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Life, Liberty & Tax-Advantaged Opportunities

Americans are passionate about taxes. We have reason to be. In recent years, Americans have spent more on taxes than on food, clothing, and housing combined.1 The Tax Foundation estimates Americans will pay $3.4 trillion to the federal government and $1.8 trillion to state and local governments in 2019.2 If you believe you’re paying too… Read More

Planning for HSA Distributions

Last month we shared the triple tax benefits of Health Savings Accounts (HSA) to help save for future healthcare costs. But how do you access the funds for out-of-pocket medical expenses once you’ve started saving? Like all qualified savings plans, you need to play by the IRS rules to enjoy the tax benefits and avoid… Read More

Calculating an IRD Deduction

Have you recently inherited a loved one’s retirement assets? You should know that there is an income tax deduction available to you called the income in respect of a decedent, or IRD, deduction. When certain inherited assets are hit with both federal estate and income tax, this deduction can help offset the impact. Your IRD… Read More

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Plan

Throughout history people have made inheritance choices that are inexplicable to others. In 1926, Harry Houdini left his magical equipment to his brother, his pulled-from-the-hat rabbits to the children of friends, and a series of random words to his wife. The words were a code that would let her know when he was in touch… Read More

Avoiding Non-Spouse Beneficiary Mistakes

As the beneficiary of an inherited IRA, you might be aware of some rules that come with these retirement accounts. However, are you also aware that the rules vary depending on whether you are a spouse, a nonspouse or a trust beneficiary? From required distributions to even the titling of the account, understanding the differences… Read More

2019 Retirement Plan Contribution Limits

Maxing out your retirement account contributions can be a smart financial move not only to help reduce your tax bill, but also to work towards the goal of setting aside enough money for the future. But do you know how much you’re allowed to contribute? Contribution limits can vary greatly depending on the type of… Read More

Navigating Health Care Taxes

Chances are you have heard about the 3.8% surtax that went into effect in 2013 under the Affordable Care Act—but do you know if and when you might need to pay it? While there have been significant changes to the tax code over the past year, the Medicare tax and net investment income tax remain… Read More