Same sex married couples may elect to file their federal income tax returns as single persons until the September 15, 2013 deadline.
Changes for Financial Insider Weekly broadcasts in Santa Cruz County
The times and stations for broadcasts of Financial Insider Weekly in Santa Cruz County and Watsonville have been changed.
IRS provides guidance for same sex married couples
In response to the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision, the IRS has issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 with guidance for same-sex married couples and registered domestic partners.
Meditation on “I have a dream”
Today is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech.
I read in the newspaper that this speech ranked in the top three speeches in U.S. history, together with Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysberg Address and Franklin Roosevelt’s Day of Infamy speech.
The heart of the speech is “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Here is a YouTube link to the full speech. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRIF4_WzU1w
For historical context, I recommend that you go with your family to see “The Butler”, now playing in movie theaters.
Most of the population of the United States wasn’t living when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the speech. I was 11 years old. As a reference in history books, the event seems remote and almost fictional. Even living at the time, the assasinations of John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King seemed unreal. But these things really happened, and the injustices and prejudices of that day continue, perhaps in a lower key.
Our “leaders” continue to try to prohibit the poor and minorities from voting.
One in fifteen African American men are in prison, compared to about one in 106 white men. Pwople of color make up about 30% of the U.S. population, and about 60% of those imprisoned. One of three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime.
African American women are three times more likely than white women to be incarcerated.
We have made progress. The current President of the United States is black. Colin Powell and Condaleeza Rice were highly respected Secretaries of State. There are black representatives in Congress. Some our most beloved celebrities are black, including Bill Cosby and many others.
My community in Silicon Valley, California is very diverse, with many engineers from China and East India and Americans of color.
We still have a long way to go.
What federal financial help is available for families of military persons?
This week’s interview on Financial Insider Weekly is with David Beck, CFP(R) of Bay Area Planners. Our interview subject is "Government financial help for families of deceased military persons."
How can tax benefits help finance a college education?
This week’s interview on Financial Insider Weekly is with David Beck, CFP(R) of Bay Area Planners. Our interview subject is "Funding a College Education using federal tax benefits."
New broadcast time for Financial Insider Weekly in San Jose & Campbell
Starting this Friday, August 16, the broadcast time for Financial Insider Weekly will be 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The show is broadcast on CreaTV, Comcast channel 15 and online as streaming video at www.creatvsj.org.
How can you stretch your investment dollars during retirement?
This week’s interview on Financial Insider Weekly is with Craig Martin, CFP of The Family Wealth Consulting Group. Our interview subject is "How to stretch your investment dollars during retirement."
How has the federal tax picture changed for same sex married couples?
This week’s interview on Financial Insider Weekly is with Professor Patricia Cain of the Santa Clara University Law School. Our interview subject is "Tax considerations of the Federal Supreme Court decisions on same sex marriages."