ACCOUNTING FOR THE NEAR AND THE LONG TERM IN A FAMILY BUDGET

By | February 29th, 2020|Estate planning, Uncategorized|

A wise person once said, “Simplicity is the key to a family budget.” (He or she may or may not have been an accountant.)  However, it also needs to be comprehensive enough to cover all necessary items.  To find the right balance, a budget should cover two distinct facets of family members’ lives: the near [...]

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CAREFUL TAX PLANNING REQUIRED FOR INCENTIVE STOCK OPTIONS

By | February 17th, 2020|Accounting and Auditing, Business, Estate planning, Retirement, Uncategorized|

Incentive stock options (ISOs) are a popular form of compensation for executives and other key employees.  They allow you to buy company stock in the future at a fixed price equal to or greater than the stock’s fair market value on the ISO grant date.  If the stock appreciates, you can buy shares at a [...]

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DO YOU KNOW YOUR TAX BRACKET?

By | January 27th, 2020|Accounting and Auditing, Business, Estate planning, Taxation|

Although the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) generally reduced individual tax rates through 2025, there’s no guarantee you’ll receive a refund or lower tax bill.  Some taxpayers have actually seen their taxes go up because of reductions or eliminations of certain tax breaks.  For this reason, it’s important to know your bracket. Some single [...]

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LIVING THE DREAM OF EARLY RETIREMENT

By | November 25th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Estate planning, Retirement, Taxation|

Many people dream of retiring early so they can pursue activities other than work, such as volunteering, traveling and pursuing their hobbies full-time.  But making this dream a reality requires careful planning and diligent saving during the years leading up to the anticipated retirement date. It all starts with retirement savings accounts such as IRAs [...]

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ACT NOW TO SAVE 2019 TAXES ON YOUR INVESTMENTS

By | November 18th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Estate planning, Retirement, Taxation|

Do you have investments outside of tax-advantaged retirement plan? If so, you might still have time to reduce your 2019 tax bill by selling some investments – you just need to carefully select which investments you sell. BALANCE GAINS AND LOSSES If you’ve sold investments at a gain this year, consider selling some losing investments [...]

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MAKING GIFTS TO LOVED ONES? DON’T FORGET TAX PLANNING

By | November 11th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Estate planning, Taxation|

Many people want to pass assets to the next generation during their lifetimes, whether to reduce the size of their taxable estates, to help family members or simply to see their loved ones enjoy the gifts.  If you’re considering lifetime gifts, be aware that the type of assets you give can produce substantially different tax [...]

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