Total Cost of College for San Diego Folks

Yes, there is chaos in the political world. Since it’s not related to our vocation around here, I’ll withhold comment, and let’s move on to a happier conversation. Paying for college. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) So much ink (and an abundance of pixels) has been spilled over the past decade about rising tuition costs, that sometimes parents overlook the fact … Read More

Darryl HaleTotal Cost of College for San Diego Folks

Five Productivity Tips for San Diego Busy Bodies

With Labor Day behind us, fall is just around the corner. (And a quick tax note: so are estimated taxes, if that applies to you. Due the 16th of this month. Consider yourself reminded. Though I will probably remind you once more.) Now … fall. This can be a happy transition (as it is for many), though I do know … Read More

Darryl HaleFive Productivity Tips for San Diego Busy Bodies

Estate Planning For San Diego Singles

Many of our San Diego clients are married. What I have to say today is still relevant, conceptually (and even in some of the details). So don’t skip on by. As I have talked about before, estate planning is something that many families continue to neglect. I’m not here to toot that horn again today. But there is actually more … Read More

Darryl HaleEstate Planning For San Diego Singles

A Powerful Example of Tax Planning For San Diego Families And Individuals

It’s wild to think that there are only four more months in 2019. As we get older, time sure does fly. And unfortunately, many get stuck in a rut from year to year. Specifically related to taxes — many do not look at, or even think about, their tax situation until the winter or early spring. But if you can take … Read More

Darryl HaleA Powerful Example of Tax Planning For San Diego Families And Individuals

Four Online Security Moves For San Diego People Right Now

Firstly, our hearts are broken for the victims of the shooting at the Garlic Festival in California on Monday (one of whom was a six-year-old boy). These events accumulate to paint a picture of deep pain buried within our modern culture, and it’s important, in my opinion, that we never go numb to them. +++ There’s no good way to … Read More

Darryl HaleFour Online Security Moves For San Diego People Right Now

Four Great Summer Tax Moves For Folks in San Diego

Summer is flying by. Do you feel that way? It’s an exciting season with cookouts, vacations and extracurricular activities (my thoughts and sympathies for San Diego parents with multiple kids playing multiple sports among 100 other things). Before you know it and July is almost over. How does it all go by so fast? But if you can find some … Read More

Darryl HaleFour Great Summer Tax Moves For Folks in San Diego

Darryl A. Hale, EA, MBA, MST’s Parents’ Guide For Telling Their Family’s Financial Story

How we are raised around financial matters can impact us for a lifetime. When a close friend or family member loses their home, or their job (or both), it can be frightening on several levels. You begin to wonder if the same could happen to you. And, as you’re probably aware, this fear of economic uncertainty causes anxiety in many … Read More

Darryl HaleDarryl A. Hale, EA, MBA, MST’s Parents’ Guide For Telling Their Family’s Financial Story

Three FAFSA Tips to Help San Diego Taxpayers Get Their High School Grads Ready for College

Independence Day is this week. Bombs. Patriotism. Picnics. Barbecue. All those things. I often write about “financial independence” this time of year (yes, I like the puns) … and when I do, invariably I get contacted by a few clients (or former clients), who communicate that they are pretty dispirited about their personal situation, that anything discussing “financial independence” really … Read More

Darryl HaleThree FAFSA Tips to Help San Diego Taxpayers Get Their High School Grads Ready for College

Four Ways the IRS Reform Bill Helps San Diego Taxpayers Like You (and Me)

Believe it or not, 2019 is almost halfway over (!). We’re through the summer solstice, the days get shorter from here on out, and here at Team Top Hat Tax & Financial Services we begin to turn our eyes more directly at 2020. We’re pretty thrilled by the opportunity, because it means we get that much more time to take … Read More

Darryl HaleFour Ways the IRS Reform Bill Helps San Diego Taxpayers Like You (and Me)

Tax-Smart Ways to Run a Savvy San Diego Side Hustle

I’m so old, I still remember the days when “hashtags” were only about a particular button on your phone. Yep, the world has shifted massively underfoot. You know it; we all know it. And one of the developments we’ve all seen is the proliferation of news feed gurus, ready and willing to help you start your new business — for … Read More

Darryl HaleTax-Smart Ways to Run a Savvy San Diego Side Hustle