Thursday, April 19, 2018

Estate Planning – Broaching a Sensitive Topic

You may be uncomfortable at the thought of discussing your estate with your loved ones. But failing to do so could result in disagreements and conflicts when the details are revealed after your death.  Discussing your plans in advance gives you a chance to explain: The distribution of your estate. Why you made certain decisions. You […]

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Go Green, Save Green: Tax Breaks for Saving Energy

Earth Day is April 22. This occasion reminds us to consider implementing changes to help reduce the amount of energy we consume. But “going green” isn't just good for the Earth — certain energy-saving expenditures also may qualify for generous tax breaks that are good for your pocketbook, too. Here are some tax credits for buying […]

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Congress Raises 401(k) Hardship Withdrawal Limits

Most 401(k) plans permit hardship withdrawals, though plan sponsors aren't required to allow them. As it stands today, employees seeking to take money out of their 401(k) accounts are limited to the funds they contributed to the accounts themselves, and only after they've first taken a loan from the same account. Loans must be repaid, of […]

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Reverse Mentoring: Moving Seasoned, Younger Workers Into High Gear

Reverse-mentoring isn't a new concept, nor is it widespread, though many companies could benefit from such a program. Pioneered at General Electric some two decades ago, the basic concept is that younger employees have a lot to teach older ones about work-related matters. In some corners of the business world, the idea is broadened to encompass […]

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Last-Minute Tax Planning Tips for 2017

This year, Tax Day for individuals, sole proprietors and C corporations is Tuesday, April 17. You still have time to consider some moves in 2018 to potentially save federal (and possibly state) income taxes for 2017. Here are three last-minute planning ideas. Last-Minute Section 179 Option for Businesses Did your business make improvements to real property […]

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Estate Planning 101: An Introduction

What Is an Estate and What Planning Is Involved? It's important for you to understand what the word “estate” means so that you do not underestimate the broad scope of the term. The “estate” consists of all the property a person owns or controls. Examples of the more well-known items include personal property, real estate, […]

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Good News! More Families May Be Eligible for the Child Credit in 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which was signed into law on December 22, 2017, made significant changes to the child credit. This credit is generally available to taxpayers with children under the age of 17, but the new law adds a new (smaller) credit for other dependents. Here are the details. Say Goodbye […]

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