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Tax Planning for Retirement Plan Required Minimum Distributions

One of the big advantages of a traditional IRA or 401(k) is being able to save pre-tax dollars and let them grow tax deferred until you need them. Hopefully, when you take the distributions in retirement, you will be in a lower tax bracket than when you made the contribution. The downside is that traditional […]

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Financial Planning Value By the Numbers

How much value does a fiduciary financial planner add to your investment portfolio each year? Four percent, according to Russell Investments’ 2017 update to the firm’s annual “value of an advisor” analysis. If you do the math quickly, that seems like an incredible deal. Since most financial planners charge a starting fee of around 1%, […]

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Roth IRA Tax Strategies, Part One

When saving money for retirement, taxes are not your friend. Their impact, even for those in lower tax brackets, can significantly reduce one’s retirement income. One of the better vehicles Congress created to help people save money that can grow tax-free is the Roth IRA. Unlike a traditional IRA, there is no current tax deduction […]

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More Tax Consequences of President’s Proposed Budget

The current annual US budget, as proposed by President Obama, includes some significant potential changes in tax law. Among these are proposals that could result in higher capital gains taxes on inherited property, an end to most tax-deferred real property exchanges, and increased taxes on S corporation dividends.

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Best Use for Tax Refund May be Wrong Question

Whether a check shows up in your mailbox or a deposit appears in your bank account, getting an income tax refund may feel like “found money.” Unfortunately, at least part of that tax refund is more like “lost money.” The last thing you want is to consistently get a sizeable tax refund. It may feel […]

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