What does the recent stimulus package include? The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (TCDTRA) aka “Coronavirus Stimulus 2.0” passed Congress on December 21, 2020, as part of the 5,000+ page Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. It extends and amends various expiring tax provisions and has a number of provisions that…

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tax planning for Joe Biden

Tax planning for a Joe Biden presidency After every presidential election, attention turns to changes the new president wants to make to the tax code and how that may affect financial markets, as well as our clients’ specific financial situations and tax planning. With the results of the Senate still to be determined, uncertainty reigns.…

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Tax-Smart Charitable Giving Our clients are generous, and their charitable giving reflects their generosity. We love the opportunity to help clients reach their philanthropic goals while using tax-smart charitable giving strategies whenever possible. 2020 has presented hardships for many people and non-profits are stepping up to help. However, many charities are struggling because of fewer…

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How the SECURE Act affects retirement accounts Several tax code changes were enacted when the SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act) took effect on January 1, 2020. We thought it would be more valuable to spare our clients the chore of perusing the 1,770 page document covering the entire bill and…

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File now or in July? The recently passed CARES Act includes a provision to send stimulus checks to eligible Americans and their dependents. Eligibility for stimulus checks is based on your most recently filed tax return. If your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) was high in 2018, defined here as over $75,000 for a single filer or…

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Can I buy real estate in my IRA? You cannot buy a personal residence in your IRA but you can buy other properties. For most people, it is either not practical or not a good idea. Here a few of those reasons: If the rules are not followed properly and a “prohibited transaction” occurs, the…

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