Welcome to The Master’s Tax & Financial Services
Our website is an information resource designed to help you learn more about personal finance. We believe that good financial decisions don’t have to be confusing. Our hope is that this website will assist you in learning more about tax issues, investing, retirement, insurance, preparing financially for college, estate planning, and wealth preservation.
As in other areas of life, each of us will be more successful in our financial matters if we hold to a clear objective and make decisions in alignment with our objective. Janelle and Richard are prepared to assist you to:
- Clarify and define your goals
- Identify solutions that fit your needs
- File complete and accurate tax returns taking your best elections
- Plan for future tax events in order to minimize taxes
- Understand how changing financial conditions affect you
- Track your financial progress
- Make investment planning easier (Richard)
Through years of disciplined saving Richard was able to retire from his engineering work early in 2013 at the age of 58. Retirement not only allows more time for grandchildren, but more time for this business. Whatever your future financial goals are - retirement, helping fund college for children or grandchildren, or others - Richard is prepared to help.
No one likes to see a letter from the IRS or state tax or revenue authority, but both Janelle and Richard have taken advanced course work on helping people work through these situations. Both are licensed to represent taxpayers before the IRS.
We are open year-round. During the summer we are often out for a week or so for specialized Continuing Professional Education (CPE) or vacation with grandchildren. But we stay in touch and can help you address your concerns.
Please browse our site. It will not only introduce you to our company philosophy and services, but it will also offer a wealth of educational materials, articles, newsletters, calculators, and other tools — all designed to keep you up-to-date on financial issues, strategies, and trends. This educational material is updated frequently.
The Long Run: Women and Retirement
For women, retirement strategy is a long race. It’s helpful to know the route.
Mortgages in Retirement
Explore the benefits and drawbacks to paying off your mortgage prior to retirement with this article.
The Pre-Retirement Checklist
This checklist can give you a quick snapshot of how prepared you are.
Don’t overlook the need for renter’s insurance if you rent your home.
Exchange-traded funds have some things in common with mutual funds, but there are differences, too.
This worksheet can help you estimate the costs of a four-year college program.
Have income that isn’t subject to tax withholding? Or insufficient withholdings? You may have to pay estimated taxes.
The tax rules governing profits you realize from the sale of your home have changed in recent years.
When selecting a fixed-rate mortgage, a borrower has to determine how many years to finance the loan.
This calculator estimates your chances of becoming disabled and your potential need for disability insurance.
Estimate the total cost in today's dollars of various mortgage alternatives.
Estimate how many months it may take to recover the out-of-pocket costs when buying a more efficient vehicle.
This calculator estimates the savings from paying a mortgage bi-weekly instead of monthly.
This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.
This calculator estimates how much life insurance you would need to meet your family's needs if you were to die prematurely.
A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.
The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.
How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.
The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.
There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?
How does your ideal retirement differ from reality, and what can we do to better align the two?
A visit to the hospital can be painful, for both your body and your wallet. Don’t let it be more painful than it has to be.
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, uncovering the mystery of bond laddering.
Here’s a quick guide to checking to see if you have unclaimed money.
When do you need a will? The answer is easy: Right Now.