If you want to reduce the money you owe the IRS, you need to claim all of the tax deductions and credits that are available to you. Both deductions and credits can have a big effect on reducing your tax bill, but they are definitely not the same -- and one is much more valuable than the other.
Americans are living longer these days. That's a positive thing in theory, but from a retirement-planning standpoint, it can be challenging. After all, there's a difference between needing your retirement savings to last 20 years versus 30 years or more.
Assuming that there is no change in a person's spending or professional income and assuming that they are spending less than they earn and doing something productive with it, then over a long period of time a person's net worth should start to accelerate. But what if it doesn't? Take a look a this case example to learn more.