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Beat Taxes on Social Security Benefits

Beat Taxes On Social Security Benefits

May 1, 2001

The 90% marginal tax bracket is alive and well. Most people believe that such high marginal tax rates ended with the 1981 and 1986 tax cuts. For most taxpayers, they did. But those high marginal tax rates exist today and are reserved for retirees. Many of you who recently completed your federal income tax returns […]

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Should I Empty My IRA Early?

April 1, 2001

It is not always a good idea to keep money in an IRA as long as possible. In most cases, it makes sense to let income and gains compound tax deferred for many years. But that can change as you get older. You might benefit by taking more money out of an IRA than you […]

Surprising Retiree Tax Havens

Surprising Retiree Tax Havens

September 1, 2000

Did you know that you might be able to move from low-tax Virginia, retire in Massachusetts, and cut your tax bill dramatically? That’s true, if you are a federal government retiree. Your government pension annuity is exempt from taxes in Massachusetts and several other states, but not in Virginia. Florida seems like a tax haven, […]

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Avoid This #1 Retirement Mistake

July 1, 2000

What’s the biggest mistake in retirement plans? From what I see, it is failing fully to factor inflation into their planning. Retirement these days often lasts 20 years or more. To be safe, you should plan on living to age 90. Over that time inflation can make a safe, comfortable stream of income uncomfortably tight, […]

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The Most Common Life Insurance Mistake

May 1, 2000

Following rules of thumb can be dangerous to your wealth. Yet rules of thumb are the way many people decide how much life insurance to purchase. That’s why most people have either too much or too little life insurance. It’s one of the major financial mistakes. Buy too much life insurance, and you are wasting […]

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How to Keep More of your Social Security Benefits

April 1, 2000

There’s great news from Washington. Repeal of the “earned income limit” on Social Security beneficiaries passed Congress, and President Clinton said he would sign it. The bad news is income taxes still are imposed on Social Security benefits. Under the earned income limit, a beneficiary who receives “too much” income from working loses some of […]

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How to Deal with Medigap Premiums

April 1, 2000

Premiums for Medicare supplement insurance are climbing again. Insurers report premium increases of 10% and more. For some policies, the premiums will increase over 40%. The sharpness of the increase depends on your state and the type of policy you have. The highest premium increases are for Medigap policies covering prescription drugs. Of the 10 […]

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Strategies for Year End Tax Savings

October 1, 1999

Tax planning always is trickiest for senior Americans. And it will be especially tricky this year. The tax law has a number of traps designed specifically to get seniors. The biggest trap is the tax on those Social Security benefits that used to be tax-free. If your adjusted gross income exceeds $32,000 ($25,000 for single […]

November 2020:

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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