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Bob Carlson of Retirement Watch on how to manage your taxes and planning strategies to pay less

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Retirement Tax Strategy: Are You a Trader or Investor?

April 13, 2018

Retirees often earn most of their income from their investments. As such, interest, dividends and capital gains often pay the bulk of their expenses. Some retirees devote so much time and attention to their investment portfolios that they believe investing has become their job or business. And that begs the question:  Can a retiree – […]

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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 […]

The 6 Biggest Risks to your Retirement

What you don’t know about retirement can hurt you. In fact, just a few wrong decisions in your investments, taxes, or estate planning could completely derail your retirement plans. Worse yet, the rules of the game keep changing, making it harder to keep up with. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here for free access.

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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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Understanding the Rules of IRA Contributions

September 2, 2016

Contributing to an individual retirement account (IRA) is an action that every account holder should be familiar with and comfortable doing.  While, on the surface, contributing may seem like a simple enough part of managing an IRA, it is actually an incredibly important pillar of the retirement finance sector. As an experienced IRA owner can […]

Estate Tax Tricks, Traps for Married Couples

April 3, 2016

Too many married couples are making a big mistake. They believe current estate tax law exempts them from having to plan or consider estate taxes in their plans. That misunderstanding could lead to problems. While the estate tax law enacted in early 2013 has many benefits, you need to know how to maximize them. Two […]

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