15 Mar
March 15, 2020

“Gold is a way of going long on fear, and it has been a pretty good way of going long on fear from time to time. But you really have to hope people become more afraid in a year or two years than they are now. And if they become more afraid you make money, if they become less afraid you lose money, but the gold itself does not produce anything.” – Warren Buffett

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13 Mar
March 13, 2020

How much did you pay in federal taxes for 2019? Although it’s not a question most of us like to think about, tax season is here and this may cross your mind as you file your 2019 tax return.

A common misconception about our tax system is that those in the highest tax bracket pay 37% on their total income minus deductions. In fact, this rate is applied only to taxable income over $510,300 (single) and $612,350 (married filing jointly).

To determine

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21 Feb
February 21, 2020

With the change of the calendar year, individual taxes tend to come into focus as the tax return deadline quickly approaches. While the thought of income taxes and income tax filing can be stressful to most, taking a simplified approach, while being methodical and proactive in filing, and planning for future taxes can reduce this burden. Here are some tax tips for 2020 to help manage potential challenges.

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21 Dec
December 21, 2019

Do you hear what I hear??? It’s new legislation coming out of Washington this Christmas season!  Heading into the New Year the Federal Government has just released legislation that will have far reaching implications for nearly all individuals.  You may have heard rumblings of something called the SECURE Act throughout the year.  It passed with near unanimity in the House back in May but was met with a frosty response once it moved to the Senate. 

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11 Dec
December 11, 2019

Taxes are complicated and so is retirement. When you combine the two, it can get a bit overwhelming. The silver lining is that people who are retired, or are on their way to being retired, have some incredible opportunities to implement tax savings strategies that could benefit them for the rest of their lives. Here are five Tax-Smart Retirement strategies to consider.

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12 Jul
July 12, 2019

With the 2018 tax year closed, most taxpayers saw a decrease in their refunds, and some even owed taxes when they usually receive refunds.  This was due to the adjusted withholding tables that came into effect in February 2018, lowering the amount of taxes taken out of taxpayers’ paychecks.  Since less tax was paid throughout the year, many saw a tax bill larger than they anticipated when filing their tax returns.

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02 Jul
July 02, 2019

What is Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation or NQDC?

Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation, or NQDC, is compensation that has been earned by an employee but has not yet been transferred from the employer to the employee. Because the employer still has ownership of the compensation, it is not included in the employee’s earned income and therefore is not considered taxable income. This allows an employee to postpone or defer compensation and receive it sometime in the future, usually for purposes of retirement income.

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26 Jun
June 26, 2019

One of the major aspects of a business sale is whether the business will be sold as an asset or as stock. An owner might be thinking, “Does it really matter as long as I get the highest sales price?” Well, as you’ll see below, there are plenty of circumstances that can make a lower sales price more attractive.

To highlight some of the key differences between an asset and stock sale, let’s review some important tax, business liability, and complexity considerations.

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20 May
May 20, 2019

Do you have a loved one who is disabled or who has special needs? Many times individuals with special needs rely on public benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and other programs to help with living expenses. In order to retain eligibility for such benefits, the individual’s cash and investment assets may not exceed $2,000. This restriction often makes it difficult for special needs individuals to achieve a greater quality of life and financial independence.

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01 Apr
April 01, 2019

Beginning in 2018, many individuals and families lost the ability to fully deduct charitable donations as an itemized deduction. This is due to the doubling of the standard deduction and the limitation of many itemized deductions as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. For those over age 70½, a qualified charitable distribution can be a great way to make a charitable donation in a tax-efficient manner.

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