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The Truth About Retiring Overseas

December 1, 1999

We’ve all heard and imagined the fantasies of living at least part of our retirement years overseas. You probably read articles and mail promotions describing overseas “retirement edens” and describing how you can live like a king on a couple thousand dollars a month. And of course, there are those fabulous tax breaks. It all […]

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How to Beat Little-Known Estate Plan Traps

December 1, 1999

It’s the little things that often sabotage an estate plan. You can work with your estate planner to get the right gifting program, trusts, and other strategies. But a mundane detail or two still could undo a lot of your work. Whether the estate is a few hundred thousand dollars or millions of dollars, it […]

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Big Benefits from an Overlooked Charitable Trust

December 1, 1999

Let’s take a strategy we developed last month, build on it, and turn it into something very powerful. In the “defective” grantor trust we discussed last month the grantor of the trust is taxed on all its income, but the trust is excluded from the grantor’s estate. The combination lets you leave more tax-free dollars […]

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A “Defective” Trust That Saves You Money

November 1, 1999

Sometimes when Congress closes one tax loophole it creates another. This is especially likely when Congress doesn’t coordinate the income and estate tax sections of the law. That’s how complicated the tax law is. And it opens up an opportunity for you with “grantor trusts.” A grantor trust in the income tax law is one […]

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Effective Estate Planning Strategies

November 1, 1999

Almost no estate plan is a lost cause. An estate can be improved when it appears to be too late. In fact, heirs and beneficiaries can make some smart moves to reduce taxes even after the loved one has passed away. Whenever you are dealing with someone else’s estate, you should be aware that a […]

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How To Do Good And Save Big On Taxes

November 1, 1999

For last-minute tax deductions, your best move these days often is to make charitable contributions. Whether you sold a business or investment or just have more income than expected, charitable contributions are a great way to bring taxes down. But you have to be careful. Charitable contribution deductions are such attractive tax reduction devices these […]

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An Important Supplement to a Living Will

November 1, 1999

A document that is an essential element of every estate plan is one that gives directions for health care when you are unable to make decisions. Many people say they want to die with dignity and without running up a lot of costs for futile health care, sometimes called “heroic efforts.” But your wishes in […]

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New Rules Help IRAs Last For Decades

October 1, 1999

New rulings from the IRS make it easier to preserve your IRA for a generation or more. Your children and grandchildren can use tax deferral even longer, and IRAs can be customized for each heir. But you have to take action to benefit from these rulings, and you should leave instructions for your heirs. Otherwise, […]

January 2021:

Congress Comes for your Retirement Money

A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.
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