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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

How are Social Security Benefits Calculated?

Social Security planning often focuses on filing strategies to help determine when and how to take your benefits. But before you make any decisions, you should also consider the tax implications your Social Security benefits will have on your overall retirement plan. If you have additional sources of income in retirement, there is a chance… Read More

Leaving a Legacy: Life Insurance vs. Roth IRAs

Leaving a Legacy: Life Insurance vs. Roth IRAs When considering the best way to leave your loved ones an inheritance, it’s important to be aware of the options available to you. While life insurance is a well-known option, Roth IRAs can be effective as well. Both can provide a tax-free legacy, but you should know… Read More

Avoiding the 10% Tax Penalty

As a retirement account owner, you’ve probably been warned about the 10% early distribution penalty that applies to taxable distributions made before age 59½. But did you know that if for some reason you need to access your money early, there are exceptions to this rule? Expenses such as medical bills, buying your first home,… Read More