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Inaugural Post!

December 17, 2016


Welcome and thanks for visiting!


This blog is intended to assist health professionals in analyzing various financial decisions; student loan repayment options, tax mitigation strategies, retirement vehicles, business entities (i.e., sole proprietor, S Corp, LLC), and other personal and business financial topics. Your engagement is encouraged.


An appropriate 1st topic might be the income driven repayment (IDR) options – IBR (Income Base Repayment), PAYE (Pay As You Earn), and REPAYE (Revised Pay As You Earn) – gotta love all the acronyms.  


The intent of the IDR programs is to make the monthly payments manageable as the payments are a function of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI).  Certainly a welcome outcome with the educational debt levels of many health professionals.  My general rule of thumb to calculate the payment is as follows:


  • IBR ~ 13% of AGI divided by 12 to determine monthly payment.  For example, if AGI = $80,000, then ($80,000 x 0.13)/12 = $867/month.

  • PAYE & REPAYE ~ 9% of AGI divided by 12 to determine monthly payment.  For example, if AGI = $80,000 then ($80,000 x 0.09)/12 = $600/month.


Given the relatively recent introduction of REPAYE (Dec. 2015), there are very few cases in which a borrower should remain in IBR.  But, there are exceptions and participation criteria.  The following table summarizes the IDR program terms and participation criteria:

IDR Summary Table

PAYE & REPAYE are the most atrractive IDR repayment options.  But, determining an optimal repayment strategy can seem overwhelming.  Combine with the "tax bomb" assessed on any IDR forgiveness, developing a strategy is critical.  Please watch the following Youtube video I developed where I suggest various strategies.  And I know 46 minutes is long, but it could result in you saving tens of thousands of dollars!



For medical students & residents, a Youtube video discussing your specific circumstances:


 What do you think?  Please share your thoughts & questions.


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