8 Ways a Paper Scanner Makes Life Beautiful

Last week I bought a paper scanner. But it wasn’t just any scanner. It was the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Scanner. And it’s changed my life. Sound a bit dramatic? It’s not. Imagine an organized, type A personality kind of person. Now imagine the opposite of that kind of person. I’m the opposite. […]

The Lowest and Highest State Taxes (Map)

The Tax Foundation recently published a state-by-state study on state and local tax burdens. The study lists that tax burdens by state, including a ranking from highest to lowest state taxes. New York was the “winner” with a state tax burden topping the charts at 12.8%. Alaska has the lowest tax burden at 7.0%. The […]

5 Things to Know About an Inherited IRA

As part of my ongoing series on handling the estate of a loved one, today I want to look at inherited IRAs. My step-mother had a couple of IRA accounts. As you may know, with an IRA, you can select the beneficiaries that will inherit the account when you die. As such, the funds do […]

How to Track Your Business Finances Like a Ninja

How I track my business income and expenses has changed dramatically since I started my online company in 2007. What was once a painful process with uncertain results (I was always losing something) now takes just a few minutes a month. And the result is penny-perfect accounting that even my tax prepare admires. So how […]

Social Security to Increase by 1.7% in 2013

Today the Social Security Administration announced the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2013. Beginning in January 2013, Social Security beneficiaries will receive a 1.7% increase. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will go up by the same amount beginning on December 31, 2012. To put this increase in perspective, the average recipient will see an […]

What is an ABA Routing Number and Why You Should Care

An ABA routing number is used to properly identify ACH banking transactions. Here’s how to find your bank’s routing number and how to use it. This past weekend I set up direct deposit for a business payment I receive each month. The vendor required just three pieces of information: (1) the name of my bank, […]