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Choosing a Retirement Destination: Tax Considerations

Posted by Scott Farnes on Oct 27, 2020 8:07:00 AM

With health care, housing, food, and transportation costs increasing every year, many retirees on fixed incomes wonder how they can stretch their dollars even further. One solution is to move to another state where income taxes are lower than the one in which they currently reside.

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Topics: Taxable Income, Personal Finance, Taxes, Retirement, Tax Planning, Financial Success

Taking Early Withdrawals From Retirement Accounts

Posted by Scott Farnes on Oct 14, 2020 8:31:00 AM

While taking money out of a retirement fund before age 59 1/2 is usually not recommended, in certain cases, it may be unavoidable, especially during times of economic crisis. If you need cash and have a retirement fund you can tap, here's what you need to know.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Retirement, Social Security

Planning and Preparing for a Successful Retirement

Posted by Scott Farnes on Sep 30, 2020 8:11:00 AM

As you approach retirement, it's vital that you pay attention to several important financial matters to ensure a smooth transition. Here are five of them:

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Topics: Personal Finance, Retirement, Social Security, Financial Success

Selling a Business: Which Option Is Right for You?

Posted by Scott Farnes on Sep 3, 2020 7:59:00 AM

Selecting your business successor is a fundamental objective when planning your exit strategy and requires a careful assessment of what you want from the sale of your business and who can best give it to you.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Retirement, Financial Success

Pass on Wealth to Heirs Using These Strategies

Posted by Scott Farnes on Jun 9, 2020 8:17:00 AM

Individuals with significant assets who want to transfer wealth to heirs tax-free, as well as minimize estate taxes, should take advantage of proven tax strategies such as gifting and direct payments to educational institutions; however low interest rates and a volatile stock market are creating additional opportunities. Let's take a look at some of the strategies available:

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Topics: Personal Finance, Retirement, Managing Your Tax Liability, Financial Success

Are Social Security Benefits Taxable?

Posted by Scott Farnes on Mar 24, 2020 8:02:00 AM

Social Security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits; they do not include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, which are not taxable.

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Topics: Taxable Income, Taxes, Retirement, Social Security

It's Not Too Late to Make an IRA Contribution

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Mar 19, 2020 8:14:00 AM

If you haven't contributed funds to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) for tax year 2019, or if you've put in less than the maximum allowed, you still have time to do so. You can contribute to either a traditional or Roth IRA until the April 15th due date, not including extensions.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, IRA, Retirement, Tax Deduction

Tax Extenders, Retirement Plan Changes, and Repeals

Posted by Missy Dennis on Mar 6, 2020 8:10:00 AM

The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, signed into law on December 20, 2019, extended a number of expired tax provisions for business and individuals through 2020. It also included several retirement plan changes and repealed three health care taxes. Here's what you need to know:

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Topics: Business Ownership, Personal Finance, Taxes, Retirement, Tax Return, Tax Preparation

Important Tax Changes for Individuals and Businesses

Posted by Missy Dennis on Jan 9, 2020 8:05:00 AM

Every year, it's a sure bet that there will be changes to current tax law and this year is no different. From standard deductions to health savings accounts and tax rate schedules, here's a checklist of tax changes to help you plan the year ahead.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Retirement, Managing Your Tax Liability, Tax Deduction, Tax Credit, Tax Return, Tax Planning, HSA, Tax Reform

October 1 Deadline to Set up SIMPLE IRA Plans

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Sep 26, 2019 8:24:00 AM

Of all the retirement plans available to small business owners, the SIMPLE IRA plan (Savings Incentive Match PLan for Employees) is the easiest to set up and the least expensive to manage. The catch is that you'll need to set it up by October 1st. Here's what you need to know.

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Topics: Business Ownership, IRA, Retirement