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Unused Vacation Days Can Be Costly

Would you give up a share of $62 billion? If your answer is no, then you may be a member of the relatively small group of Americans (36 percent) that takes all of the vacation days available to them each year.1 In survey after survey, workers consistently say paid vacation is one of the benefits… Read More

Avoiding the 10% Tax Penalty

Have you paid medical expenses this year worth more than 10% of your adjusted gross income? Do you plan on buying your first home soon? Are you currently paying for higher education expenses? If you said yes to any of these scenarios, and you’re younger than age 59½, you may qualify to withdraw from your… Read More

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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