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Far too many investors give the IRS far too much of their money. Why? Because they don’t know a few simple rules. Chances are, you already know the basics of computing capital gains taxes when you sell shares, stocks and mutual funds. You have a gain or loss that is determined by subtracting your tax […]
Editor’s Note: This week, we’re continuing our deep dive into the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Click here to get caught up on Part 1 of our story: The 2017 Tax Reform Law and Your Retirement Finances Some readers are asking about the charitable contribution deduction, of which there are a few changes. […]
It’s the #1 burning question on my readers’ minds these days… What are the most important individual income tax changes I need to know in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017? (It was signed into law in late December) First off, most of the individual income tax changes are in effect from 2018 […]
The most important number on your federal income tax return is on line 37, the last line on the first page of Form 1040. It’s your adjusted gross income (AGI). For retirees, AGI is even more important than for most other taxpayers. Your taxable income used to be the most important line on your return, […]
The tax rules for selling a home are generous, but not generous enough for many homeowners on the coasts and in resort areas. Many of these homeowners have gains that exceed the tax free amount. Knowing the ins and outs of the rules can boost your tax-exempt gains. Owners of more than one home also […]
Successful investors and business owners always face a tax planning dilemma. If they sell their highly appreciated assets, they owe capital gains taxes. Even at today’s low top federal rate of 15%, the tax can amount to a sizeable chunk of money. People do not like their net worth to decline by that amount with […]
Don’t wait until later in the year to do year-end investment tax planning. The start of fall is the best time to make and begin implementing your plan. Year-end planning – with accompanying asset sales – will occur later in the year for most people. Mutual funds will do their fiscal year-end sales in late […]
Tax planning was turned on its head by the last couple of tax laws. Several key planning rules need revisions for those who want to maximize after-tax wealth. One of the oldest tax planning rules is that it is better to defer a tax whenever possible. Paying taxes tomorrow is better than paying them today. […]