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Welcome to Stark Tax & Financial Service's website. We have been serving Stark County for over 60 years. Our website has been designed to help you learn more about us and our services available to you. We have also included additional resources to help you learn more about financial concepts such taxes, insurance, investing*, estate planning, and wealth preservation. Our website includes articles, investment*, retirement and tax calculators, slide presentations, and videos to help you better understand these financial concepts.  Most importantly we hope you see the value of working with financial professionals to help you achieve your goals.

Stark Tax & Financial Service is a name you can trust. We are here to help educate you about the basic concepts of financial management. Stark Tax & Financial Service is trained to assist our customers in evaluating their own special circumstances and goals. Our capable team is trained to help you find the most suitable options.

Whether saving for retirement, preparing for a child’s education or purchasing a vacation home, the guidance of a professional Financial Consultant can provide the necessary guidance to help accomplish your objectives.

*These services are offered by Philip R. Harper, CPA, CFP® through his affilaiton with Avantax

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Helpful Content

Mutual Funds vs. ETFs

Mutual Funds vs. ETFs

Exchange-traded funds have some things in common with mutual funds, but there are differences, too.

What Is a 1035 Exchange?

What Is a 1035 Exchange?

1035 exchanges provide a way to trade-in an annuity contract or life insurance policy without triggering a tax liability.

What If You Get Audited?

What If You Get Audited?

The chances of an IRS audit aren't that high. And being audited does not necessarily imply that the IRS suspects wrongdoing.

 

What Is a Roth 401(k)?

Roth 401(k) plans combine features of traditional 401(k) plans with those of a Roth IRA.

Best-Performing Asset Classes

Bonds may outperform stocks one year only to have stocks rebound the next.

Is a SEP-IRA Right for Your Business?

For some, the idea of establishing a retirement strategy evokes worries about complicated reporting and administration.

Women and Financial Strategies

Most women don’t shy away from the day-to-day financial decisions, but some may be leaving their future to chance.

Inflation - Back to the Future

Even low inflation rates over an extended period of time can impact your finances in retirement.

Social Security: Maximizing Benefits

There are other ways to maximize Social Security benefits, in addition to waiting to claim them.

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Impact of Taxes and Inflation

Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.

My Retirement Savings

Estimate how long your retirement savings may last using various monthly cash flow rates.

A Look at Systematic Withdrawals

This calculator may help you estimate how long funds may last given regular withdrawals.

Saving for Retirement

This calculator can help you estimate how much you may need to save for retirement.

Capital Gains Tax Estimator

Use this calculator to estimate your capital gains tax.

Social Security Taxes

Estimate how much of your Social Security benefit may be considered taxable.

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5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

5 Smart Investing Strategies

There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.

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Jane Bond: Decoding Diversification

Agent Jane Bond is on the case, discovering how bonds diversify a portfolio.

Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?

There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?

Retirement Redefined

Around the country, attitudes about retirement are shifting.

Don't Buy The Hype

There are a lot of misconceptions about Social Security. Here’s the truth about three of them.

Global and International Funds

Investors seeking world investments can choose between global and international funds. What's the difference?

Preparing For the Ultimate Vacation

Make your retirement as exciting as your next vacation.

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