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How Medical Expenses Before Year End May Pay Off

The PATH Act of 2015 is not the only recent tax law affecting year-end planning this year. One provision of the Affordable Care Act, passed back in 2010, comes into play now. For taxpayers age 65 or older, it may pay to incur optional medical expenses by December 31, 2016. Under the Affordable Care Act,Continue reading →

Savvy Planning Minimizes IRA Withdrawal Bite

Many people save money for retirement in a traditional IRA. The funds might have come from annual IRA contributions, or from rolling over an employer sponsored retirement account such as a 401(k). Either way, the dollars in your traditional IRA are probably pretax, so they’ll be taxed on withdrawal. You can leave the money inContinue reading →

How Medical Expenses Before Year End May Pay Off

The PATH Act of 2015 is not the only recent tax law affecting year-end planning this year. One provision of the Affordable Care Act, passed back in 2010, comes into play now. For taxpayers age 65 or older, it may pay to incur optional medical expenses by December 31, 2016. Under the Affordable Care Act,Continue reading →

Year End Business Tax Planning

The PATH Act’s many provisions also include a permanent increase in the amounts allowed under IRC Section 179, which permits rapid deduction (expensing) of funds spent for business equipment. For 2015, expensing up to $500,000 of equipment was allowed with no phaseout beginning at $2 million of purchases. For 2016, the inflation adjusted amount isContinue reading →

Savvy Planning Minimizes IRA Withdrawal Bite

Many people save money for retirement in a traditional IRA. The funds might have come from annual IRA contributions, or from rolling over an employer sponsored retirement account such as a 401(k). Either way, the dollars in your traditional IRA are probably pretax, so they’ll be taxed on withdrawal. You can leave the money inContinue reading →

The Benefits of Employee Wellness Programs

A 2016 report from the Society for Human Resource Management found that 78% of surveyed businesses offered wellness benefits to their employees. It’s true that wellness programs are most common in large corporations, but small companies also can offer these benefits and reap the advantages. Generally, wellness programs may improve worker morale and perhaps lead toContinue reading →

Investing in Gold Can Be Taxing

Investment asset classes include precious metals, especially gold. Enthusiasts cite several reasons for including gold in a diversified portfolio. If governments print money to cover increasing obligations, gold may act as an inflation hedge. Moreover, gold can offer a safe haven in times of geopolitical upheaval: in mid-2016, for example, when Great Britain voted toContinue reading →

Financial Planning Tips for Expecting Families

The arrival of a newborn is a joyous occasion! Even while emotions are at their peak, though, you shouldn’t neglect the practical aspects. Several steps should be taken to protect the family’s finances, and the sooner the better. If you or someone you know is expecting, these are important factors to keep in mind: StartContinue reading →

Avoid Using IRA Money to Buy a Business

Business owners may need capital to support growth, and the money in their IRA can be tempting. Nevertheless, the pitfalls can be steep, as illustrated in a recent Tax Court case (Thiessen v. Commissioner, 146 T.C. No. 7 [3/29/16]). Here, the court ruled that because a married couple had entered into prohibited transactions with respectContinue reading →

Make the Most of Financial Aid

If you or your child are enrolling in higher education and are now facing tuition costs, you are familiar with the steep price tag. Another post this month discusses the importance of knowing what aid opportunities are available to your family in order to make the actual cost more manageable.  The greater the financial aid,Continue reading →