Looking for factual answers.
I’m getting married in TWO MONTHS evidently…
We both have good jobs making over $40,000. Her situation is pretty simple. Her only asset and debt is her vehicle. She manages her money very well.
My situation is a bit more complicated. My dad passed away six years ago and I got a pretty good chunk of change through inheritance and life insurance.
My house is paid for. I also farm part time. I own 290 acres on mortgage. I also have about $150,000 worth of equipment that I owe about $30,000 on.
We are looking forward to combining things when we get married. Originally we had thought it would be best to keep everything separate, since I run a business.
She had brought up the fact that maybe we should each contribute a little bit to a joint checking account of sorts so that we can buy stuff together, completely.
An idea hit me the other night that why don’t we just combine everything. All of my debt and assets and all of her debt and assets.
Then both of our day job paychecks would go into a joint account and all of the proceeds from me selling grain would as well. Then we could make land mortgage payments from the joint account as well.
It would definitely simplify things.
NOW, are there tax advantages to doing it this way? Also, would we see any advantage when it comes to borrowing money for future real estate/equipment purchases?
She grew up on a farm too, and we talk about it a lot so she is well aware of the expenses that come into play in farming.
As a disclaimer to the cynical knothead that is going to spit out the old “boy, you’re pretty wet behind the ears, I wouldn’t trust anyone with that much or even get married” adage, please save your breath.