CONSIDER THE FLEXIBILITY OF A SELF-DIRECTED IRA

By | August 12th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Retirement|

Traditional and Roth IRAs can be relatively “safe” retirement-savings vehicles, depending on what they’re invested in.  But a drawback is that they limit your investment choices.  A self-directed IRA gives you more flexibility in your investment choices but comes with greater risk as well. GAINING MORE CONTROL A self-directed IRA is simply an IRA that [...]

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ENSURING YOUR LONG-TERM CARE POLICY IS TAX-QUALIFIED

By | July 1st, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Retirement, Taxation|

A long-term care insurance policy supplements your traditional health insurance by covering services that assist you or a loved one with one or more activities of daily living.  Such activities include eating, bathing, dressing, toileting and transferring (in and out of bed, for example). Long-term care coverage is relatively expensive, but it may be possible [...]

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WEIGH THE TAX IMPACT OF INCOME VS. GROWTH WHEN INVESTING

By | March 11th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Estate planning, Retirement, Uncategorized|

As the 2018 tax-filing season heats up, investors have much to consider.  Whether you structured your portfolio to emphasize income over growth – or vice versa, or perhaps a balance of the two – will have a substantial impact on your tax liability.  Let’s take a look at a couple of the most significant “big [...]

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THROWING SNOWBALLS AT YOUR MOUNTAIN OF DEBT

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

 Many people start the year intending to get out of debt, yet end the year owing just as much, if not more.  One approach that might yield success is called “throwing snowballs.” Under this method, you organize your debts from the lowest balance to the highest balance and begin paying off the debt on top [...]

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7 WAYS TO PREVENT ELDER FINANCIAL ABUSE

By | January 28th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Estate planning, Retirement|

As tax season ramps up, so do the efforts of scam artists looking to steal people’s financial data and money.  Such fraudulent activities often target older adults.  Whether you’re in this age bracket or worry about senior parents and other relatives, here are seven ways to prevent elder financial abuse: Keep both paper and online [...]

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Installment Sales A Viable Option For Transferring Assets

By | January 7th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Estate planning, Retirement, Taxation|

Are you considering transferring real estate, a family business or other assets you expect to appropriate dramatically in the future? If so, installment sale may be a viable option.  Its benefits include the ability to freeze asset values for estate tax purposes and remove future appreciation from your taxable estate. GIVING AWAY VS. SELLING From [...]

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