Avoid “Emergency Room” Financial Planning

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Most of us are familiar with this tidbit of immense wisdom. That doesn’t necessarily mean we follow it when it comes to either our physical or our financial health. According to a Modern Healthcare...

When Tax Deductions Cost You Money

How much is a tax deduction worth? Maybe less than your money scripts would have you believe. Here are some common ways that over-emphasizing deductions may reduce your tax bill, but actually cost you more money than you save. 1. Maintaining a Home Mortgage. “I...

2020 tax items

Now that the 2020 income tax filing season is upon us, we would like to remind you of a few items regarding tax documents for your investments at TD Ameritrade. 1. Generally, the first round of 1099s from TD Ameritrade are available the third week of February....

Trump’s Tax Avoidance

Every once in a while, a breaking news story is on a topic that I actually understand. The September 27 New York Times article, “Long-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses And Years Of Tax Avoidance,” is one such story. Many reactions to it show...

Higher Life Expectancy, Lower IRA Required Distributions

Watch this video on YouTube If you are over 72 and own an IRA, 401(k), 403(b), or TSP, you may be on the receiving end of a gift from the President. In 2018 he issued an Executive Order on “Strengthening Retirement Security in America.” One of the...

National Debt and Possible Tax Increases

Watch this video on YouTube Almost every politician running for president or Congress refers to the alarming growth of the national debt. It is now $23.2 trillion, or $188,000 for each individual taxpayer. Democrats blame the recent run-up of the debt on the...