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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.

Helpful Content

Prevent a Rift: Money Tips for Newlyweds

Prevent a Rift: Money Tips for Newlyweds

Couples may be able to head off many of the problems in a marriage that money can cause.

Preparing for the Expected

Preparing for the Expected

You can plan ahead to protect yourself and your family against the financial consequences of deteriorating health.

How Income Taxes Work

How Income Taxes Work

A quick look at how federal income taxes work.

 

Where Will Your Retirement Money Come From?

Retirement income may come from a variety of sources. Here's an overview of the six main sources.

When to Self-Insure

Choosing to bear the financial burden of an adverse event is called self-insuring. Do you know what that entails?

The Pre-Retirement Checklist

This checklist can give you a quick snapshot of how prepared you are.

How to Read Your Credit Report

Solve a mystery while learning how important your credit report is with this story-driven interactive.

The Investment Risk No One’s Ever Heard Of

You face a risk for which the market does not compensate you, that can not be easily reduced through diversification.

Trends in Charitable Giving

Some people may want a more advanced gifting strategy that can maximize their gift and generate potential tax benefits.

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My Retirement Savings

Estimate how long your retirement savings may last using various monthly cash flow rates.

Bi-Weekly Payments

This calculator estimates the savings from paying a mortgage bi-weekly instead of monthly.

Comparing Investments

This calculator compares the net gain of a taxable investment versus a tax-favored one.

What Is My Life Expectancy?

Estimate how many years you may need retirement assets or how long to provide income to a surviving spouse or children.

Estimate Your RMD

Help determine the required minimum distribution from an IRA or other qualified retirement plan.

Historical Inflation

This calculator shows how inflation over the years has impacted purchasing power.

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Managing Your Lifestyle

Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.

Your Cash Flow Statement

A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.

5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.

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Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?

There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?

Inflation and Your Portfolio

Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.

Jane Bond: Scaling the Ladder

Agent Jane Bond is on the case, uncovering the mystery of bond laddering.

Social Security: By the Numbers

Here are five facts about Social Security that might surprise you.

Your DNA Test

If your family relies on your income, it’s critical to know what their needs would be in the event of your death.

Safeguard Your Digital Estate

If you died, what would happen to your email archives, social profiles and online accounts?

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