Archives For October 2005

This week’s Carnival of Personal Finance is hosted by WealthyWeb. I contributed my first post since Rita. It feels good to get back into the swing of things.

I picked up the October 31, 2005 issue of Time with “The Great Retirement Ripoff” cover. The article was terrible. It was so one-sided that it should have been titled as an editorial. The authors made no attempt to explain the situation other than to say Congress allowed everything to happen.

Of course I disagree with companies that leave their retirees high and dry. That should never happen. I think the prudent thing to do would have been to explain to the younger workers that the pensions were no longer going to be available and that they had better start utilizing their 401(k) rather than taking benefits from those who were already retired.

I’ll post more on this later.

Oil Company Profits

October 30, 2005

A lot of people are upset at the fact that oil companies like Exxon, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP, and many others are showing record revenues. Of course these same people weren’t feeling sorry for the oil companies back when oil was at $10 per barrel. What we seem to forget is that one of the major factors that affects how much we pay at the pump for a gallon of gas is that of taxes. As The Tax Professor points out with this post, tax revenues from gasoline exceed oil company profits.
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Blog of the Week – No. 6

October 30, 2005

My selection for my sixth Blog of the Week installment is Financial Baby Steps. Of all the blogs I have seen, this is the most unique because it is written from a baby’s point of view. It will be interesting to see whether they keep it up or not. If they do keep it up, maybe the baby will be able to take over the posting duties.

Good stuff.


Pronounced Wah-Ko-Vee-ah which sounds like Walk Ova Ya.

What do you think?

While reading this, it may be helpful to have IRS Publication 970 handy.

With the cost of college going up every year, it’s nice to get a little help from the IRS. Notice in that last sentence that I said “a little help” because it really isn’t that much of a benefit. But, every little bit helps.
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DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a tax expert. When it comes to taxes, if you have doubts or questions you should consult a tax expert.

On Thursday my H&R Block tax class began talking about itemized deductions. There’s a lot of deductions available. The problem is that they take planning and organization ahead of time to be able to take advantage of them. Why? Because you have to keep records so that you have proof in case the IRS ever audits you.
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