IRS Issues Guidance on State Tax Payments
The IRS has identified 21 states that made special payments to taxpayers in 2022. After a review of those special payments, the IRS has determined that taxpayers in many states will not need to report those payments on their 2022...Read More
The Debt Ceiling and Deficit Spending
On January 19, 2023, the outstanding debt of the U.S. government reached its statutory limit, commonly called the debt ceiling. The current limit was set by Congress at about $31.4 trillion in December 2021.1On the day the limit was...Read More
Marching Ahead Toward Spring!
Welcome to March! It’s no secret that many of us are anxiously awaiting the first day of spring on March 20th, along with daylight saving time starting on 3/12. Beginning this month, we’ll start to see extended...Read More
Five Ways SECURE 2.0 Changes the Required Minimum Distribution Rules
The SECURE 2.0 legislation included in the $1.7 trillion appropriations bill passed late last year builds on changes established by the original Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE 1.0) enacted in 2019....Read More
Determining the Need for Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI): How Much Is Enough?
IntroductionWhether you should purchase a long-term care insurance (LTCI) policy depends on your financial ability, age, health status, retirement objectives, and whether you have assets you want to protect. Once you've made the...Read More
IRS Releases Standard Mileage Rates for 2023
Due to recent increases in the price of fuel, the IRS has increased the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business purposes for 2023. However, the standard mileage rates...Read More
So Much to Do and See in February!
Welcome to February! Despite being the shortest month of the year, February often seems to last forever, with limited daylight and a lingering chill in the air. The calendar might imply that we’re nearing the end of winter,...Read More
Is the Yield Curve Signaling a Recession?
Long-term bonds generally provide higher yields than short-term bonds, because investors demand higher returns to compensate for the risk of lending money over a longer period. Occasionally, however, this relationship flips, and...Read More
Retirement Investors Get Another Boost from Washington
Amid the 1,650-page, $1.7 trillion omnibus spending legislation passed by Congress last week and expected to be signed by President Biden were several provisions affecting work-sponsored retirement plans and, to a lesser degree,...Read More
We Wish You a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Wow, kinda hard to believe it’s 2023 already! Doesn’t the past 12 months seem like a blur? And yet, here we are with a clean slate ahead of us and a world of possibilities. Even in astronomy, there is a sense of new...Read More
Tis the Season for Tax-Friendly Giving Strategies
You may donate money to charitable organizations throughout the year, for no other reason than your heart-felt desire to support causes that you care about. But if philanthropy is important to you, keep in mind that the associated tax...Read More
Student Loan Repayment Delayed Again to Future Date in 2023
The Biden administration has announced another extension for repayment of federal student loans to an unspecified date in 2023 due to legal challenges that have blocked implementation of the student loan debt relief program. The...Read More
College Cost Data for 2022-2023 School Year
Every year, the College Board releases new college cost data and trends in its annual report. The figures published are average cost figures based on a survey of approximately 4,000 colleges across the country.Over the past 20 years,...Read More
From Our Homes to Yours… Happy Holidays!
Welcome to December. This time of year makes us all feel something. It may be happy; it may be sad; it may be giddy or stressed. But as we approach the end of a challenging year (to say the least), the one thing WE are...Read More
2022 Year-End Planning Tips
Here are some things to consider as you weigh potential tax moves between now and the end of the year.1. Defer income to next yearConsider opportunities to defer income to 2023, particularly if you think you may be in a lower tax...Read More
What Does a Strong Dollar Mean for the U.S. Economy?
In late September 2022, the U.S. dollar hit a 20-year high in an index that measures its value against six major currencies: the euro, the Japanese yen, the British pound, the Canadian dollar, the Swedish krona, and the Swiss franc. At...Read More
Medicare Open Enrollment Is Here: How Are Costs Changing for 2023?
Medicare's Open Enrollment Period — which runs from October 15 through December 7 — is your annual opportunity to switch your current Medicare health and prescription drug plans to ones that better suit your needs. Just in...Read More
Estate Management Checklist
Do you have a will?A will enables you to specify who you want to inherit your property and other assets. A will also enables you to name a guardian for your minor children.Do you have healthcare documents in place?Healthcare documents...Read More
CHIPs and Science Act Aims to Preserve U.S. Technology Edge
The CHIPs and Science Act of 2022, signed into law on August 9, is a bipartisan legislation package that provides more than $50 billion in direct financial assistance for semiconductor companies to increase U.S.-based design, research,...Read More
New Cancellation for Federal Student Loans and Delayed Repayment to 2023
On August 24, 2022, just a few days before federal student loan repayment was set to resume, President Biden announced a plan for additional student loan debt relief.Federal student loan repayment was originally halted in March 2020 at...Read More
Creating Your Family Legacy
While creating an estate plan is a common part of a financial plan, creating a family legacy is equally as important when thinking about how you want the wealth you’ve built to be distributed. In addition to including your family...Read More
Is the U.S. Economy in a Recession?
In an early July poll, 58% of Americans said they thought the U.S. economy was in a recession, up from 53% in June and 48% in May.1 Yet many economic indicators, notably employment, remain strong. The current situation is unusual, and...Read More
Preparing for the Expected
As Teddy Roosevelt once observed, “Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.”1 The challenges seniors have met throughout their lives have made them wiser and stronger, preparing...Read More
You May Need to Make Estimated Tax Payments If…
You may have to make estimated tax payments if you earn income that is not subject to withholding, such as income from self-employment, interest, dividends, alimony, rent, realized investment gains, prizes, and awards. You also may...Read More