When new office employees are starting a new job, they often go through the same routine. The first few days are spent locating the break room, finding a good parking spot, and orienting to the cultural norms. Then there’s the meeting with human resources—you get a key card, complete payroll deduction paperwork, and review compliance documents. Dental insurance? Extra life insurance? How much should the company take out for 401(k) contributions? Pre-tax or after tax? Most people go with the ... [Continue Reading]
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Among many other changes we’ve highlighted in recent communications, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 changed the rules regarding home mortgage interest tax deductions for tax years 2018-2025. Many CCM clients have had questions about this so we wanted to share some key factors that will determine the deductibility of interest paid on a mortgage loan. The mortgage must qualify as acquisition debt in order for the interest to be deductible as home mortgage interest. Acquisition debt is ... [Continue Reading]
As the new year begins it brings many important tax-related limits, rates, and deduction updates to be noted. Included below are some of the key items for CCM clients to be aware of. Be sure to contact any member of our Tax Team with questions on how these changes may impact your integrated wealth management planning for 2019 or future years. NOTE: The information provided in this article is intended for clients of Carlson Capital Management. We recommend that individuals consult with ... [Continue Reading]
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]
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]