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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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The Overlooked ‘Triple Tax-Saving’ Estate Planning Tactic

July 4, 2021

Estate Planning advisors agree that one of the most underused estate planning strategies is the charitable remainder trust (CRT). That might change. New trends are making CRTs more attractive for estate planning. Taxpayers with appreciated property should take a fresh look at CRTs as part of their retirement and estate planning strategies. In a CRT, […]

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Home Mortgage Interest Deduction: The Tax Break That Can Cost You Money

June 6, 2021

People frequently tell me that they took a financial action – at least partly – “because it would save a few tax dollars.” Too often, a careful analysis of the situation reveals the action leaves them with fewer after-tax dollars. A classic case is the mortgage interest deduction. People often believe that owning a home […]

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How Long Should You Keep Tax Returns?

May 30, 2021

You probably think you know how long to retain tax returns, because you’ve heard the standard answer. Yet the standard answer is wrong. You probably learned that you should keep a tax return for at least three years after filing it. The reason for the three-year answer is that the IRS has up to three […]

Avoid the Tax Breaks That Cost You Money

May 26, 2021

People frequently tell me that they took a financial action at least partly “because it would save a few tax dollars.” Too often, a careful analysis of the situation reveals the action leaves them with fewer after-tax dollars.A classic case is the mortgage interest deduction. People often believe that owning a home with a mortgage […]

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This Could be the Best Time to Make Low-Interest Family Loans

May 26, 2021

The low- or no-interest family loan is one of the best strategies to hedge against the numerous changes proposed in income and estate taxes and take advantage of today’s low interest rates. A family loan reduces income and estate taxes under the current law but also has flexibility so it can be adapted to almost […]

Maximizing the Power of Donor-Advised Funds

April 27, 2021

Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in 2017, use of donor-advised funds (DAFs) is soaring. They remain one of the best ways for many people to maximize the tax benefits of charitable giving. Contributions to DAFs increased by 80% from 2015 to 2019, according to the National Philanthropic Trust (NPT). Grantmaking from […]

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Tax Court Shows Risks in Self-Directed IRAs & Unconventional Investments

April 18, 2021

A self-directed IRA is a good way to invest your retirement account in non-traditional investments. But a recent Tax Court decision shows the dangers of taking shortcuts and not setting up and operating the IRA the right way. In the case, the taxpayer had a SEP-IRA (Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Arrangement). The custodian was […]

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How to Get Tax Breaks for Helping Relatives [2021 Tax Write-Off Update]

April 11, 2021

It is common for family members to help other family members, financially. It is also common for these families to leave money on the table by not taking all the tax breaks they could from these situations. Often, adult children provide financial or other support for their parents, though other situations do arise. Sometimes, the […]

July 2022:
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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