Forced to Withdraw from Retirement Accounts?! What you need to know

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Retirement Accounts – Did you know the government forces us to take money out of those accounts once we reach retirement? It’s called the required minimum distribution (RMD) rule. Here are some tips you should know about RMDs well before you reach retirement age.

Large Retirement Account Balances Can Cause Social Security Tax Problems

When you reach age 70 ½, the trigger requiring distributions from qualified retirement accounts is pulled. This annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) applies to Traditional IRAs, SEP IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs, 401(k), 403(b), and other defined contribution plans. Amounts not distributed on a timely basis could be subject to a 50% penalty. Thankfully, the RMD rules do not apply to Roth IRAs.

Health Savings Accounts Pay Medical Costs and Cut Taxes

Health savings accounts can be used to build tax-sheltered nest eggs that can pay out-of-pocket medical expenses with tax-free dollars.

Intended to be used in conjunction with high-deductible insurance plans, health savings accounts (HSAs) are designed to help pay your medical expenses until your insurance policy begins picking up expenses.

Enjoy Tax Benefits If You Own A Vacation Home

Are you planning to use your vacation home soon? If you’re not going to use it, have you considered renting it? Or are you thinking of buying a vacation home? Vacation homes, with proper tax planning, can help create tax benefits.

Why do I need a tax professional when I can buy tax prep software?

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As tax professionals, we often are asked “Why do I need a tax professional when I can buy tax preparation software?” Let us explain… Tax software producers claim their products can prepare complex returns, but you may want to think twice before relying on software for all your tax and financial guidance. Although software may […]

Key Coronavirus Tax Changes

In addition to filing delays and a one-time stimulus payment, the IRS is implementing many changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some of the major topics that could affect you and your family. Early distribution penalty waived The 10% early distribution penalty on up to $100,000 of retirement withdrawals for coronavirus-related reasons […]

The Household Employee Problem

This often overlooked bookkeeping and payroll tax requirement can cause a tangle of tax problems if not handled correctly. It ended a run for Congress by Caroline Kennedy (JFK’s daughter) and killed a U.S. Attorney General nominee’s chances for appointment. Could you be impacted? This is what you need to know. Nanny Tax Explained In […]