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How to Maximize Charitable Giving Tax Benefits in the New Tax Reform Law

March 9, 2018

Many savvy taxpayers will change their charitable giving strategies… now that they’ve had time to process the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. For years I’ve advised that writing checks to charities each year, or more frequently, is an inefficient way to donate. It’s even less efficient now. The latest tax law made several […]

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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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Which States Are the “New Best” Retirement Tax Havens?

November 17, 2017

Taxes, especially when all types of taxes are added together, are one of the largest expenses of most retirees. State and local taxes are a big portion of the taxes paid, and many people don’t realize the total they’re paying in all those taxes. Of course, some states are considered high-tax states and others are […]

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How to Navigate the “Kiddie Tax”

September 22, 2017

Shifting assets and income to your children and grandchildren can provide many benefits, including tax benefits. That’s why Congress set up hurdles to keep you from enjoying all the potential tax benefits. When planning gifts of investments to your loved ones, be aware of the Kiddie Tax. This tax was created in 1986 to reduce […]

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More Ways to Boost Medical Deductions

November 1, 2007

A small percentage of taxpayers deduct medical expenses. That is partly because of the deduction limits. It also is because many people do not know all the costs that qualify for medical expense deductions. Medical expenses can be deducted only by those who itemize expenses on Schedule A. They deduct only the medical and dental […]

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Surprising Tax Havens

October 1, 2007

State tax laws discriminate based on age, and that can be a good thing for some taxpayers. Even notoriously high tax states can be tax havens for retirees. In fact, Florida and other retiree magnets might not be the tax havens they are promoted as when the full tax picture is considered. Florida has no […]

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How To Avoid Costly IRA Mistakes

August 1, 2006

Though set up to help regular people save, IRAs are fraught with complicated tax rules. Missteps can be made without the owner knowing it until it is too late to correct the problem. The result often is higher taxes and penalties. Sometimes the result is reduced IRA options. Here are some little-known but very common […]

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