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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 Changing Picture of State Taxes

September 1, 2005

State and local taxes are a higher portion of retirees’ expenses than in the past. These taxes are a more important factor in people’s decisions of where to live in retirement. Yet, many people are making decisions with the wrong information. If state and local taxes are important to you, do not rely on information […]

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New Rules for Donating Used Cars

August 1, 2005

Plans need to be revised by taxpayers who intended to reap big tax breaks by donating used cars, boats, or planes to charity. Congress rewrote the law in 2004, and the IRS recently issued rules explaining the new law. Under the old law, a taxpayer could donate a used car to charity and deduct the […]

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Estate Planning Update on Estate Tax Reform

August 1, 2005

There could be big changes in the estate and gift tax law by this fall. The House of Representatives passed a permanent, full repeal of the estate tax. The Senate is not willing to go that far but is likely to pass a bill that repeals the estate tax for all but a small number […]

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Get a Jump on Charitable Giving

July 1, 2005

Charitable giving tends to be clustered in the last couple of months of the year. But if you want to maximize charitable giving and your after-tax wealth, begin your charitable gift planning now. Instead of rushing the process in the busy year-end period, take the time today to plan the best way to make gifts […]

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End of the AMT?

July 1, 2005

The Alternative Minimum Tax might be nearing its end. Powerful U.S. senators announced their plan to pass a termination of the AMT by the end of 2005. If they are successful, many middle class and upper middle class Americans will breathe easier. But even if the senators are successful, you still must fear getting trapped […]

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How to Maximize Retirement Community Write Offs

June 1, 2005

Two surprises await many new residents of the popular continuing care retirement communities. These surprises are two tax issues that are different from those the residents are used to. Most of these comprehensive retirement communities provide a combination of residential services and medical care. The communities usually include at least independent living, assisted living, and […]

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How to Find the Highest After-Tax Yields

May 1, 2005

The highest-yielding investment might not pay you the highest after-tax income. That is because of the different tax rates created by the 2003 tax law. Investors who seek the highest yield following the old rules might have less cash to spend than they could have. Interest from bonds, certificates of deposit, money market funds, real […]

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Using and Misusing the Marital Deduction for Estate Tax Planning

April 1, 2005

The marital deduction is key to most estate plans of married couples. It can wipe out the entire estate tax liability. But misuse of the marital deduction can create a larger long-term tax bill or cause non-tax problems. Let’s look at how to use the marital deduction and avoid misusing it. The estate tax is […]

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