Category: Taxes

10 Recent Economic Headlines and What They Mean for Your Money (Will Roth Conversions Be Scrapped?)

As summer ends and the economy continues to reopen, there has been a lot of significant economic news. Here are 10 recent headlines and what each of them means for your money. Some of these headlines report on events that have happened. Others are anticipating future events. Each may have a significant impact on your…

The Grapes of … Roth Conversion: A Fruitful Strategy for Retirement Wealth

Tax deferred? Tax free? Tax advantaged? It might sometimes feel a bit taxing to think about the tax implications of a Roth conversion. However, it is probably worth your brain power because a Roth conversion can be tremendously beneficial in the right circumstances. What is a Roth Account? A Roth account is a type of…

Early Retirement Income: 5 Ways to Make Penalty-Free Withdrawals from Your Retirement Accounts BEFORE You Turn 59.5

Early retirement is a dream for many. However, a really early retirement is fairly rare. According to research published on LIMRA, only about 20% of all Americans retire in their 50s or before — with most of those happening after age 55. For those that do retire early, figuring out how to fund expenses can…

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How Making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) Can Save You Tax Money

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) are not only a way to help great causes and those in need, but they are also a way to manage your tax exposure and avoid unpleasant surprises.  For people who are at least 70 ½, and who don’t need income (or who simply want to avoid the income tax) from…

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How Are Different Retirement Income Sources Taxed? And, How Does Tax Withholding Work in Retirement?

Retirement tax planning is a critical part of preparing for a secure future. The good news is that with so many possible retirement income sources, you have many different opportunities to potentially reduce your tax burden. And, you may even discover that reducing taxes can enable you to retire a little earlier than you might…

The Best Investments for Children and Grandchildren: Consider a 529 Savings Plan

Many grandparents and parents strive to help their children pay for college. But there are smart–and not as smart–ways to assist them. The gratification of being a grandparent can stem from the ability to help shape another generation. Part of this gratification comes from helping grandkids pursue educational goals, including attending college. “We find a lot…

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How to Manage Retirement Withdrawals to Pay Less in Taxes and Maximize Income

Much has been written about saving and accumulating enough for retirement. But that’s only half the battle. Once you reach retirement, it is important that you manage your retirement withdrawals from various accounts as tax-efficiently as possible. Taxes will likely be one of your biggest expenses in retirement. A tax-efficient withdrawal strategy can be the…

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Net Unrealized Appreciation (NUA): The Tax Smart Way to Handle Company Stock in a Rollover

If you have company stock in a 401(k), you will want to learn about Net Unrealized Appreciation (NUA) and how to minimize taxes when you rollover these funds to an IRA. Should You Rollover? Once you leave a job, or reach age 59 ½ you have the option to move your 401(k) into an Individual…

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