Archive for the ‘Taxes’ Category

Book Review: Big Hot Cheap and Right, by Erica Grieder

Book Review: Big Hot Cheap and Right, by Erica Grieder

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Taxes, Texas

We’re all about to get dunked[1] by the US Presidential race in a deep-water tank of Texas exceptionalism. With a year-long GOP primary season ahead of us, get ready for Texas Senator Ted Cruz to explain how extremely small government (plus God!) serves us best. Also, prepare for Texas native son (now Kentucky Senator) Rand [&hellip

Ask An Ex-Banker: The Magical Roth IRA

Ask An Ex-Banker: The Magical Roth IRA

By The Banker | Ask an Ex-Banker, Blog Posts, Investing, Personal Finance, Taxes

A version of this post ran in the San Antonio Express News. Dear Michael, Next January, when I receive the proceeds for a house I’m selling, I’m considering converting 70K from my TIAAF-CREF Traditional IRA into a Roth IRA, and paying taxes to do that that. I could then make my 7 grandchildren the beneficiaries [&hellip

Real Estate Tax Rant

Real Estate Tax Rant

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

Real-estate tax policy – incredibly important yet relatively unseen – shapes how and where we live. I’ve ranted about estate tax policy as well as carried-interest tax policy here before, and now I’d like to rant about real-estate tax policy in my city. As before, I don’t think it’s enough to say ‘I hate taxes,’ because taxes [&hellip

Death and Taxes and Fairness

Death and Taxes and Fairness

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Inequality, Personal Finance, Taxes, Texas

A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News. I recently wrote about the unfairness of ‘carried interest’ tax breaks targeted to hedge fund and private equity owners. In fact, I’ve covered the topic before as well. Some readers became angry about my view of this tax break and took umbrage at [&hellip

Taxes Rant: Carried Interest Edition

Taxes Rant: Carried Interest Edition

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

Note: A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News. Dear Money: I miss you so, so much. I recently mailed off – with deep feelings of loss – two of my biggest checks of the year: one for real estate taxes to the county where I live and the other to [&hellip