With the fourth quarter of the year upon us and given the many changes brought to bear by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, it is the opportune time to consider some very key questions as it relates to your 2018 taxes. The answers to these questions are critical in determining appropriate actions to take before the end of the year in order to optimize your tax situation. Will the total of your itemized deductions exceed the new higher standard deduction? The increase in standard deduction ... [Continue Reading]
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Co-Authored by Katy Vermeer Retirement planning involves a multi-faceted analysis that requires a combination of data gathering, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and discernment. It is an on-going process that offers peace of mind to our clients as their life goals evolve. As people approach their retirement years the number one question advisors are often asked is, “Do I have enough?” While the internet offers a host of formulas, calculators, and rules of thumb to answer this ... [Continue Reading]
A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a type of investment account that allows you to save for medical expenses while also reducing your taxable income. In order to establish an HSA, you must be enrolled in a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) as defined by government regulations. An HSA is unique in that it is the only type of investment account that provides for both tax-deductible contributions and tax-free distributions (for qualified medical expenses). This unique feature makes the HSA a ... [Continue Reading]
You have a routine. You wake, dress, brush your teeth, and ready yourself for the day ahead. Your routine comes naturally to you. What if there was a way to monetize part of your routine? Thanks to the Minnesota legislature, if you’re a Minnesota resident, there now is a way to do just that. Most of our clients have children or grandchildren who will someday go to college. Our clients understand the value and power of having a disciplined savings strategy in place for college funding. For ... [Continue Reading]
IRA’s (Individual Retirement Accounts) are one of the most common ways to save for retirement. Conceptually, they are familiar to many, but the details related to and surrounding these types of accounts can be confusing. Many investors are also familiar with Roth accounts, which are a type of an IRA. This time of year, January thru April 15, is a critical time to understand IRA parameters since during that time you can address both tax years--2017 and 2018. In this article by Jim Glass of The ... [Continue Reading]