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2019 Tax Law Changes for IRA’s and other Non-Qualified Accounts: The SECURE Act With the passage of yet another new tax law near the very end of 2019 that has a far-reaching impact, I think you can safely say it has left Certified Financial Planners ™, attorneys, CPA’s and EA’s scrambling to both learn the new rules, and then trying to figure out strategies to
We are back in a brand new year (2020) and ready to address more questions. This year’s first post was prompted by a recent communication from the Texas State Securities Board. For both existing and potential new clients, this idea of “Risk” is an important part of our conversations about investing. I recall a conversation with an individual who wanted an 8% annual return, but
I am by profession a planner, specifically a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. The planning mindset comes naturally to me, as I try to incorporate planning in all areas of my life. I love day planners, calendars, notebooks, reminders, etc. I have spent most of the last year planning an upcoming trip to Paris in December, which is another type of planning that I do for fun.
Actually, there are a number of changes that could affect Medicare participants that are worth a mention here. Higher Part B & D premiums for higher incomes: Medicare participants with an annual income of $500,000 or $750,000 for married couples will pay higher premiums for Part B and Part D. The standard monthly premium for Part B is $144.30 Premium surcharges or increases begin at
Open Enrollment for Medicare begins on October 15th of each year, and runs through December 7th. If you have already signed up for Medicare and are happy with your Plan(s), you do not have to do or change anything. However, this can be a good time to review your plan and make sure you are happy with the coverage and costs you are paying. Drawing
If you are already a Medicare recipient, you have waded through the morass of the mysterious & confusing components of Medicare. If you are getting ready to apply, you are probably overwhelmed just thinking about it, and all of the mail you are receiving from Medicare, AARP and endless providers is NOT helping! The starting point for Medicare is their website, Medicare.gov; for best results,
This particular question is one that we encounter frequently. There are many who subscribe to the idea of “I am going to take it while I can, because I don’t know if it will still be there if I wait.” We attempted to address that issue in our blog last week, which you can review here:Because You Asked: Will Social Security Be Available For Me?
This particular question is one that we encounter rather frequently, usually in the context of making decisions around when to apply for Social Security benefits. We will address the When to Apply question in our next blog, but thought we should begin with the foundational question of Will Social Security Still Be Available? There is a lot of rhetoric that says our government has “spent”