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What’s The Best Way To Give To Charity?

Many of our clients like to make gifts to charity. But what’s the best way to do so given all the recent changes in tax rules? The Journal of Financial Planning just published a research paper comparing some of the top options, like gifting assets that have gone up in value, giving directly from your […]

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Retiring Soon? Why Contributing To Your Traditional IRA For 2020 Could Be A Smart Move

Confused as to whether a Roth IRA or Traditional IRA might be best for you? Mari talked with Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine about  how to choose between a Roth or Traditional IRA. The first thing to know is that the contribution limit of $6,000 is unchanged from 2019 (you can contribute an extra $1,000, for a […]

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Now You Can Use 529 Money To Pay Down Student Loans

A new provision in the recently passed SECURE Act may come in handy for parents who have a little extra money left in their kids’ 529 accounts. Under the new legislation, you can now withdraw up to $10,000 tax-free per 529 beneficiary to pay down a qualified student loan. Note that this is a once-in-a-lifetime […]

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Money Migrating To Florida

Florida’s balmy weather and friendly tax policies continue to attract new residents. The Sunshine State brought in $16 billion in additional personal income from new residents in one year alone. That beats every other state for the 6th year in a row, according to Bloomberg and Crain’s New York Business. The next runner up, Arizona, […]

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2 Big Changes To IRAs You Need To Know About Right Now

You may have read that the SECURE Act made important changes to IRAs and other retirement accounts just a few days before year-end. But few people understand exactly how the changes will impact their IRA contributions and withdrawals in 2020, and which of those important changes take effect as of January 1, 2020. There’s a lot […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Big IRA Overhaul Expected This Weekend

A major IRA, 401(k), and retirement overhaul is expected this weekend, catching almost everyone in the financial and retirement affairs community by surprise. After months of inaction, Washington insiders expect Congress to pass the long-delayed SECURE Act. Retirees could see a total revamp of IRA and Required Minimum Distributions rules, some positive, some definitely negative. […]

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The Clock Is Ticking On Year-End Tax Moves

Tick, tock, tick, tock. Do you hear it? That’s the sound of time running out. We talked with financial journalist Robyn A. Friedman of City & Shore Magazine to share smart year-end tax moves that can save people money. “It’s not too late to review your tax situation for 2019 – or too early to […]

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Hey 401(k) Savers: You Can Contribute More In 2020

Good news for 401(k) savers! The IRS says you can contribute more to your 401(k) in 2020. Under 50? The savings limit will increase from $19,000 this year to $19,500 next year. Age 50 or over? The limit goes up from $25,000 to $26,000. Make sure to tell your employer to change your payroll deductions […]

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Need To Take RMDs This Year From Your IRA? You Can Chill. We’re On It.

What’s at the top of our to-do list this month? It’s time to take care of RMDs (Required Minimum Distributions) from your IRAs if you’re age 70½ or over, or are the beneficiary of an Inherited IRA. What’s the deal? We’ve already alerted clients who need to start their RMDs IRA next year. There’s nothing […]

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Sold Bitcoin? The IRS May Want To Talk To You

Sold Bitcoin or other digital currencies? Don’t be surprised if the IRS comes knocking on your door looking for any taxes due, says a recent Wall Street Journal article. The Internal Revenue Service is sending warning letters to more than 10,000 Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency holders, reports the Journal. It got their names from a popular […]

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