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ABLE Accounts After Tax Reform

ABLE Accounts After Tax Reform

Recent federal tax reform legislation has added several favorable new tax provisions for ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) accounts. ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities that are typically used to cover qualified disability expenses. Generally, an ABLE account is disregarded for purposes of determining eligibility for, and the amount of, any assistance or benefit provided under certain means-tested federal programs.

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Goodbye Marriage Penalty–Almost

Marriage

One of the unexpected gifts from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was the virtual elimination of the so-called “marriage penalty.” But at the same time, the new tax regime imposes a new “stealth” marriage penalty which will show up for taxpayers in higher-tax states.

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Tax Simplification That Really Is

Simplification

One of the biggest misnomers coming out of Washington is the idea of “tax simplification,” where Congress purportedly makes it easier for all of us to fill out our tax returns by adding several thousand pages of new rules, rates and lists of things we can and cannot deduct under new lists of circumstances. Continue reading “Tax Simplification That Really Is”

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The Long Reach of the IRS

England

You probably don’t spend a lot of time feeling sorry for a U.S. citizen named Meghan Markle, who is about to tie the proverbial knot with Prince Harry of England. But an article in the Wall Street Journal notes that Ms. Markle, and other American citizens who marry foreigners, face a lifetime of harassment by America’s Internal Revenue Service.

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Estate Tax Versus Inheritance Tax — What’s The Difference?

Inheritance

One of the most important components of financial planning is ensuring a sound plan is in place for the transfer of an individual’s estate upon their passing. Several changes have been (and continue to be) made to federal and state laws that govern the transfer and subsequent taxation of estates in the United States, leaving many people feeling overwhelmed by the sheer complexities that exist. Continue reading “Estate Tax Versus Inheritance Tax — What’s The Difference?”

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Tax Implications of Fully Repealing the ACA

ACA

One of many contentious political issues today, the future of healthcare in America has sparked debate across the country. As President Trump settles into office, it has become clear that changes are coming, whether in the form of smaller-scale adjustments to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or a full repeal and replacement of the law. Continue reading “Tax Implications of Fully Repealing the ACA”

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Changes to Social Security

Changes

There are some significant changes to the Social Security program this year which you should be aware of, particularly if you are thinking of retiring soon or already have. One of the most important components of an individual’s retirement plan is the opportunity to receive monthly income from the Social Security program. Over 65 million people received benefits from programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2015. Continue reading “Changes to Social Security”

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