Personal Residence Issues in Retirement
Posted by Teresa Fraser on Wed, 04/20/2022 - 14:50
As you grow older, housing issues become an integral part of your retirement plans. You may be living on a fixed income and want to get additional cash by borrowing against the equity in your home. You may feel isolated in that big house you bought 30 years ago when your children were young. Perhaps your health isn't what it used be, and you may desire more convenient access to medical services or may need around-the-clock care. Maybe you want to leave your home to your children and avoid estate taxes if possible. These are just a few of the personal residence issues you may be facing in retirement. It is important to make a timely examination of the primary residence issues in your life. Financial, emotional, and physical considerations will drive your decisions. Careful planning may allow you to enrich the quality of your retirement years, get the health care and services you need, and maximize the financial benefits of homeownership for you and your family.
Financial Basics for Millennials
Posted by Teresa Fraser on Wed, 04/20/2022 - 14:28
With age comes responsibility, so if you're a young adult in your 20s or 30s, chances are you've been introduced to the realities of adulthood. While you're excited by all the opportunities life has to offer, you're also aware of your emerging financial responsibility. In the financial realm, the millennial generation (young adults born between 1981 and 1997) faces a unique set of challenges, including a competitive job market and significant student loan debt that can make it difficult to obtain financial stability. Poor money management can lead to debt, stress, and dependency on others. Fortunately, good money management skills can make it easier for you to accomplish your personal goals. Become familiar with the basics of planning now, and your future self will thank you for being responsible.
Choosing a Beneficiary for Your IRA or 401(k)
Posted by Teresa Fraser on Fri, 04/08/2022 - 16:25
Selecting beneficiaries for retirement benefits is different from choosing beneficiaries for other assets such as life insurance. With retirement benefits, you need to know the impact of income tax and estate tax laws in order to select the right beneficiaries. Retirement Plan Consultant offers effective retirement solutions that are designed to support participants on their way to retirement effectively. Although taxes shouldn't be the sole determining factor in naming your beneficiaries, ignoring the impact of taxes could lead you to make an incorrect choice. In addition, if you're married, beneficiary designations may affect the size of minimum required distributions to you from your IRAs and simple IRA retirement plan while you're alive.
Asset Protection in Estate Planning
Posted by Teresa Fraser on Fri, 04/08/2022 - 16:16
Asset Protection in Estate Planning
You're beginning to accumulate substantial wealth, but you worry about protecting it from future potential creditors. Whether your concern is for your personal assets or your business, various tools exist to keep your property safe from tax collectors, accident victims, health-care providers, credit card issuers, business creditors, and creditors of others. While finding the a financial advisor can be bennficial to your retirement.
Posted by Teresa Fraser on Fri, 04/08/2022 - 15:39
What Is a Trust?
Whether you're seeking to manage your own assets, control how your assets are distributed after your death, or plan for incapacity, trusts can help you accomplish your estate planning goals. Here you will also need to hire Financial Advisor Services to make the worthy decisions. Their power is in their versatility — many types of trusts exist, each designed for a specific purpose. Although trust law is complex and establishing a trust requires the services of an experienced attorney, mastering the basics isn't hard.
Adoption Tax Credit
Posted by Shannon Sutherland on Wed, 05/19/2021 - 15:26
What is the adoption tax credit?
You may be able to claim a tax credit for expenses you paid to adopt a child. In 2021, you can claim an adoption tax credit of up to $14,440 (up from $14,300 in 2020) of qualified adoption expenses per eligible child (including a child with special needs). Use IRS Form 8839 to claim the credit.
Year-End Financial Planning Checklist
Posted by Sabrina Hotaki on Fri, 10/02/2020 - 17:19
Although 2020 has been a year of unexpected changes, one routine has remained consistent: the fourth quarter means it’s time to begin organizing your finances for the new year. To help you get started, here’s a checklist of key topics to think about, including new tax and retirement considerations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tax-Savings Opportunity for NQSO Holders
Posted by Shannon Sutherland on Mon, 04/27/2020 - 19:06
If you’re lucky enough to hold nonqualified stock options (NQSOs), you may be wondering what they’re worth right now. Perhaps you’ve been fortunate enough to see your company’s share price increase since you received your NQSOs, but you’ve been waiting to exercise your options. Now, given the recent market downturn and volatility, you may feel as though you missed your chance to lock in maximum profits. That’s not necessarily true. But, true or not, the current market environment could present a different kind of opportunity when you exercise your NQSOs.
Coping with Financial Anxiety in Uncertain Times
Posted by Shannon Feldheim on Sat, 04/04/2020 - 13:18
As news of the coronavirus continues to dominate the headlines and cause turmoil in the markets, it’s understandable that you may be concerned about your portfolio. Financial anxiety can have a profound impact on your quality of life—so we thought we’d share some tips to help you minimize stress during these uncertain times.
Q&A: Understanding the New CARES Act direct response to COVID-19 pandemic
Posted by Shannon Sutherland on Tue, 03/31/2020 - 16:28
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) into law. The CARES Act has been enacted as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is intended to provide immediate and ongoing economic relief to individuals and businesses affected by the crisis. The following Q&A covers key questions you may have about the legislation.