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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

Changing Unhealthy Behaviors

Changing Unhealthy Behaviors

Five phases to changing unhealthy behaviors.

What's My 2022 Tax Bracket?

What's My 2022 Tax Bracket?

Knowing your tax bracket can make a large difference in your tax preparations. Check out this handy reference of updated ranges from the IRS in case your designated bracket has changed.

Donating Art: Taxation Abstraction

Donating Art: Taxation Abstraction

The tax rules that govern donating art are complex and confusing. Take a closer look.

 

Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy

Emotional biases can adversely impact financial decision making. Here’s a few to be mindful of.

Asset Allocation

Consider how your assets are allocated and if that allocation is consistent with your time frame and risk tolerance.

Insuring Your Second Home

There are unique risks of owning a second home and obtaining the proper coverage may protect you from financial risk.

Travel, Without the Baggage

Tips to avoid checking in luggage on your next vacation.

Budgeting After a Divorce

Divorce is the second most stressful time in a person's life. Here's some tips to get through it.

Choices for Your 401(k) at a Former Employer

Individuals have three basic choices with the 401(k) account they accrued at a previous employer.

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Tax Freedom Day

Assess how many days you'll work to pay your federal tax liability.

What Is the Dividend Yield?

This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.

Contributing to an IRA?

Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.

How Compound Interest Works

Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.

Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest?

This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.

Comparing Mortgage Terms

Estimate the total cost in today's dollars of various mortgage alternatives.

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Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

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

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

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

5 Smart Investing Strategies

There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

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

5 Smart Investing Principles

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

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Forecast

The market is as unpredictable as the weather. We’d love to help you prepare.

Encore Careers: Push Your Boundaries

Ready for retirement? Find out why many are considering encore careers and push your boundaries into something more, here.

Risk Tolerance: What’s Your Style?

Learn about what risk tolerance really means in this helpful and insightful video.

Don't Buy The Hype

There are a lot of misconceptions about Social Security. Here’s the truth about three of them.

Questions to Consider When Buying a Vacation Home

Doing your research is key before buying a vacation home.

The Richest Man in Babylon

In good times and bad, consistently saving a percentage of your income is a sound financial practice.

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