Retirement

What do I do if I miss my required minimum distribution?

What do I do if I miss my Required Minimum Distribution? Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) are just that – required. The penalty for failing to take a RMD on time is 50% of the amount of the RMD. That’s one of the harshest penalties in the tax code. Miss a $20,000 RMD and you’ll owe…

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Why is my charitable donation taxed?

Why is my charitable contribution taxed? Well planned and executed charitable donations should result in tax savings. To get the maximum benefit, you must know the rules and how the accounting for donations works. This video Q&A is a great example. The inquirer knew the rule but not the reporting requirements. Making News… We frequently produce…

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Should I buy gold to protect against a dollar collapse?

Should I buy gold to protect against a dollar collapse? No, you should not buy gold for fear of a dollar collapse. As the video discusses, this pitch is rubbish. Heck, you probably shouldn’t buy gold aside from coin collections and jewelry for personal use. Many unbiased experts don’t even consider gold an investment. Once…

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Lessons from the 2008 financial crisis

Lessons from the 2008 financial crisis In September 2008, the brokerage firm Lehman Brothers collapsed due to risky trading in poorly designed securities. This kicked off one of the more dramatic financial crises in American history and what is now referred to as the Great Recession. The 10th anniversary of this event is a natural…

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Preparation is key to financial success

Preparation is key If you have ever attended a closely-matched sporting contest and witnessed a buzzer-beating shot in basketball, an extra inning baseball game, or a shootout in a championship soccer match, it is an experience you are unlikely to forget. In fact, if you take a minute to reflect on it, you will likely…

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