Bob Carlson of Retirement Watch on how to manage your taxes and planning strategies to pay less
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As you know, IRAs and other retirement plans are included in the estate of the owner… And subject to federal estate taxes — when the estate is valuable enough. Here’s what many people don’t know: Unlike other assets, the tax basis of IRAs is not increased to current fair market value by those who inherit […]
The number of health savings accounts (HSAs) is soaring, but most account holders fail to take full advantage of the retirement planning power of HSAs. There were more than 30 million HSAs holding about $82.2 billion at the end of 2020, according to an estimate from Devenir, a firm that offers investment services to health-based […]
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, […]
Many people want to save income taxes today and create a stream of retirement income in the future. The FLIP trust, especially the FLIP-CRUT, is a venerable way to accomplish both goals.The FLIP-CRUT strategy begins with a charitable remainder trust (CRT). An individual (known as the grantor) executes a trust agreement creating a CRT and […]
What you don’t know about retirement can hurt you. In fact, just a few wrong decisions in your investments, taxes, or estate planning could completely derail your retirement plans. Worse yet, the rules of the game keep changing, making it harder to keep up. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here today for free access.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]