Washington Cares Payroll Tax Opt-Out Is Now Open

The date has arrived!  The State of Washington has now opened their online opt-out procedure for those who have qualifying Long-Term Care Insurance and wish to be exempt from the upcoming payroll tax. The WA Cares Fund Before we outline the process, let’s review some...

Sending Your Child Off to College: A Financial Checklist

Starting college is a big life transition for both students and their parents. While your student may be focused on orientation and choosing courses, there are some important financial considerations that accompany this change as well. Some are administrative items for you to consider, such...

Getting The Most From Your Microsoft Benefits

Microsoft (MSFT) provides generous company benefits which can help employees build wealth, manage risk and secure their future. It’s important to consider how to best integrate the additional compensation, retirement and health benefits into your financial plan. EQUITY AWARDS Your annual grants of Microsoft shares...

Invest with Pride: Finding the Right LGBTQ+ Financial Planner

June is always a great month – welcoming in summer, longer sun-filled days, and tons of rainbows everywhere.  Rainbow flags, that is.  Along with the summer solstice and all things vitamin D, June is Gay Pride Month, where everyone has that uncle/cousin/sister, enjoys joyful, colorful...

Taxes and Stock Options; Moving Forward Mindfully

May 12, 2021 Now that we’ve discussed the different types of stock option plans available to employees, it’s time to take a dive into how to leverage those options, striving to preserve wealth as best as possible.  As per my last post, there are three...

Stock Options: A Primer

May 7, 2021 Companies are always looking for relatively inexpensive ways to increase the odds of getting the best workforce to join them. In the Technology sector, these ‘inexpensive’ ways often translate into offering employees stock options as incentives that don’t hit their cash reserves...

5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Financial Life

April 7, 2021 Decluttering. Thanks to Marie Kondo, meditation gurus and an amazing amount of time at home, we have all had opportunities to declutter our closets, our monkey minds and our “working-from-home” space (formerly known as the dining room).  But what does it mean...

How To Avoid a 10B5-1 Meltdown

February 3, 2021 Well, if you don’t know what a 10b5-1 plan is yet, you may aspire to be in a place to need one. For some, they are a necessary evil. For others, they are downright mystifying.  But let’s take a look at their...