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2017 Tax Reform: A Game Changer for Retirement? (Part 2)

February 2, 2018

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. […]

The Complete Retirement Finance Guide to New Tax Law Changes in 2018

January 26, 2018

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 […]

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How to Make Home Sale Gains Tax Free

February 1, 2007

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 […]

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How to Shield Large Capital Gains

October 1, 2006

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 […]

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How to Boost Returns with Year-End Tax Planning

September 1, 2005

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 […]

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Is It Better to Pay Taxes Now?

April 1, 2005

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. […]

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Tapping that New Real Estate Wealth

November 1, 2004

Managing the equity in appreciated homes and second homes has become a pleasant and unexpected challenge for many. Especially on the coasts, residential real estate values soared the last five years. Suddenly owners, especially long-time owners, have properties that are more valuable than they imagined. For many families, real estate wealth exceeds the value of […]

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Homeowner’s Hidden Tax Time Bomb

May 1, 2004

Many older homeowners are facing a problem that a few years ago was considered unthinkable. These homeowners face taxable capital gains on the sale of their homes, despite the generous $500,000 exemption for married couples. The red hot real estate market of the last five years in many areas has pushed many longtime homeowners into […]

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