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April Monthly Newsletter: Tax Planning with Qualified Charitable Distributions

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed on December 22, 2017 was the biggest rewrite of the tax code since 1986 and made sweeping changes to the individual and corporate tax system. While most taxpayers will benefit from the reduced tax rates and increased standard deductions, others may find they can no longer take advantage of certain itemized deductions on their 2018 tax return.

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March Monthly Newsletter: 2018 Tax Scams and How to Avoid Them

Tax season is officially upon us and with it comes the inevitable new wave of tax season identity fraud. Every year, thousands of people lose millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams during tax season. As taxpayers become more sophisticated at spotting scams, so do the scammers. They use regular mail, telephone and email to scam taxpayers, tax professionals, and even HR and payroll departments through phishing attacks and malware.

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February Monthly Newsletter: Choosing the Right Trustee

One of the most important decisions to be made when designing your estate plan is who to name in the various fiduciary roles – trustee, personal representative, executor and agent. While a critical decision, it is often given significantly less thought than the design and distribution of your assets. Even a meticulously designed estate plan drafted by an accomplished estate planning attorney will fail to achieve its purpose if the Trustee selected fails to administer the trust properly. Read more

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January Monthly Newsletter: Holiday Spending

If you’re like many Americans, the recently passed tax reform and the continuation of the current bull market may have given you the confidence to dig a little deeper into your pockets for holiday spending. Newly released sales data showed retailers’ holiday sales increased 4.9% when compared to last year. This was the best holiday sales season since 2011.[1] While that may be good news for the retail sector that has seen several recent store closures, it’s probably not great news for the average consumer. Read more

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December Monthly Newsletter: Tax Reform and Year-End Planning

After several last-minute changes, the Senate voted 51-49 in the early hours of Saturday morning[1] to pass their version of tax reform. Only one Republican, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, voted against the bill, concerned about the $1 trillion or more in budget deficits the plan is expected to create.[2] President Trump has been adamant about his desire to sign a final bill before Christmas. While we’re not quite there yet, the Senate’s vote Saturday morning crossed one potential roadblock and has made some form of tax reform by Christmas much more likely. Read more

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November Monthly Newsletter – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Last Thursday House GOP leaders unveiled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), a tax plan that proposes a broad overhaul to the corporate and individual tax system, building from the framework announced in September by the White House and House GOP leaders. The TCJA proposes to create more jobs, grow paychecks and bring fairer taxes to American families.[1]   Read more

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October Monthly Newsletter: Medicare Open Enrollment

Leaves changing colors and falling to the ground. Playoff baseball. Pumpkin spice everywhere. We can certainly tell fall is officially here. Fall is also the perfect time to consider an often overlooked yet extremely important aspect of cash flow planning in retirement – Medicare coverage. Read more

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September Monthly Newsletter – Conflict Avoidance in Estate Planning: Tangible Personal Property

An often overlooked aspect of estate planning is documenting how to distribute tangible personal property after death. Relatively speaking, it is much easier to divide financial assets among your beneficiaries. Read more

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August Monthly Newsletter – Back to School Planning with 529 Plans

If you’ve looked at the ads in your Sunday paper lately, you know what time of the year it is . . . Back to School season! With most students starting classes later this month, retailers across the country are planning for the influx of shoppers looking for the best deals on back to school clothes and supplies. Read more

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July Monthly Newsletter – Midyear Financial Checkup

Six months ago, many Americans set realistic and achievable financial resolutions for 2017. Now that we’ve crossed the halfway point of 2017, it’s time for a financial checkup. Much like your biannual dentist appointment, it’s important to track your progress to determine if changes need to be made to your plan to achieve your financial goals and resolutions.

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