Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tax Time: What's Your Tax Bracket?


The Sixteenth Amendment of the U. S. constitution gives Congress the ability to tax your personal income. As of 2012, six different tax brackets are in place that determine how much tax an individual or a married couple pays on their income. With all the talk in Washington, D.C. about tax reform aimed at raising or reducing taxes, you might want to take a look at your tax bracket to see what proposals apply to you.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Tax Time: State Tax Rates

When I retired, I decided to leave the cold winter weather of the Midwest, particularly the "hawk" of Chicago's bitter cold. I thought I'd save money by moving to a state with no state income tax.  Little did I know how naive I was. I knew so little and did no research, which is just about abnormal for me.  But, as time passe, I learned about state taxes little by little. Here's some of the major bits of information I accumulated over time.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

My Movie "Mistake" Book: Some of the Worst Films of 2012

When my kids were growing up, they loved to point out "Mom's Mistakes", so any thing stupid or idiotic I did, they'd haul out the imaginary "mistake book" and make another entry. As the years went by, the book got heavier and heavier. So, while I won't attempt to quantify which movies were the worst of last year's films, I will share my ideas on which movies were unimaginative, soulless and worthy of being listed in my mistake book of total disasters.Some of my choices qualified as soon as I heard the title or the of the star: