The Color of Money / Home & Consumer

Color of Money: Tax alert on health premiums

WASHINGTON -- Having gone through tax season not that long ago, you may not want to face any issues related to your tax situation until next year.

But some of you may need to do some tax planning now nonetheless. It has to do with the Affordable ...

Color of Money: For retirement, planning's the key

WASHINGTON -- A recent column about the importance of getting your Social Security statement prompted a lot of retirement questions from readers.

In turn, the questions reminded me just how complicated it is to retire these days. We chide people ...

Color of Money: Give yourself a birthday gift

WASHINGTON -- I've got a birthday coming up, and as a gift to myself, I checked my Social Security statement.

If you ask, I'll say I'm 29. But truth be told, I'm getting pretty close to retirement age. (By the way, this doesn't mean I'll stop ...

Color of Money: Telecommuting's pros and cons

WASHINGTON -- When I think of the controversy over telecommuting at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, I'm reminded of a line from "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan": "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."

Except in this case, ...

Color of Money: A tax-debt scheme shut down

WASHINGTON -- Congratulations to the Federal Trade Commission for its latest action that resulted in the closing of a company that was taking advantage of consumers looking for relief from their tax debts.

The agency is giving back $16 million in...

Color of Money: Broke before lessons learned

WASHINGTON -- There are times when you're right but you wish you weren't. This is one of those times.

Ten years ago, a reader wrote to me asking for advice about his relationship with his girlfriend. It was near Valentine's Day, and he wanted to ...