But I will admit to writing specifically about taxes since 1999.
While taxes are far from simple, my goal in blogging about them is: Translate taxes into money-saving English.
Here's what some folks have to say about me and my blog:
One of my favorites is Kay Bell (@taxtweet). She’s funny, smart and good. Her blog won the National Association for Women in Communications Clarion Award in 2012 [SKB note: and in 2014 and 2017] as the year's best Personal Blog. She recently explained the potential tax liability for people who bet on the Super Bowl (In case you've been out of touch, the Seattle Seahawks crushed the Denver Broncos) and used the late Pete Seeger as a hook to talk about the tax liability of married couples who file jointly (Hint: they share it). … If you want a respite from the drudgery of taxes, turn here. She also has a really cool Web site called "Don't mess with taxes." Those from Texas — Bell’s a native Texan — will love the name of her Web site, the rest of us will love her tax commentary." -- Joann Weiner, Washington Post, Feb. 5, 2014
"This blog by Texas journalist Kay Bell aims to provide tax and personal-finance tips and advice 'that will put more money in your bank account, not the government treasury.' Ms. Bell, who previously worked for the House Ways and Means Committee in Washington and now writes about taxes for Bankrate.com, offers different approaches to make taxes less taxing. She often puts advice in a social or historical context. For instance, in honor of Alexander Graham Bell's birthday on March 3 -- and while lamenting the recent bombardment of calls from candidates soliciting votes -- she discussed the scenarios in which U.S. taxpayers can get a break on phone use. In other recent posts, she breaks down the economic-stimulus rebate with information that pertains to families with children, the elderly and state-by-state variations that residents should watch for." -- Beckey Bright, Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2008
But wait, there's more.
Since no one, not even a dedicated tax geek, can live by taxes alone, I've also written general personal finance articles, some money-themed pieces for corporate clients, and taken on a few non-financial assignments, like my motorsports column for a national transportation publishing company.
Here are links to some of the books and articles I've written over the years for various clients.
My first book: A guide to saving thousands of tax dollars over your lifetime.
"The Truth About Paying Fewer Taxes"
Bankrate.com Tax Guide:
An Annual Manual to Filing Your Taxes
A second helping of SKB tax blogging
Bankrate Taxes Blog
Taxes ad infinitum
Austin Woman (AW) magazine
"Worth" financial columns
Crazy Woman Driver
Kay's rants and raves about motorsports
Making good works work
The tax value of charitable giving
Uncle Sam to the savings rescue
10 tax-favored ways to stash cash
The money message in movies (multimedia presentation)
Lights! Camera! Money!
Santa, Scrooge and 10 more Christmas icons
offer money advice (multimedia presentation)
12 money tips from holiday 'experts'
More of my books
- Kay Bell helps you build
a solid tax foundation in
"Personal Finance: An Encyclopedia
of Modern Money Management"
- Kay Bell breaks down taxes
and estate planning
for millennials in
"Future Millionaires' Guidebook"
- A collection of Kay Bell
stories is included in
"The Gambler's Guide
to Taxes: How to Keep
More of What You Win"
If you'd like to see more of my portfolio or discuss a potential project, e-mail me at dontmesswithtaxes @ gmail dot com (email address edited to prevent spamming).