Tax

Qualified Charitable Distributions: Using Your IRA to Give from the Heart

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act roughly doubled the standard deduction ($12,200 for single filers and $24,400 for married taxpayers filing jointly in 2019) and indexed it for inflation through 2025. As a result, far fewer taxpayers will itemize deductions on their tax returns, and some people may be disappointed that they no longer benefit …

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Leverage Your 401(k) to Build Roth Earnings

Many investors are familiar with the “Backdoor Roth” IRA, which is an indirect way to contribute to a Roth when they are not eligible to contribute directly due to income limitations on Roth investors. Even in those circumstances, some investors can take advantage of a lesser-known Roth contribution dubbed the “Mega Backdoor Roth.” It’s called …

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Federal Income Tax: How Did We Get Here?

April 16, 2019 was an important day for many of us. But do you know why? It was Tax Freedom Day — the day when the average American theoretically earned enough to pay his or her tax obligations for the year. According to the Tax Foundation, Americans will pay $3.4 billion in federal taxes in …

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Have You Checked Your Tax Withholding Lately?

If you were unpleasantly surprised by the amount of tax you owed or the amount of your tax refund when you filed your 2018 tax return, it may be time to check your withholding. It may also be time if there are changes in your life or financial situation that affect your tax liability. For …

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Charitable Giving After Tax Reform

Tax reform changes to the standard deduction and itemized deductions may affect your ability to obtain an income tax benefit from charitable giving. Projecting how you’ll be affected by these changes while there’s still time to take action is important. Income Tax Benefit of Charitable Giving If you itemize deductions on your federal income tax …

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