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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

March 1, 2004

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

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Estate Planning Strategies: How to Cut Estate Taxes by Selling Assets

February 1, 2004

Reduce estate and gift taxes by selling assets? You can do it, and picking the right strategy will provide more benefits for your heirs. Now is a good time to consider an asset sale, even an unusually good time. A sale freezes the estate’s value at the current price of the assets. With a recovering […]

Better Ways to Be Charitable

December 1, 2003

It is the charitable giving season, and the tax code is here to help you. Most folks will write checks of after-tax dollars to their favorite charities. A few shrewd taxpayers, however, will give in different ways, enabling them to get higher tax write offs and to provide more help to the charities. Before making […]

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How to Slash Mutual Fund Taxes

November 1, 2003

Mutual fund shareholders got a big boost to their bottom lines this year when the top tax rates on long-term capital gains and on dividends were reduced to 15%. Fund investors can get further tax reductions by carefully planning and reporting sales of fund shares. Here are steps to consider before year end. Don’t always […]

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Flexible Spending Accounts Tax Benefit

November 1, 2003

Taxpayers with flexible spending accounts might see their after-tax medical costs decline. The IRS recently announced that the cost of nonprescription drugs can be reimbursed by flexible spending accounts. Flexible spending accounts reimburse account holders for medical costs that are not covered by insurance. An employee has a portion of salary deposited into the account, […]

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How to Maximize After-Tax Returns

October 1, 2003

A few years ago, near the stock market top, I was talking with a frustrated financial advisor. He had a wealthy client who would not let the advisor sell the client’s large position in a major stock. The investor bought the position many years ago, held it through thick and thin, and had a large […]

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How To Withdraw Retirement Assets

September 1, 2003

The order in which you withdraw money from various retirement accounts affects how long your wealth lasts. Most of you have retirement assets in both tax deferred and taxable accounts. There is a lot of guidance available on how to choose the different accounts and even how to invest them. Despite its importance, you won’t […]

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How to Make Sure Home Sale Gains Are Tax Free

September 1, 2003

Those of you with two or more homes might owe more taxes on the sale of a home than you thought. Tax-free home sale gains also might be in danger for anyone owning an RV, camper, or boat. Those are the consequences of a recent court case. Under the ruling, the IRS and the courts […]

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