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Receiving Unemployment Benefits? Make Sure You Understand How They’re Taxed

Millions of American workers have been furloughed or laid off over the last few weeks, and have applied to receive unemployment benefits. For many, it’s the first time they’ve been out of work, and they’re not familiar with how unemployment benefits are taxed. So here’s a quick refresher course on how that benefit lifeline may […]

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Breaking News: IRA Withdrawals Are OPTIONAL For 2020

We’re calling clients to get the word out. Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs), those IRA and retirement withdrawals you’re required to take once you turn age 72 (formerly 70½), are now optional for 2020. It’s the government’s way of letting your IRA and retirement accounts recover and catch their breath from the COVID-19 crisis. We discussed […]

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Quarterly Estimates: Another Pesky Tax Guideline Moved To July 15

Last week, we had somewhat of an odd situation. The first quarterly tax estimate, normally due April 15, was postponed to July 15. But the second tax estimate, due June 15, was still due on June 15. We were all a little stumped by this. The second tax estimate was due before the first tax […]

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What You Need To Know About The CARES Stimulus Act And Your Retirement Accounts

The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed by the President last Friday, provides bold stimulus measures to ease the pain and disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve summarized below the key provisions affecting your retirement accounts. We stand by ready to answer your questions or explore which measures you should […]

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COVID-19 Fallout: Taxpayers Now Get Until July 15 To File Taxes

Taxpayers are getting a helping hand from the federal government to ease the pain and disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Filing and Paying Taxes The Internal Revenue Service confirmed it has moved the deadline for filing individual tax returns for tax year 2019 from April 15 to July 15. The deadline for paying taxes, without penalty […]

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Market Turbulence? Here’s How To Make Lemonade Out Of The Market’s Lemons

Market turbulence can be hard to deal with, but we know that market pullbacks are a normal and unavoidable part of investing, especially over the shorter-term. Unfortunately, no one can predict or control the market, and trying to eliminate market volatility can cause you to miss out on the generous long-term growth that market investments […]

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Clients, Make Tax Time Easier With Our 1099 Service

For many clients, tax time can be a confusing tangle of documents, 1099s, and statements. Just when you think you’re done, you open your mailbox to find even more corrected documents! We understand the frustrations, so let us help make the process a little bit easier for you. With your authorization, we can safely forward all your Schwab investment […]

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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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