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The Danger Of Having No Strategy Or Ignoring Tax Efficient Investing Strategies

By Dr. Jeff Camarda EA, PhD Financial Planning, MSFS, CFA | REQUEST FREE CONSULTATION This is without question the most fundamental mistake made by taxpayers and their tax advisors/preparers. For some reason, this industry...
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5 Smart Ways To Spend Your Tax Refund

Not sure how to wisely spend your tax refund. Find out the best 5 Smart Ways To Spend Your Tax Refund and set yourself up for future financial success. ...
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Getting Ready to File Your Taxes? Don't Miss This Checklist

Tax season is upon us again. April 15th may be the official deadline to file, but it's now time to start gathering everything you'll need so you aren't scrambling in the eleventh hour.   Whether you're planning on doing...
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What Everyone Ought to Know about Donating to Charity

Thinking of spreading some holiday joy this season by donating to a cause that’s near and dear to you?   The holiday season is a time when many people feel inspired to give to causes they want to support. But if...
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Giving to Charity for the First Time? Read This First

It's that time of year where many people's thoughts turn to those in need. The holidays can inspire people to adopt a generous mood. You're thankful for the blessings youve received and want to pay it forwardand you've...
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End-of-Year Tax Planning

By Paula Pant. April 15th isn't the only deadline you need to keep in mind when it comes to staying on top of your taxes. Truly savvy planners also watch for December 31st, which is the cutoff to make some clever moves to...
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Help, I Didn't Pay Enough Quarterly! Tax Bill Rescues for the Self-Employed

SUMMARY: Sole proprietors face financial challenges, but when those include underpaying quarterly taxes they're asking for trouble with IRS. If you've paid too little, or missed quarterly payments, here's how to bring your...
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The Complete Guide to 2014 Tax Filing for Same-Sex Married Couples

By Paula Pant. March 8, 2014 In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, otherwise known as DOMA. This decision revolutionizes tax-filing for married, same-sex couples. (Who thought...
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Should I Buy or Rent My Home? Six Crucial Factors You Should Consider

By Paula Pant March 5th, 2014 How many times have you heard this phrase: "I'm tired of throwing money away on rent." -- or -- "If you're renting, you're throwing money away." Our society holds a pervasive myth that rent...
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Stop! Before You Buy a House, Ask Yourself These 5 Questions

By Paula Pant March 19th, 2014 A home can be a wise purchase, but don't get in over your head. Too many people jump into buying a house without giving it enough thought, simply because it seems like the next "thing to...
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8 Ways to Save on Taxes in 2014

By Paula Pant. Nobody enjoys paying more in taxes than they should. And most people understand that the best way to optimize their taxes is by learning as much as they can stomach about the tax code. But there's just one...
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Should You File Your Own Taxes? Or Should You Hire a CPA?

Lots of people honor traditions. Some people eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Some people bake an apple pie on Independence Day. Me? I abide by a longstanding tradition, as well: I yank my hair out every April, when I attempt to...
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Federal Savings Tools: Treasury myRAs Back Retirement Savings for the Average Worker

By Justin Stoltzfus. Parts of the financial world are abuzz over a plan to create government-backed?retirement savings plans. The Obama administration recently released a presidential memo that ordered the U.S. Treasury to...
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Spring Cleaning Your Finances: How to Clear the Cobwebs that Muck up Your Monthly Budget

By Paula Pant March 25th, 2014 It's that time of year again! Temperatures are getting warmer (or trying to), days are longer, and you're starting to feel that urge to open up the windows and clean out the dust bunnies for...
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Caring for Aging Parents

As life expectancies continue to increase, it becomes increasingly likely that you may need to financially help an aging parent. If you find yourself in that situation, review the tax laws to determine whether you can obtain...
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10 Tax Strategies to Consider

If you're looking for ways to reduce your income tax bill, consider the following strategies: Contribute the maximum amount to your 401(k) plan. Your contributions, up to a maximum of $14,000 in 2005 (individuals over age...
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Understanding the Tax Ramifications of an Inherited Roth IRA

"Be sure to read the fine print." It's neither complex, nor profound advice. Yet, it isn't easy advice to follow when you are navigating your way through pages and pages of IRS rules and regulations governing the way you...
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IRA Money Flow Trends

By Justin Stoltzfus January 15, 2014 As individual taxpayers start to lay the groundwork for their annual filings in April, it's probably a good idea for the majority of filers with discretionary capital to go ahead and...
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1031 exchanges

This article is for educational purposes. 1031 exchanges have restrictions and limitations. When the time comes to sell your real estate, some owners of highly appreciated real estate could be staring at a substantial...
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Time for a Tax Talk

While it may not be April 15 quite yet, it's not too early to start thinking about your income taxes. By planning ahead, you may be able to reduce the amount of money you?ll owe Uncle Sam for this year's taxes...
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2013 Year End Tax Planning

As 2013 draws to a close, there's a bit of time to act before it's too late. There are a number of moves to consider making before the year is over. Stock Gains/Losses You might have gains on stocks that were sold in...
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Strategies to Minimize Taxes: Municipal Bonds

The tax-free income from municipal bonds can provide higher after-tax returns compared to corporate or treasury bonds for investors in higher tax brackets. For investors in the federal marginal tax bracket of 28% or...
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The New Tax Law: What's in It for You?

The Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act signed into law by President Bush in May contains good news for investors with taxable capital gains and dividend income. It also offers upper-income taxpayers a Roth IRA...
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Another Tax Season Is Here

Even if you use a professional tax preparer to do your taxes, at the end of the day, you are ultimately responsible for the accuracy of your tax return. For this reason, you may still want to make a note of the most...
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The Clock Is Running: Time to Revisit Your Tax Strategies

Even after a succession of federal tax cuts since 2000, Americans still bear a substantial tax burden. In fact, the nonprofit Tax Foundation estimates that the average person will still need to work 70 eight-hour days this...
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A Tax Deferred is a Tax Saved

A tax deferred is a tax saved. Tax deferral works because the taxpayer earns a return on the amount that he or she otherwise would have sent to Uncle Sam in taxes. That, of course, leads us to a brief discussion of the tax...
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Strategies to Minimize Taxes: Tax Efficient Asset Allocation

Some general advantages with owning taxable bonds in a qualified account over holding municipal bonds in a taxable account are as follows: Less risk of negative impact due to tax law changes No AMT exposure No...
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Ideas for Putting Tax Refunds and Other Windfalls to Work

When it comes to windfalls, there are those rare occurrences that many of us dream about, like achieving a six-figure bonus at work or winning the top prize in a professional golf tournament. Then there are others that seem...
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The State of the Federal Estate Tax

Like the Perils of Pauline, the final chapter in this thriller has yet to be written. The best way to sum up where the repeal or modification of the federal estate tax stands is to repeat the words of Senate Finance...
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Don't Leave Your Estate Unprotected

Many people who plan carefully to keep income taxes at a minimum don't give any thought to estate taxes. They assume that estate taxes affect only the very wealthy. Not true. Currently, any estate worth more than $2 million...
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Tax the Rich?

Q: I keep hearing that the rich are getting richer. And, I am sick of multi-million dollar paychecks for the greedy few. Why not raise taxes on those people now? A: This is a tough one. My answer to this same question...
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Are You Concerned About Estate Taxes?

Despite strong congressional support for repeal of the federal estate tax, the tax is still with us. While the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Act of 2001 attempted to reduce or eliminate estate taxes, the result was a tax...
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The Tax Bite on Gifting

Periodically, clients want to make gifts to individuals for a variety of reasons including college funding, estate planning, or just plain goodwill. And generally there are a lot of misconceptions about how gifts are treated...
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The AMT Horror

The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) was originally designed to prevent extremely wealthy individuals from skirting their income taxes. Unfortunately, the AMT has grown into a tax trap that haunts millions of Americans each...
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Pay Me Later or Pay Me Now?

Tax deferral programs have served investors well in the past, but future shifts in the political environment and potential tax rate increases may cause this to change. The title of this paper may have reminded you of...
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The Surprise Personal Estate Tax Trigger of Group Life Insurance

You have carefully planned your Will provisions for distribution of your estate at your death, thought about and designated your primary and contingent beneficiaries on the 401(k)'s, IRA's, and managed to build a...
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Tax-Efficient Investing: A Wise Choice

Taxes can take a chunk out of your investment returns; yet, many investors don't give much thought to taxes when they make investment decisions. While investment decisions shouldn't be based entirely on tax considerations,...
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Strategies to Minimize Taxes: Keeping More of Your Investment Returns

You may have heard a common investment expression ?It's not what you make that counts. It's what you keep.? Minimizing taxes from investment activities is important because it's one of the few aspects of investing that an...
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Strategies to Minimize Taxes: Variable Annuities

In isolation, there's nothing wrong with a variable annuity (VA). Their benefits include tax-deferred growth, professional money management, numerous investment options, and a contingent death benefit. Severe deficiencies...
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Strategies to Minimize Taxes: Tax-Managed Index Funds

The most advanced products for tax-efficiency are tax-managed index funds (TMIFs). To keep taxes low, there are five primary techniques that TMIFs apply: low turnover, expanded securities trading range, dividend...
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The Kiddie Tax

Kids can't vote. As if that wasn't already obvious, Congress really drove the point home in the 1986 Tax Reform Act with the creation of the so-called "kiddie tax." In spite of the rules having been around for a few years,...
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Changes in the Tax Code Should Change the Way You Think About Real Estate Investments

