10 Tax Tips for Individuals

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Only the informed taxpayer can take advantage of tax-cutting opportunities. Here are suggestions you should consider for cutting your taxes.

What Is a Capital Gain Distribution?

You receive a taxable gain statement at the end of the year, but you didn’t sell any investments. How can this be? Typically, mutual funds buy and sell stocks or bonds throughout the year. Each time the fund sells an investment, its owners owe tax on their share of any gain. At the end of […]

Tips to Organize Your Tax Records

As important tax records start filling mailboxes, how can you make sure your tax preparation goes smoothly and efficiently this year? Here are some tips. Keep it all in one place. It seems obvious, but how often have you found yourself going through piles of paper looking for that elusive missing 1099 tax form or […]

Tax Software: Is it the Best Way to Go?

Some popular tax preparation software is relatively inexpensive, but what does using software to prepare your taxes really cost you? Missed deductions and tax credits, improper or overlooked tax elections, unnecessary penalties, and neglected long-term tax planning can be very expensive. Are you familiar with the rules and qualified to tackle your taxes by yourself? […]

Using Losers to Make Winners

Understanding the rules surrounding investment losses can really help minimize your tax obligation each year. This is because investment gains and income can be subject to a variety of federal tax rates as high as 37 percent. This and a 3.8 percent Medicare investment tax surcharge make planning around when to take investment losses an […]

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.