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As the successful business owner nears retirement, one of life’s more difficult questions must be faced: What to do with the business? In the past, I’ve covered estate planning strategies that can be used to transfer the business to the next generation. But often a family member does not want to take over the business. […]
It is decision time for Roth IRA conversions. By letting the decision slip past Dec. 31 you miss a very profitable gift from Congress. As you probably know, Congress created the Roth IRA, which accumulates income and gains tax free, and from which all withdrawals are tax free. Another benefit of the Roth IRA is […]
In the next few weeks you could add thousands of dollars to your net worth. Market volatility and new tax rules give you the best opportunity in years to reduce your income taxes with year-end moves. Here are some actions to consider between now and Dec. 31 to slash the amount you owe Uncle Sam. […]
Some of you are old enough to remember when Social Security benefits were free of income taxes, as originally promised. Now they can be taxed at a rate of up to 85%, if you are considered a high income retiree. (My report, Retirement Tax Guide has details. Call customer service at 800-552-1152 for information.) Year-end […]
The old tax shelter industry promised something it couldn’t deliver: Tax breaks followed by a stream of income. Those limited partnerships never seemed to deliver the income, and some of the tax breaks were disallowed. But there is a strategy that will deliver current tax breaks with lifetime income, and it is tailor-made for retirees. […]
There’s a special tax shelter available only to owners of corporations. The shelter allows you to make a substantial contribution to charity using your corporation’s money, take the deduction on your own tax return, and avoid capital gains taxes on your stock profits. To make this deal work, you have to plan carefully and execute […]
The tax law can make the simplest decisions difficult. For example, which investments should be put in your tax deferred accounts, and which in your taxable accounts? The answers might not be what you think. A little over a year ago I challenged the conventional wisdom on how best to split your investments between taxable […]
I keep scratching for traps in the new Roth IRAs. Surely Congress and the President wouldn’t create a vehicle with a genuine incentive to save and invest, I cynically think. But it is tough to find a major trap in the Roth IRA. In fact, there seem to be many attractive ways to use Roth […]