The Price for Living in a Good School District? $205,000

The Brookings Institute recently released a study (pdf) on the cost of housing in good school districts. The study was of particular interest to me because of a case I worked on in law school dealing with the inequality of public school funding. Basically, because schools are funded in large part from real estate taxes, […]


What’s New for IRA Retirement Accounts (2012)

Each year the IRS puts out a comprehensive guide to Individual Retirement Arrangements (I always thought IRA stood for Individual Retirement Accounts, but it’s Arrangements). Called IRS Publication 590, it was last released on December 16, 2011. It covers new rules for both 2011 and 2012. Because the deadline for 2011 IRA contributions was April […]


New Starwood Preferred Guest Rewards for 2012

Recently I applied for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express. For new cardholders, you can earn up to 35,000 bonus Starpoints, which was the primary reason I got the card. It’s also why the card is considered by many as one of the best travel credit cards. So it caught my attention […]


Can’t Pay Your Taxes? Read This

What should you do if you can’t afford to pay your taxes? Recently I came across a page on the IRS website that answers this question, at least in part. Believe it or not, the IRS offers installment plans that allow taxpayers to pay their taxes over time. Before we get to the installment plans, […]


A Free and Easy Way to Track Reward Miles and Points

Update: Manilla closed its doors on July 1, 2014. You can find alternatives to Manilla here. After yesterday’s article about how to get 100,000 bonus points with the British Airways Visa Signature card, I started to think about all of the reward miles and points I have. Like many, I have rewards on credit cards, […]


401k vs IRA–Where Should You Save for Retirement?

Among the many decisions we all must make about retirement, one of the most perplexing relates to the types of retirement account options. For many of us, there are a lot of choices including a 401k, Roth 401k, Deductible IRA, Roth IRA, and a Non-deductible IRA. And that’s not even counting 403b accounts, SEP IRAs, […]