive car once he earns his full license – what

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No One Can Afford to be Poor

Hey Paul: What is the “ghetto tax”? I heard this mentioned on a blog about poverty in cities and how the poor are taxed more than others. Do we have a ghetto tax in Jessamine County? The name “ghetto tax”

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The Triumphs and Agony of High School Athletics

Hey Paul: I am in high school and played Little League baseball and rec soccer. I can probably make the varsity team but won’t be a starter. Should I play high school sports? The sports participation question is a tough

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What It Takes to be a CEO

 Hey Paul: I am in middle school but know that I would like to be CEO of a business when I grow up. I already have my own my own business mowing lawns. What advice do you have to reach

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No One Gets Smart by Watching TV

Hey Paul: My kids are watching too much TV – it seems like it’s on all the time! If not watching the TV they are on their computer or cellphone. They are all great kids with good friends and are

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Who Pays for College?

Hey Paul: Our daughter is headed off to college next year. Scholarships and financial aid will cover half the cost of college leaving $15K each year that we have to pay or borrow. We have some savings and ability to

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