There are few things in this world more confusing than IRS codes, IRS definitions, and IRS procedures. Fewer still are the changes to these codes that turn out to be beneficial to the taxpayer. An obscure and...
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Taxation of Retirement Plan Benefits

The purpose of this text is to explore the tax treatment of distributions from qualified retirement plans, whether they were established by the individual or by an employer. Tax deductible savings and tax deferred...
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Aspects of the Current Tax System that are Unfair

With all due respect, I don't know if it would be possible to cover all the inequity contained in the current Code if the esteemed Panel allowed 500 pages per comment. Therefore, I will offer a brief executive summary...
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Tax Preparers Can Be Loan Sharks

Be aware of potential loan sharks out there during the first few months of the year. Most people think of the Mafia, Mob or Gangsters when they hear the term loan sharks. Today we have corporate loan sharks who are...
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1031 Exchanges: A Tax-Deferred Real-Estate Strategy

When the time comes to sell your real estate, some owners of highly appreciated real estate could be staring at a substantial capital-gains tax bill. A section of the Tax Code may help you convert your appreciated property...
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Why the Alternative Minimum Tax Is Not Just for the Wealthy

The alternative minimum tax (AMT) has been called the stealth tax, and with good reason: Although intended for the rich, the AMT is affecting more and more middle-income Americans in large part because it has only been...
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The Basics of 1031 Property Exchanges

If you have business or investment property you'd like to sell, take a look at the 1031 exchange rules before doing so. These rules allow you to sell one property and purchase another of like kind, deferring any gains. Like...
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Basic Facts about Taxes

The subject of income taxes is one that most people would prefer to ignore. However, since income taxes are a significant expense for most taxpayers, you should come to grips with some basics about taxes: Realize you can...
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Do You Have a Tax Problem?

Everyone who has a job has a tax problem. The harder you work to get ahead and build your income, the more taxes you pay. In order to have the maximum cash at retirement, you need to find a way to minimize taxes. Many...
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Careful Planning May Help Non-Citizens Avoid Tax Traps

One of the most important estate tax planning tools available to married couples is the unlimited marital deduction. The deduction allows one spouse to pass an unlimited amount of property to the other spouse without...
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Don't Get Pushed Into a Higher Tax Bracket

This is a cautionary tale of one retiree who suffered a loss of income in her later years. Although the story is fictional, its lessons are significant and could save you and your spouse money at a time when you may need it...
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Tax Considerations

Refunds Too Large If you are getting more than $1,000.00 back in tax refunds each year combining federal and state you are missing a great opportunity to increase your wealth. When the government uses your money all year...
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More Tax Planning Tips

Sell those losers. If you have securities that have taken a bath now may be the time for some year end tax loss harvesting. This will help offset some of the gains that we've had for the year. (It's so nice to have...
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Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans

The frequent changes in the tax law limiting the benefits of 401(k) plans and other tax-qualified benefit plans for higher compensated individuals have placed additional burdens on plan sponsors to provide these individuals...
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How Can a Family Limited Partnership Prepare for IRS Scrutiny?

The IRS has often challenged FLPs (Family Limited Partnerships), contending they were created solely for the purpose of avoiding estate tax. The tax courts have generally rejected these challenges, recognizing that most FLPs...
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Using a Credit Shelter Trust to Reduce or Eliminate Estate Taxes

At the time when couples are celebrating the beginning of their lives together, the last thing most are thinking about is death and estate taxes. However, as married couples accumulate wealth over the years, many make the...
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Concerned About Estate Taxes?

Despite strong congressional support for repeal of the federal estate tax, the tax is still with us. While the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Act of 2001 attempted to reduce or eliminate estate taxes, the result was a tax...
Read more »

Personal Finance | Taxes | Wiseradvisor.com
Tax-Efficient Investing: A Wise Choice

Taxes can take a chunk out of your investment returns; yet, many investors don't give much thought to taxes when they make investment decisions. While investment decisions shouldn't be based entirely on tax considerations,...
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Breaking The Inertia: Switching Advisors

It's easy to find advice on how to choose a financial advisor. You can search the internet or go to your local book store. I've even written an article on the subject recently. But what if choosing a new advisor isn't the...
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Year End Tax Tips

I've illustrated some easy steps you can take to try and reduce your liability: Retirement plan contributions. Be sure to make any necessary contributions to tax-deductible retirement plans. Many plans require...
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Last-Minute Tax Tips to Maximize Your Savings

By Paula Pant April 15 is fast-approaching, and if you're like many people, chances are your tax prep is somewhere on the spectrum between mild disarray to frantic, panicked scrambling. There's just something about doing...
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Tax Bill Rescues for the Self-Employed

By James O'Brien There's no question about the rules for some 18 million Americans who've made something good for themselves in the world of self-employment. Professionals who earn a decent living at what they do, working...
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