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10 Tax Tips

CPAs and the online programs you might use come tax time specialize in preparing your taxes — not tax planning. Think bigger than year to year. Tax planning takes into account the larger picture of your investments, assets, estate strategy and other parts of life to protect your finances over decades.

Our resource “10 Tax Planning Tips Your CPA Might Have Missed” breaks down this complex discussion into concrete, actionable items that can help you think strategically about taxes.

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Year-end Tax Checklist

The tax process is notoriously complex – there are plenty of details you could miss and plenty of cracks for money to fall through. What are the changes to your tax profile since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act? Are you protecting your assets for the present and your estate for the future? Will you take the standard deduction or will you itemize?

Our tax checklist can help you prepare for these questions. Taxes are part of life. Let’s take as much stress out of the process that we can.

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Making Sense of RMDs

The SECURE Act will impact millions of Americans who will inherit or leave behind a retirement account. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the required minimum distributions on these accounts is 10 years – meaning you’ll likely need to adjust how much you withdraw annually as compared to the previous rules.

Learn the full impact on your RMDs by downloading our “Making Sense of RMDs” whitepaper.

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From Tax Efficiency to Retirement: Financial Planning for Small Business Owners

Financial planning for a small business gets more complicated every day. Business owners must navigate tax efficiency (and life under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act), retirement preparations for yourself and your employees, and succession planning. Get your financial plan in place today and prepare for what tomorrow brings with our guide to financial planning for small business owners.

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Divorce Planning

There’s no question divorce is one of the most stressful and emotionally- charged experiences people may encounter in their adult lives. However, it is possible to get through a divorce with your self-esteem, finances and future intact. The key is careful and deliberate planning.

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Your Family Index Number: Defining Your Future With Confidence

Long-term financial security is a goal most investors aspire to, yet accomplished individuals and families know that attaining this objective requires more than hard work and luck. Check out our free guide which discusses how a personalized and focused approach begins with determining your Family Index Number; the individual rate of return you need to achieve your goals and objectives with confidence.

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Cross Generational Financial Planning

Millennials are poised to inherit approximately $41 trillion from their Baby Boomer parents over the next 40 years. The result will be the single largest intergenerational wealth transfer in human history. Many older clients, however, are beginning to voice growing concerns over the financial preparedness of their Millennial children, fearing they may lack the wherewithal to deal responsibly with a sudden influx of wealth.

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Maximize Social Security Benefits & Minimize Tax Burden

Electing to receive Social Security benefits at early retirement age may result in higher personal income taxes and a smaller nest egg, particularly for high net worth individuals. In this paper, we’ll shed light on common Social Security myths and provide options that, in certain instances, could decrease your payments to Uncle Sam and increase the financial legacy you leave.

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The (True) Cost of Investing: Why Fee Transparency is Critical to Determining Underlying Investment Value

While investment fees and expenses are required to be disclosed through investment prospectuses, layers of complexity, financial jargon and “hidden” fees can make it difficult for investors to understand the true underlying investment costs and the impact expenses have on their investment returns.

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The Family Budget: Financial Empowerment at Your Fingertips

Managing family finances has become more complex than ever as the economy, job market and family structures have all undergone dramatic changes in recent years. American families continue to evolve at a rapid pace, resulting in new and complex financial concerns and challenges. When is the last time you sat down to review your family budget? Read this free guide for important tips on budgeting, savings and insurance.

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