A Trust Can Be A Mighty Financial Fortress
You may think of trusts as estate planning tools. While trusts can certainly fill that role, they are also useful for protecting assets, both now and later. Creditors, former business partners, ex-spouses, “spendthrift” children and taxes can all pose risks. Here is how trusts defend against asset protection challenges. To protect assets, your trust must […]
How to Choose a Guardian for Your Child
Having a child is a very exciting time in one’s life. There are many new firsts not just with the baby, but with the parents too. While the baby’s current needs take priority, the parents need to think about the future. What if something happens to you and your spouse? Who will care for your […]
How to Plan for a Tax-Efficient Retirement
Justin L. Sylvan
People today are living longer than ever. These longer life expectancies mean that your retirement savings may have to stretch for more years than you anticipated. Effective tax planning strategies will ensure that your retirement goals are met. Review Your Income Sources The first step is to estimate your cash needs in retirement and evaluate […]
Intrafamily Loans Offer Family Value
Jeffrey R. Green
When children or other family members need financial assistance, it may be tempting to simply hand them a check. But lending, rather than giving, money to your loved ones offers several advantages.
Maximize the Benefit of Nondeductible IRA Contributions
Many taxpayers choose to contribute to Roth IRA accounts because they provide for tax-free distributions in the future. However, not all people are eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA. If your income is too high, you may want to consider making nondeductible contributions to a traditional IRA.
Making the Most of the New Pass-Through Deduction
David M. Bowman
Many families use pass-through entities such as partnerships, limited liability companies and S corporations for financial, estate or succession-planning purposes. If you own interests in any such entities, it is important to familiarize yourself with the new 20% “pass-through” deduction contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Dollar Cost Averaging has an Unexpected Price Attached
Adam M. Levine
Many investors use dollar cost averaging (DCA) to reduce their average cost per share and lower the risk that they’ll make a substantial investment just before the market plummets. Although DCA offers some peace of mind, it also comes at a price.
Year-End Tax Planning for Investors
Adam J. Pechin
The end of the year is an ideal time to review your investment portfolio. You want to ensure that it is meeting your objectives and that the mix of assets continues to reflect your time horizon and risk tolerance. It is also a good point to implement strategies for reducing your 2018 tax bill.
Your Responsibility When Hiring Household Help
Jacqueline N. Janczewski
When you hire a housekeeper, nanny or other domestic worker, you do not just acquire an employee, but also a set of tax responsibilities. Proper filing and reporting enables your worker to build an employment record and gain access to Social Security, Medicare and other benefits. This also helps protect you from potentially expensive and time-consuming legal trouble.
Do You Trust Your Trustee?
Trusts are one of the most common estate planning options and are appealing for many reasons. However, they can be complicated to set up and difficult to keep updated for your lifetime planning. One of the big decisions you need to make when establishing a trust is who will act as trustee.