FinCap Friday: From the Red Carpet to The Red Ink of the I.R.S.

Jan 10, 2019
FinCap Friday, Taxes

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As the calendar turned from December to January, many Americans woke up to the uneasy thought that they would need to learn about the new tax legislation to file their 2018 tax return. While our tax system relies on voluntary compliance, there are very real consequences for not dotting every "i" and crossing every "t" (and the dog eating your return is not a valid excuse either). This FinCap Friday shares the stories of celebs who landed on the wrong side of the I.R.S. and provides tips on how to stay in their good graces:


We recently added a no-tech version of FinCap Friday where the questions are embedded in the presentation rather than an online quiz. 


Great news! Jessica and Sonia updated our Taxes Unit to reflect the recent changes. Find all of our Tax Resources on the Taxes Unit page and here's a 3 minute video explainer on the tax changes from Jessica that you won't want to miss.

About the Authors

Yanely Espinal

Born and raised by Dominican, immigrant parents in Brooklyn, Yanely is a proud product of NYC public schools. She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in 2007 before going on to receive her bachelor's degree at Brown University in 2011. As a Teach For America corps member, Yanely taught third and fourth grade in Canarsie, Brooklyn. She received her master's degree from Relay Graduate School of Education in 2013. She spends her spare time making YouTube videos about personal finance on her channel, MissBeHelpful. Yanely also loves to dance, sew, paint, listen to podcasts, and babysit her soon-to-be 7 nieces and nephews!

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.