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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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How To Make The Most Of Your Tax Cuts

July 1, 2003

Another major tax cut rolled through Congress by the end of May, providing significant benefits to all investors. You might need to change some of your tax and investment strategies to reap the maximum benefits of the new law. There also are a few traps to avoid. Let’s take a look at the basics of […]

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How to Maximize Shelter and Growth in Second Homes

May 1, 2003

Stocks and second home sales both soared during the 1990s. They parted ways in the 2000s. While stocks turned south, prices of second homes continued to climb. It is no coincidence. More people are turning to second homes as investment alternatives. The National Association of Realtors reports that purchases of second homes for investment purposes […]

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New Rules On Tax Free Home Sales

May 1, 2003

The IRS recently made it easier to cash out a principal residence tax free by plugging gaps and uncertainties in the 1997 rules on tax-free gains. The IRS filled the gaps in ways that are generous to taxpayers. Previously, anyone with a deductible home office had to separate the tax basis and sale proceeds of […]

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How to Reduce Tax on Social Security

February 1, 2003

Each year more seniors pay taxes on Social Security benefits than did the year before, and those who already were taxed pay more. That is an inevitable result of the way the tax is structured, unless you take action to reverse things. The benefits are taxable when adjusted gross income exceeds certain levels. One big […]

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Most Overlooked Deducations

February 1, 2003

Many taxpayers don’t take all the deductions to which they are entitled. Some think all the good deductions were eliminated in the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Others are afraid that the IRS will audit them for taking certain deductions. A lack of good records is the problem for a number of taxpayers. For most […]

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Don’t Forget Estate Planning Gift Tax Returns

January 1, 2003

Failing to file a gift tax return is a common mistake that fouls up many estate plans. The gift tax return rules are not what most people think, and that leads to many mistakes and penalties. A gift tax return (Form 709) might be due even if no gift taxes are owed. Gifts are tax […]

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How to Start The Tax Year Off Right

January 1, 2003

Income tax returns for 2002 will occupy some of your time in the next few months. My advice is to complete the return early, even if you let it sit and don’t mail it for a while. The 2002 return can be a tax planning tool for 2003. Many tax and economic changes make the […]

Deducting Variable Annuity Losses

December 1, 2002

A big tax issue for many investors is whether or not losses in a Variable Annuity are deductible. It is possible to deduct a variable annuity loss. There is some disagreement, however, over where on the tax return to deduct the loss. To deduct the loss, the annuity has to be sold (liquidated). Shifting investments […]

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