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Tag: Tax Planning

From College Fund to Retirement Nest Egg – Tax Free

When each of my children was born, I had their application for a 529 college fund filled out, mailed, and funded with the first $100 before they were released from the hospital. I dutifully funded those accounts monthly for years, until they accumulated enough to fund...

Suddenly Single, With Wealth—Is There a Problem Here? Part One

Recently, a newly divorced woman in her 50’s asked me if I knew of any good books for middle-aged, single woman of wealth. My eloquent answer was, “Um, er . . . .” Others might have more flippant responses like, “Why? Where’s the problem?” It may be hard to empathize...

Why Inheriting the Family Home Can Be a Bad Idea

For many of us, our home is more than just a piece of property. It holds deep memories and emotional meaning, especially if we raised our families there. For this reason, estate planning discussions often include leaving the family home to the kids. This can be a way...

When “Financial Planning” Is Not Financial Planning

Whenever I surf television cable news channels, I can’t help but notice the plethora of ads for financial planning. Some of them sound compelling, even to me. I often find myself thinking, “Dang, that’s exactly what we do.” Then I notice the...

Are South Dakota Trusts Immoral “Tax Havens”?

South Dakota has certainly been in the news recently. Coverage of the leaked “Pandora Papers” included headlines like “How South Dakota became a global tax haven,” “South Dakota Is a Moral Sewer and Should Be Abolished,” and...