taxes

Little-known Tax Deduction for your Valentine

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl, and Valentine’s Day is here. It’s a busy time of year, and while “Be my little tax deduction” isn’t the most romantic thing to say to your spouse this holiday, we’re going to discuss a tax deduction you can make for your Valentine before April 15th in today’s show.

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Year End Planning: “In the Red Zone” (Part 2)

We’re back to wrap up this two-part episode on year-end planning for 2023. In this episode, we’ll chat about several topics including the looming expiration of the current tax code in 2026, the increasing national debt, and the potential rise in tax rates. Don will also share how those in need of long-term care can leverage their IRA assets to minimize taxes, talk about the often-overlooked 0% capital gains tax bracket, discuss the importance of proactive tax planning, and more.

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Should I Move to Another State to Save Money on Taxes & Expenses?

Many retirees bounce around the idea of moving states in retirement with the goal of saving money on taxes and expenses. It makes sense on the surface but will it benefit you as much as you hoped?

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The Taxman Cometh – 2023 Edition

  What many people are starting to realize is that taxes in retirement might actually be more than they were when they were working. We’ve been taught our entire lives to defer taxes by contributing to an IRA and 401(k), but that ends up leaving retirees with more to pay down the road. What’s important…

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Is Social Security Going Broke? Myths, Truths & Opportunities

The future of Social Security has been discussed and debated for a number of years now but it seems to be front and center with the current conversations at the federal level. With talk about ending Social Security or making changes to the benefits, we’re getting even more questions about the program and whether it’s…

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Threats, Traps, and Tips for Tax Season

Tax season is officially here for 2023 and while many of us will slowly ease into it, now is the time to start thinking about what you need to accomplish over the next few months. In this episode, Don is going to help you prepare for tax season by explaining the key documents that you’ll…

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Landmines and Opportunities in SECURE Act 2.0

Another round of retirement changes are on the way after President Biden passed SECURE Act 2.0 into law on December 23rd. While we’ve been anticipating this legislation for a while, we didn’t know exactly what we be in the final bill. The original SECURE Act made significant changes to IRA rules. The most notable was…

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Inflation, Early Retirement, & Proposed Changes to Social Security

In a normal year, just one of these topics would be significant news for us to discuss, but 2022 is filled with headlines that impact retirement planning. On this episode, we’re going to provide an update on inflation and the indicators to be watching, share stats on the early retirement trend, and give you the truth on the latest proposed legislation that impacts Social Security.

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What the Inflation Reduction Act Means for Planning

Washington recently passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which on the surface appears to be aimed at solving the inflation problem. But there’s much more inside the bill, including a few different items that directly impacts financial planning. We’ll break down this new legislation on the podcast and highlight other laws that might be on the way.

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Proposed IRA Changes and Roth Tax Tips

Last month some new IRA changes were proposed. How could these possible changes impact your financial future and your family’s?

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The Season of Giving

Giving Tuesday was this week and we are entering the most charitable time of the year. What do you need to know about charitable giving and taxes?

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Who is the Rich?

The word rich gets thrown around all the time but who actually falls into that category? It’s certainly subjective but the government’s definition by directly impact your future taxes. Let’s look at some statistics and get a better idea of how taxes are generated and who is actually paying them.

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Moving to a Tax-Friendly State

When should you consider moving to another state? Sometimes tax benefits may be a motivator when making this decision. Don talks about the tax ramifications when living in certain states.

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How Could the Capital Gains Tax Affect You?

Do these proposed changes really only affect high-income earners and the wealthy? On today’s episode, we look at recent changes and proposals that could impact your finances.

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Infrastructure Bill and Future Taxes

Let’s talk about what’s in the infrastructure bill and ultimately, what it means for you and your family. What kind of taxes might be coming in the future?

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End of Year Financial Checklist + Market Update

We’re closing in on the end of the year, which is a great time to catch up on a little rest and relaxation. Before you do that, there are some financial items you should review before the calendar turns to January. We’ll run through a list of five planning considerations on this show, and we’ll also get Don’s thoughts on the recent surge in the market.

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Evaluating the End of the Year 2020

From COVID numbers to the stock market, we’ve had a lot of volatility this year. What should we do now with our financial planning before the year is over?

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What Happens Financially After the Loss of a Spouse?

Times like these may make you think more soberly and realistically about if something tragic were to occur. How do you prepare financially for the inevitable of one spouse passing away? We’ll take you through the important considerations on this episode.

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RMDs: Are You Billy Or Are You Bruce?

Feeling confused about what the SECURE Act means for you and your RMDs? Don will talk you through what you need to know and help you figure out whether you’ll need to take RMDs sooner or later.

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2019 Financial Year in Review

Before we turn the page and move into the new decade, let’s take a look back at a busy 2019. We saw a strong market, interest rate cuts, the passing of the SECURE Act, and more, but there are also some signs for concern heading into 2020.

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