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06.14.21

So You Have Dipped Into Savings…What To Do Next With Your Retirement Account
Eileen Cozzi

Tapping an IRA, 401(k) plan or other tax-deferred accounts to pay current expenses can derail your retirement savings plan. Therefore, it should be viewed as a last resort. Unfortunately, many people reached that point in 2020 or earlier this year due to COVID-19’s financial impact. If you withdrew or plan to withdraw tax-deferred savings as […]

05.20.21

Three Tips for Making Retirement Less Taxing
Jacqueline N. Janczewski

Recent retirees are often surprised by the size of their tax bills. As they soon learn, income taxes during retirement can be significant. However, with some tax planning before retirement, it is possible to soften the blow. Here are three tips to consider implementing. Create a Bucket List This is not the kind of bucket […]

04.13.21

Family Businesses: Choosing the Right Exit Strategy  
Frank L. Washelesky

If you own a family business, it is likely one of your largest assets and it might be the most difficult to monetize. How you handle it can have a significant impact on your overall retirement and estate plans. There are a number of different exit strategies for a family business, including transferring to the […]

03.23.21

Value of an Estate Plan Review with a Second Marriage
Larry A. Ruff

Getting married for a second time can be an exciting time and a new chance at happiness. If you are planning to take another walk down the aisle, it is critical to take the time to review and revise your estate plan, especially if meaningful assets and debts are being brought into the marriage. Whether […]

02.11.21

How a Charitable Remainder Trust Can Work as a “Stretch IRA” Substitute
Peggy Vyborny

Until recently, if you named someone other than your spouse as the beneficiary of your IRA or qualified retirement plan, that person would have the option of taking distributions over his or her life expectancy. This strategy, commonly called a “stretch” IRA, offered significant advantages by allowing distributions to be spread over decades. But the […]

01.22.21

Considerations Before You Begin Social Security Benefits
Thomas Kosinski

The full retirement age for Social Security benefits, also called “normal retirement age,” is generally between ages 66 and 67. The age was set at 65 for many years. In 1983, Congress passed a law to raise the age because people are living longer and staying healthier in older age. The law raised the age by […]

12.21.20

What Was Old Is New Again With the “Kiddie Tax”
Thomas Vance

The changes made by the 2017 tax law – referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) – subjected a child’s unearned income to the estate and gift tax rates. Previously, the “kiddie tax” applied the parents’ marginal tax rate to a child’s unearned income in excess of a certain threshold ($2,200 in […]

11.24.20

Year-End Tax Planning for Challenging Times
Justin L. Sylvan

The public health, social, political and financial upheaval of 2020 has given taxpayers plenty of reasons to focus on things outside of their taxes. Our “new normal” has given many taxpayers reasons to worry about their futures, not only regarding health and employment but also retirement savings and future tax rates. However, it is important […]

10.14.20

Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans Offer Important Benefits — And Some Notable Risks
Adam M. Levine

Nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plans allow you to set aside large amounts of tax-deferred compensation — well beyond the contribution limits for 401(k)s and other qualified plans. Many NQDC plans also give you the flexibility to schedule distributions to align with your financial goals. However, NQDC plans also pose substantial risks, including loss of compensation […]

09.24.20

An Estate Plan Benefits You and Your Family
Jeffrey R. Green

Quick question: Who needs an estate plan? The answer is everyone, not just the affluent. While gift and estate tax liability is not an issue for most folks, most families can benefit from a comprehensive plan that divides their wealth, protects their well-being and provides a compass for the future. Asset distribution Estate planning is […]

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