Doctors, dentists and business owners with more than $321,400 of 2019 adjusted gross income have one last chance not to pass up on this tax and retirement planning opportunity.
The Fed cut rates again on October 30th, for the third time in 2019. What's it mean to your long-term financial plan?
It's notable that the stock market in 2019 has not suffered a 10% correction on worries about the China trade confrontation, the manufacturing slump or concerns about the U.S. political situation - three bad-news narratives currently haunting markets.
When you are halfway through your 70th year on the planet, U.S. law says you must start taking money out of IRAs, SEPs and SIMPLE plans, as well as 401(k), 403(b) and other U.S. Government qualified retirement plans. Only a Roth IRA account, which you fund with after-tax dollars, is exempt from federally-required minimum distributions (RMDs).
How much should you withdraw from your tax-deferred 401(k) or IRA, and in what form? Here's a brief summary of four retirement income withdrawal methods to help you optimize the decumulation of your retirement income portfolio prudently.
The American Opportunity Credit (for college students) and the Lifetime Learning Credit - for undergrad, graduate and vocational students - are the two education tax credits available from the federal government. Students can claim either of the two credits for schooling costs, or their parents can - provided they don't opt for married filing separately.
In the first and second quarters of 2019, productivity of U.S. workers surged. Meanwhile, the labor force participation rate was higher than expected by the U.S. Government's research arm, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Negative rates abroad have driven down bond yields in the U.S. and could make the stock market multiple expand.
Negative rates abroad are driving down bond yields in the U.S., which could make the stock market multiple expand. Investing always carries risk, and current financial economic conditions are unprecedented. For the first time in modern history, you have to pay the bank to hold your money in Europe! You have to pay a bond issuer to hold your money. Here's a factual analysis of factors driving what's happening and how it might affect your portfolio.
For years, year-end tax tips were delivered in this space every September, but this year's story is a real cliffhanger. The twist in the plot is the pending tax legislation. Ironically known as the SECURE Act, an acronym, the legislation is officially named, "Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement." The bill is likely to cause frantic last-minute tax maneuvering at the end of 2019.
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How Can We Help You Die In Peace?
"Financial peace of mind" is an overused term in financial services marketing. However, the help we provide in settling financial details of your estate indeed may bring you genuine—and eternal—peace of mind.
After you pass away, a personal representative, usually your executor, is required to prepare a regular income tax return in the year of your death (Form 1040). If any passive unearned income was paid to you after your death, for example, from real estate investments or businesses in which you are not an active participant, your executor must also file an estate income tax return (Form 1041). If you die this year, for example, your 1041 is going to be due on April 15th of the next year.
The executor of your estate also must apply for an EIN (Employer Identification Number). Your executor will also be responsible for informing various government entities, like the Social Security Administration, that you died. In addition, your personal representative or executor must provide detailed contact information where correspondence related to IRS and state tax filings can be sent.
In the unlikely event you have a taxable estate and trust—only about 1% of estates are federally taxable—your executor and trustee may need to file a Form 56, Notice Concerning Fiduciary Relationships, which arranges for the IRS to send tax correspondence. In addition, the estate will be required to tell the IRS if taxes will be paid annually on a calendar- or fiscal-year basis.
Where your death can become more complicated for your heirs, trustee, and executor is when they learn, after you're gone, that you underpaid the IRS. An executor or trustee would be obliged to confess to the IRS that you ran afoul of the rules and may owe them some money. Take comfort in knowing that the IRS often is forgiving about confessed mistakes.
As financial fiduciaries, we are available to counsel you on matters of trust and, yes, help you achieve financial peace of mind.
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