The Mutual Fund Tax Surprise!

Some tax planning tips for mutual fund investors From a tax planning viewpoint heading into the 2021 tax season, here are some great mutual fund tips to avoid a tax surprise. Unless noted otherwise, these tips assume your mutual fund investment is outside of a retirement account like a 401(k) or traditional IRA. Long-term gains…

Beware the Tax Torpedo!

Large retirement account balances can cause Social Security tax problems Building a nest egg and holding a majority of your assets in your retirement accounts as long as possible may seem like a good idea, but waiting longer than you need to start taking distributions can also cause a tax problem. When you reach age…

Keep Your Retirement Nest Egg Golden

Imagine retirement is on the horizon. You have saved for years and invested in a mix of stocks and bonds. You’ve garnered a healthy return. And though you often cringed when the market nosedived, you stood firm and resisted the temptation to panic. Now you want to retire, but you’re wondering what are the risks?…

Two five-year tests for Roth IRAs

The pros and cons of Roth IRAs, which were introduced 20 years ago, are well understood. All money flowing into Roth IRAs is after-tax, so there is no upfront tax benefit. As a tradeoff, all qualified Roth IRA distributions can be tax-free, including the parts of the distributions that are payouts of investment earnings. To…

New IRS Ruling May Rescue Estate Plans

President Trump’s campaign promise to abolish the federal estate tax may or may not be realized. Meanwhile, the “death tax” still exists, and it continues to be a major concern for high net-worth taxpayers, including the owners of successful small companies. If a deceased taxpayer has a surviving spouse, the estate of the deceased spouse…