Brandon Lafving



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Brandon D. Lafving is an independent writer with an interest in financial systems. A graduate of Princeton University, Brandon has published journalism in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Metro, and WXPN. He also consults, researches and writes reports for small and mid-size businesses.

Author's Latest

  • July 8, 2014

    The IRS may be ridiculed and railed on, but it is still one of the most effective collection agencies in the world.

    Last year, the agency processed nearly 180 million Federal returns. Of these, over 146 million were individual income...

  • March 24, 2014

    Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) can qualify you for a number of credits, benefits, and exclusions, which makes it important to calculate for tax purposes.

    Your MAGI is used to determine your eligibility for various Federal tax...

  • March 19, 2014

    Did you receive your tax refund this year? Did you neglect to send a tax return, thinking your income was too low?

    You might have a stack of cash waiting for you.

    Every year, millions in unclaimed and undelivered tax refunds stack...

  • October 15, 2013

    The summer of 2013 will always be remembered for the pair of victories awarded to gay rights by the Supreme Court.

    One ruling overturned a provision of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and granted same-sex marriages federal benefits. The...

  • October 11, 2013

    October 15, 2013 will be the second tax day of the year. It is the deadline for those taxpayers who successfully filed for an extension before April 15.

    Why can they file their taxes 6 months later? Is there some special service that...

  • October 9, 2013

    Now that the Federal government is deadlocked on the budget again, it's time to take a closer look at how we got here… again.

    A number of free digital tools can help you understand exactly how many of those hard-earned dollars were spent...

  • October 7, 2013

    Of all the IRS officials who were knocked for discriminatory practices back in May, Lois Lerner was the one who should have been the first to resign. She nodded her approval when she discovered agents under her control were using controversial...

  • October 3, 2013

    For most parents, gift taxes are not even on the radar screen while their child is enrolled in high school. But college can change everything. Suddenly, you are paying costs of living, which can add up quickly. In order to remain compliant with...

  • September 30, 2013

    These days it is more likely than not that your college graduate will be either unemployed or at least underemployed for at least a couple of years after graduation. And as a parent, you need to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

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  • September 27, 2013

    The economy is better than it was, but not ideal, and the job market for recent college graduates is abominable. In April of this year, a devastating report by the AP concluded that 53.6% of young people (under 25 years old) with a bachelors...