Good to Know
How Have You Planned for Healthcare Costs in Retirement?
Good to Know The purpose of this article is to separate fact from fiction and help you motivate clients to plan, starting now, for the inevitable healthcare costs in retirement. We’ll start with good news—Americans are living longer. Average life expectancy increased by almost 10 years during the 50 years ending in 2010, according to…Read More
Taxpayer-Friendly Changes to Retirement Plan Penalties
Good to Know Distributions from Traditional IRAs and employer-sponsored retirement plans such as 401(k) plans are generally subject to a penalty for taking the money out too early (premature distribution) or too late (delayed distribution penalty). Secure Act 2.0 gives welcome penalty relief effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2023. Terminal…Read More
3 Ways to Help Protect Against Income Tax Fraud
Good to Know You just received a letter from the IRS that doesn’t make sense. It may not be cause for alarm, but consider this—the letter may be a red flag for the potential theft of your confidential income tax information. Cybercriminals can use this information to wreck your finances, for example by: Taking out…Read More
Do You Really Need a Calculator for the CFP Board Exam?
Good to Know We’re financial professionals, right? So let’s analyze the question posed in this article’s title. The CFP Board exam (the exam) consists of 170 questions. Anecdotally, the average exam has from 8 to 12 calculation questions which rank from moderately difficult to highly difficult. It’s been said (but not by us!) that studying…Read More
Tax Tips for 2023
Good to Know If you saw twenty-two $100 bills lying on the sidewalk and could not determine who the money belonged to, would you scoop it up? If your answer to that question is yes, we have good news. That much or more in federal income tax savings for 2023 could be possible. Clients may…Read More
The Myth of Substantial Income Taxes on Social Security Benefits
Good to Know Social Security Retirement Benefits (SSRBs) can be as high as $55,000 or more annually for high-income clients who choose to delay benefits claiming until age 70. But here’s the big question—how much of that SSRB will the IRS siphon away? We have good news! Many clients will pay income tax on a…Read More
How to Avoid a Killer IRA Mistake
Good to Know Choosing the wrong IRA type is an all-to-common client mistake that can be difficult and expensive to correct. Financial professionals can help clients avoid that mistake by fully informing their clients of the key factors to consider. There tend to be two schools of thought to avoid—in the author’s opinion—when choosing between…Read More
Savvy Year-End Tax Moves for Individual Taxpayers
Good to Know Time is running out for smart year-end tax moves. Yet, client concerns over economic and political turmoil can interfere with year-end tax planning. For example, how will the market perform given record inflation, the FED’s interest rate hikes, and the threat of recession? What will happen to tax rates and deductions in…Read More
Four Reasons NOT to Rely on Social Security Disability Insurance
Good to Know You just asked your client about their long-term disability plan. They replied “I have that covered. I have Social Security Disability Insurance.” Here’s a hint for the rest of this article—your client probably does NOT have this risk “covered” if that’s the only disability insurance they have. There are at least four…Read More
Does Your Client Really Need an Estate Plan?
Good to Know How many of your clients think a great evening is sitting around a roaring fireplace on a cold night, drinking an excellent Merlot, and discussing death with their sweetheart? The author’s guess (and hope!) is about zero. Yet, even though that romantic setting is not the best time to discuss estate planning,…Read More