Bob Carlson of Retirement Watch on how to manage your taxes and planning strategies to pay less
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As this article explains, after tax reform there aren’t too many investment expenses that are deductible on your individual income tax return. That can be a blow to people who were paying annual fees for financial planning and other investment services. But there are a few investment-related expenses you might be able to deduct. Prior […]
Why bother with trusts when less than 1% of estates will pay estate or gift taxes? Many people are understandably, but mistakenly, thinking that way. Traditionally, tax savings were the primary reason to use trusts. But in 2018, individual estates worth up to $11.18 million are exempt from estate and gift taxes. Thanks to the […]
Many estate plans fail, and often not because of any flaws in the documents or the plans. Estate plan failures frequently occur in the implementation and execution. Especially important are actions taken by others, often your children. They’re likely to be the ones putting key parts of the plan into action, not you. To ensure […]
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 – […]
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. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here today for free access.
Interest rates have increased since late 2017, but not enough to help most retirees. Traditional retirement income investments still pay yields near historic lows. Yet, risks are high because interest rates are rising and investors seeking yields have stretched the values of high-yielding investments. In this seminar, you’ll learn how to navigate this difficult situation. […]
In the April issue of Retirement Watch, I explain the steps to take to ensure you’ve legally changed your state of residence. If you don’t take the right steps, a state you thought you moved from might try to assess income taxes on you or estate taxes on your estate. Here’s the most recent case […]
The tax code and your bank might disagree on whether or not you have a home equity loan, and the difference could reduce your taxes. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated home equity interest deductions on individual tax returns for years after December 31, 2017. It doesn’t matter when the loan was taken out. […]
Tax reform made tax diversification even more valuable and important. Tax diversification allows you to manage your tax bracket by planning and controlling distributions during retirement. When properly done, under the new tax rate tables, many middle-income retirees will be able to stay in the 0% federal income tax bracket for most of retirement. To […]