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Taxes in Retirement

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

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Big Tax Breaks For No Cash

February 1, 1999

You might be eligible for one of the sweetest tax breaks in the law. The break can net you tens of thousands of dollars in tax breaks without your having to shell out any cash beyond some lawyer’s and appraiser’s fees. Some experts call it the tax break for giving away air. The tax break […]

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Tax-Wise Ways To Sell A Business

January 10, 1999

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. […]

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Last Chance for Roth IRA Conversions

December 1, 1998

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 […]

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How to Reduce Taxes on Social Security Benefits

November 1, 1998

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 […]

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Beware The New Alternative Minimum Tax Law

November 1, 1998

The alternative minimum tax used to be reserved only for the super wealthy, to make it hard to use tax breaks to eliminate income taxes. Under the AMT, certain tax breaks are added to your adjusted gross income. Then an exemption amount is subtracted, and the AMT tax rate is applied to the difference. If […]

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Strategies for Year-End Tax Savings

November 1, 1998

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. […]

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Roth IRA Updates

October 1, 1998

Virtually any question you have about Roth IRAs has its answer on the World Wide Web. There are a number of web sites focusing on roth iras. Perhaps your best starting point is www.rothira.com, a site devoted exclusively to Roth IRAs. You’ll find articles on line and references to books and seminars, as well as […]

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More Savings From The Latest Tax Law

October 1, 1998

In last month’s visit I gave you the main course from the buffett of changes in the latest tax law, enacted in July. There was a lot packed into that law, so here are a few side dishes you should know about. Roth IRAs. Most people are concerned with putting money into Roth IRAs or […]

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