The Future of Social Security and Medicare

Most Americans will eventually receive Social Security and Medicare benefits. Each year, the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds release lengthy reports to Congress that assess the health of these important programs. The newest reports, released on April 22, 2019, discuss the current financial condition and ongoing financial challenges that both programs …

Refunds for 2017 Shared Responsibility Payments

A new, or little known exception has recently been made clear that could allow you to recover 2017 penalty taxes. If you were one of the many taxpayers without Minimum Essential Coverage (Health insurance) for 2017, you might have paid a penalty tax with your 2017 tax return. Now, you could qualify for a full refund …

Use Retirement Funds to Capitalize Your Business

So many times, business owners struggle to find cash to start, expand, or otherwise solve a cash flow problem in their business. Oftentimes the banks are not able to assist and the business becomes desperate for cash. It’s during this search for business funding that the owner considers taking money from a retirement account. This┬ácontent …

What is a rollover IRA, and do I need one?

Generally, the term “rollover IRA” refers to an IRA that you establish to receive funds from an employer retirement plan like a 401(k). A rollover IRA is also sometimes referred to as a “conduit IRA.” When you roll funds over from an employer plan to an IRA, your financial institution may suggest that you use …

Future of the Federal Estate Tax

While no one can predict the future, the possibility of tax reform is once again in the spotlight. If it occurs, it may very well include repeal of the federal estate tax and related changes to the federal gift tax, the federal generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax, and the federal income tax basis rules. History of …

Why use a CPA to process payroll?

It comes as no surprise, there is seemingly an endless list of payroll service providers – from one of the many large, impersonal service bureaus to do-it-yourself software options. Somewhere in between the two extremes are local and regional payroll companies, accounting firms and CPAs who offer to assist with the daunting task.┬áThe list goes …

Don’t Let Rising Interest Rates Catch You by Surprise

You’ve probably heard the news that the Federal Reserve has been raising its benchmark federal funds rate. The Fed doesn’t directly control consumer interest rates, but changes to the federal funds rate (which is the rate banks use to lend funds to each other overnight within the Federal Reserve system) often affect consumer borrowing costs. …

Alternatives To Long-Term Care Insurance

The costs of long-term care can be overwhelming, potentially exhausting retirement income and savings. You may be thinking about buying long-term care insurance (LTCI) to help cover some of the potential costs of long-term care, but LTCI can be expensive, and if you do buy the coverage, you probably hope you never have to use …

Will I owe income taxes when I sell my home?

In general, when you sell your home, any amount you receive over your cost basis (what you paid for the home, plus capital improvements, plus the costs of selling the home) is subject to capital gains taxes. However, if you owned and used the home as your principal residence for a total of two out …