Usually by late January we're busy marshaling our documents to prepare last year's taxes. While this still must be done, our focus is on your 2018 taxes as the legislation signed in late December will have profound effects on most of us. Here we'll cover the highlights on how your finances will change this year with the new tax law. Your taxes have probably gone down. A significant majority of taxpayers will see their taxes decrease for 2018.
At the beginning of the year we notice an uptick in the inquiries coming into our financial planning practice. It's a natural time to evaluate your financial health. First, we need to determine your net worth at year-end. Your net worth is tallied by adding up the value of your assets and subtracting your debts. When computing assets, we consider financial accounts like a 401(k) and also real estate such as your personal residence and rentals.
Could there be more of a snoozer than discussing tax code while you still have eggnog in your cup? I wish this column could be devoted to something deeper and more enduring, but time is very short and you may have the ability to fill your own stocking with a tax refund in the waning days of 2017. The new tax law passed both the House and Senate last week, and should take effect for 2018 pending the President's signature.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".