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.

David Barnes’s Seven Negative Results And Six Painful Consequences For Unfiled Tax Returns

The IRS just began receiving tax returns this week, and Tax Preparers all over the nation are cranking and grooving along, finding all kinds of savings on behalf of clients ... as well as chomping at the bit to help them on THIS year's taxes. The buzz around the tax...

Facts About IRS Audits

With all of the chaos out there right now, the division and shouting, it's helpful to try to tune out the shouting and focus on what is actually in our sphere of productivity. One way that the IRS has decided it can be more productive is by outsourcing their...

A Basic Mid-Year Tax Planning Method for Southern California Taxpayers

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend an educational conference in Tucson this past weekend, and it poured heavy rains and the weather was cooler. Because we are right in the thick of summer, it's tempting to just sit back and hit the cruise control for the next...

What Is Estate Planning? Six Good Reasons Everyone Should Have An Estate Plan In Southern California

There is this show I've been watching on Netflix called Heir Hunters, and it chronicles 30 research companies in the UK who race to locate surviving heirs when someone dies without a will. The research companies get a commission if they can locate the heirs. It's a...

Six Common Ways Southern California Taxpayers Receive IRS Audits

With the tax deadline bearing down on us, I thought I'd touch base today, to give you some thoughts on what could get you into hot water THIS tax season. And, well, really any tax season. Now ... sometimes, Southern California clients come to us from other Southern...

How Much Do I Owe The IRS? David Barnes Can Help You Get Information From The IRS Discreetly

There is a lot of fear and angst in our culture these days. Sparked by tragic current events, as well as a general sense of disjointedness in our culture. But for many who might be reading this, there is another one that might be lurking latent beneath these other...

David Barnes on Patterns and Habit, via Parable

Last week I wrote about worry, and this week ... well, the summer is fully upon us, and as things get hotter, some days I come into the office and with the intensity of the heat causing sleepiness, I occasionally find myself a little stuck. Can you relate? You see,...

Training Your Heart For Good Financial Stewardship In Southern California

Working with my Southern California clients' finances over the years has given me a bit of a crash course in human behavior. Often, I'm floored by the generosity I see displayed by many clients -- even those without significant means. Other times ... well, I think...

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...

David Barnes’s Next Steps After Settling With The IRS

Let's talk about what happens AFTER we are able to strike a deal on your behalf with the IRS. Because after all, that really is the goal here isn't it? So ... the IRS agreed that you could not pay all of your taxes back, and that a settlement was in everyone's best...

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!