Estate Planning, Financial Planning, Tax Planning

How the SECURE Act Could be Detrimental to Your Beneficiaries

Many people own a trust as part of their estate plan. Prior to 2020, it was common to have the beneficiary of an IRA be a trust. A See-Through Trust allows individuals to pass IRAs, via a trust, to their trust beneficiaries. There are several reasons to name a trust as the beneficiary of an… Continue reading How the SECURE Act Could be Detrimental to Your Beneficiaries

Financial Planning, Tax Planning

It’s Not About What You Make, It’s About What You Keep

If you unfamiliar with the financial term Tax Cost Ratio (TCR,) you aren’t alone. TCR refers to the amount a fund’s annualized return is reduced by taxes because of distributions (including stock and bond dividends and capital gains distributions). If a fund has a one-year tax cost ratio 0.9%, it means an investor’s returns were… Continue reading It’s Not About What You Make, It’s About What You Keep

Financial Planning, Tax Planning

Fully Funded 529? How to Get $8,000 in Tax Credits

As laws change and the tax codes are updated, I’m always looking for planning opportunities for our clients. The most recent opportunity will impact only a small subset of our clients, but can save a family approximately $8,000 per college student. This strategy revolves around college planning and specifically focuses on college tuition funding, 529… Continue reading Fully Funded 529? How to Get $8,000 in Tax Credits

Financial Planning, Risk Management, Tax Planning

Focus on What You Can Control

$1,000 vs $100,000 Decisions Mitch Custenborder wrote an article about $1,000 vs $100,000 decisions. Mostinvestors want to see big returns, and who can blame them? However, I’d argue that is a $1,000 concern. The $100,000 thought would be “What return do I need”. Instead of focusing on returns and market movements that you and your… Continue reading Focus on What You Can Control

Estate Planning, Tax Planning

Why You Shouldn’t Add Your Heirs to Your Deed

No one likes planning for their own death, but when it comes to your wealth and taking care of your family, it’s a necessity. Over the last few months, I’ve had clients ask about putting their heir(s) on the deed of their properties. Additionally, I’ve learned some have followed through on this, not knowing the… Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Add Your Heirs to Your Deed