For Individuals

College Financial Planning

How Can You Pay for Your Kid to go to College, Spend and Save as You Are Now, and Increase the Amount of Money You have for Retirement?

Elder Care Financial Care

Finally… Worry Free Financial Management for Your Aging Parent or Family Member.

Estate Planning Done Right

Make Sure Your Family Transitions Prepare Your Children and Your Family for Financial Freedom.

An Important Update For Southern California Taxpayers On IRS Notices

Even as a Southern California tax professional, when I get a letter from the IRS addressed to my business (or, worse, to my home), I share with you that feeling of initial trepidation: what fresh hell will I now have to deal with?More often than not, it's something...

New Ideas For Southern California Students To Pay For College

I recently wrote about the cost of raising children, but there was one glaring omission: college.But imagine if you had sent your son to Morehouse College. Here's what happened there this month...On Sunday, May 19th, investor and philanthropist, Robert F. Smith,...

Should Southern California Parents Take The Child Tax Credit Payments?

The federal government is handing out a lot of money to Southern California individuals lately. Remember those stimulus payments that started showing up in your bank account last year? There’s more en route...Now comes the federal advance payments of the Child Tax...

How Southern California Taxpayers Can Pay Taxes Online in 2019

It's no secret this tax season is proving a little more ... "costly" for everyday Southern California taxpayers. If you can find any solace in that reality, know that you are not alone.Due to changes made through the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), many Americans...

Do Identity Theft Protection Plans Work? David Barnes’s Tips for Southern California Friends

An identity is stolen every two seconds in this country.Yeap, you read that right. Every TWO seconds. Yeah… that’s a lot. That means that either you or people you know in Southern California have fallen victim to identity theft.It’s the #1 type of complaint received...

Four Ways the IRS Reform Bill Helps Southern California Taxpayers Like You (and Me)

Believe it or not, 2019 is almost halfway over (!). We're through the summer solstice, the days get shorter from here on out, and here at Team Barnes Accountancy Corporation we begin to turn our eyes more directly at 2020.We're pretty thrilled by the opportunity,...

How COV-19 Affected Annual RMD for Southern California Retirees

With a third round of "stimmy" (as the kids say) hitting bank accounts for the past week, 90MM+ Americans (including some of us in Southern California) are once again flush with cash. It remains to be seen what this will do for the economy, but combined with what...

Smart Planning for Financial Independence in Southern California

I have more to say about financial independence today (since I received some great feedback the last time I wrote about it). But before I get there, I'd like to speak some encouragement to you. A few people in Southern California wrote me saying that they were feeling...

Tax on Cryptocurrency: 2020 Tax Code Changes for Southern California Taxpayers

Back in August, the IRS listened to Congressional urging that they stop sending out "balance due" notices until they got caught back up on a mail backlog.Well, last week, we got the news that the IRS has apparently caught up. (Or, well enough, they say.)That means...

Thinking Through Real Estate Investments In Southern California

When it comes to your money, you're either spending, saving, giving or investing. I know that many of my Southern California clients are doing all four, which is always wonderful to see.The last one, investing, is the one I want to focus on today. I talk a great deal...

How You’re Missing Legal Tax Deductions

Here’s a certain truth: the State and Federal Government would love to have more of your hard-earned money in their accounts. Sure, even though it’s painful, none of us begrudge paying our legal and fair share of taxes.
But the problem is that regular taxpayers, like you, are missing out on legal and safe deductions, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in unclaimed refunds every year!