Tag: tax

7 Smart Ways High-Earners Can Prep For A Smoother Tax Season

When you have a complex tax situation, there’s likely so much on your mind heading into tax season. Here are a few tips to keep in mind before filing your 2021 tax return. 1. Prep For An AMT Tax Bill Alternative Minimum Tax (or AMT) is a parallel tax filing system designed to ensure that […]

How to Make Your Dollars Deliberate and Reach Your Goals

You’re investing for retirement, paying off debt, building up an emergency fund, saving for your kid’s college, and checking all the top financial boxes—now what? If you’re running a surplus each month, it’s so easy to simply funnel money into the basics (401k, IRA, etc.) but is that the best way to truly maximize your […]

The SECURE Act and Retirement Plan Beneficiaries

In a companion post, we discussed four major changes resulting from the passage of the SECURE Act and strategies to manage them (Top 4 SECURE Act Changes That May Impact You and How To Plan For Them). In this post, we will discuss the new class of retirement plan beneficiaries called Eligible Designated Beneficiaries (EDBs) […]

Top 4 SECURE Act Changes That May Impact You and How To Plan For Them

By now you’ve probably heard of the SECURE Act and its impact on retirement plans. The purpose of the SECURE Act, which became law in late 2019, was to increase Americans’ access to retirement savings plans, but you may be directly impacted in other ways. Here are the top four changes that will affect most […]

Take Back Your Itemized Deductions with Charitable Contributions

Are you one of the almost 30 million taxpayers that can no longer itemize deductions? “Bunching” your charitable contributions may help take it back. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 increased the standard deduction from $12,700 in 2017 to $24,400 in 2019 for Married Filing Jointly (MFJ). The number of filers who itemize […]

When a SIMPLE IRA may be better than a SEP IRA and a Solo 401(k)

In our last post, we reviewed some of the key differences between a SEP IRA and a Solo 401(k) for business owners with no employees (if you have 1099 income from a side gig, this includes you). In some cases, a SIMPLE IRA may be a better option than a SEP IRA and a Solo […]

Popular Social Security Claiming Strategies Are Being Eliminated

Popular Social Security Claiming Strategies are being eliminated The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 included a section titled “Closure of Unintended Loopholes,” which has eliminated the popular Social Security maximization strategies of filing and then immediately suspending social security benefits and filing a restricted application for spousal benefits only. Why would Congress close the loophole?  […]