Dennis Prout and Heidi Thompson discuss Social Security and Medicare Taxes in this episode. Tune in to understand options to consider in this current economy.
By some miracle, we were able to get Jon Sluis out of his office during tax season! We aren’t going to waste his time or yours … so we’ve come up with a list of FRESH, relevant questions! So whether you’re planning solo or as a business owner, now is the time to take a closer look at the numbers and strategies available to you.
Today, we’ll ask Jon about the new tax laws and how they are affecting people right now. For business owners, we’ll discuss business income deductions and why they are important to owners. When it comes to saving, we want to know how CPAs and advisors think differently. And when it comes to spending, how do consumers think differently?
Are you working with the right tax professional? With the April deadline fast approaching, you may have already started reviewing your financial documents for your 2019 return. But do you have a qualified professional on your planning team? There are certain questions to ask and criteria to look for before hiring anyone. Tune in today and we’ll give you some questions that may help you!
Also, as promised, we are keeping you up-to-date with the SECURE Act and how it will affect your planning.
Finally … Heidi has some pertinent Health Savings Account information you definitely don’t want to miss!
In this episode Dennis Prout talks about the economy and current situations such as the Coronavirus that could have an impact globally. Also discussed is the Secure Act and and the Required Beginning Date (RBD), which is the date an individual is required to begin taking their Required Minimum Distributions (RMD).
Chances are you have heard about the 3.8% surtax that went into effect in 2013 under the Affordable Care Act – but do you know if and when you might need to pay it? Despite changes to the tax code in recent years, the Medicare tax and net investment income tax remain in effect. This surtax requires that an additional tax be paid by those with investment income, whether from interest, dividends, capital gains or rental properties when they are above the annual income threshold. Trusts and estates are hit especially hard; they reach the income threshold at only $12,950 in 2020. For those still earning wages or self-employment income, there might be an additional 0.9% Medicare tax to consider as well.
New Legislation called The Secure Act passed in 2019 that will be effective for 2020 tax year. Also discussed in this episode is the new IRS form W4.
Dennis, Heidi and the team are back from their annual TD Ameritrade Conference in Orlando, Florida. It’s always a mind-blowing experience to hear from global experts in the world of finance and beyond. So today, we’ll cover exciting topics from blockchain to bitcoin. The global market is getting close to home. In fact, it’s already in your backyard.
And speaking of your yard, if you expect to find a pot of gold buried there, think again. Most families plan on leaving their treasures to charities, which isn’t such a bad idea considering that Millennials are turning out to be the most generous generation yet.
Did you know that Heidi and I (Shea) have been working together for 11 years now? Over the last few years we have developed a workshop for women called “Flourish.” This event teaches women how to look at planning for their financial future from the bird’s-eye view. This broad perspective helps us decide where we want to land in retirement.
Turns out, men want to hear the information too!
You’re in luck! Heidi and I are taking over the studio to share portions of our workshop with you. This is also a great show for younger family members who are trying to understand how and why they should get started.
As 2019 rounds the bend and gets closer to the finish, so are some legislative acts that we’ve been talking about. Ed Slott, America’s IRA expert, warned us about the likely passage of the SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act in 2020. As of last week, it passed both houses and President Trump signed the bill.
After analyzing over 225 million hours of working time in 2017, RescueTime found the average digital user switches between tasks more than 300 times per day during working hours. Daily we are making decisions about work while simultaneously managing our families, health and finances. Our digital lives, which was intended to make management easier, have made us accessible 24/7.
As a nation, I wonder if we are experiencing decision fatigue. How does one get ahead with their financial goals when the path to get there is crowded with so many immediate demands.
Tune in today and we talk about the psychology of money while giving you tangible ways to systemize your investment plans. If you want to learn more about how to manage decision fatigue, check out this Fast Company article.
It’s hard to believe that it’s 2020. As a kid I (Shea) would try to imagine what the year would look like. I hoped for flying cars, robot butlers and world peace. I never imagined working full time, paying a mortgage and living what would still be considered “real life.” I certainly didn’t predict that AM radio would still be alive and well and that I’d be on it! Lucky me!
What are you predicting this year? We’ve been hearing from quite a lot of entrepreneurs that they would like to sell their businesses. It feels like a good time to cut ties, but where does one land in this transaction? I have Tim Cartwright (Heidi's brother), advisor and partner at Fifth Avenue Family Office® in Naples, Florida. He’s been in the mergers and acquisitions business long enough to offer sound advice. Hindsight is 20/20, and he’s going to share it with you today.
There’s high drama in Washington, D.C. We’ve been glued to the news. These are wild times and yet, as Ecclesiastes 1:9 says, “There is nothing new under the sun.” How does one move forward with a plan for 2020 when it appears that everything around us is unpredictable? Especially during an election year?
Our suggestion … go back to the numbers. Today, Dennis and Heidi will cover the stats of 2019 with strategic ways to approach the New Year. Tune in, call in and weigh in with your plans.
How did you fare under the Trump tax plan? If you’re not sure, now would be the time to look instead of waiting until April 15, 2020, which is why we have special guest, Jon Sluis, CPA President of Intrust CPAs on the air with us today. He will share why there is a certain level of urgency for the self-employed and small business to consider your tax position before year-end.
If you’re retired, you’ll need to look at RMDs and qualified charitable distributions, and how those affect your tax bracket. For those of you still working, you’ll want to know how contributing to your retirement account, HSAs, and other tax saving strategies can help your tax game.
Can you believe that 2020 is less than a month away? It seems like yesterday that we were worried about Y2K! Time flies when you’re having a good time, so what happens when you’re not? Maybe you’ve put in the time, paid your dues and now it’s time to retire. You’ve even endured a “few extra years” to build up the nest egg, and now it’s time to fly solo … this is the YEAR!
We want to help you take the leap into the highly anticipated and great unknown.
Today, we’re going to give you a checklist of “to-do’s” before you mark your career “to-done.” There’s never been more retirement responsibility on YOU than today. Relax, it’s what we like “to-do.”
Retired lawyer Doug Godbe has a few things to share after his nearly 42-year career as a probate and estate planning attorney. In fact, he might surprise you with some of his thoughts about estate planning. Doug never practiced law in Michigan, his legal career was in California only. Accordingly, his statements today are merely observations of general probate and estate law. You should always consult with a licensed lawyer in your state for legal advice. For the last 31 years of his practice, Doug was a sole practitioner in Orange County, California. He has also authored five books on estate planning, probate and financial powers of attorneys.
Tune in, and you might be pleasantly surprised by some of his ideas like: “Don’t leave NOTHING to your least favorite relative. Leave them SOMETHING with a ‘no contest’ clause. It will be more painful for them to lose the money they’ve inherited contesting it than it will be for them to lose nothing contesting what they didn’t receive.”
Do you want to retire but you’re not sure if you can afford health care once you do? You’re not alone! A 65-year-old couple retiring in 2019 will spend approximately $390,000 out-of-pocket on medical expenses during their retirement years. And this does not include dental care, which Medicare does not cover. If you’re concerned about retiring for these reasons, your fear is not unfounded. Local health insurance expert, Laverna Witkop, is joining us this week to give us updates on Medicare and open enrollment for individual health plans. She’ll also explain how COBRA and HSA plans work.
This is a show you can’t afford to miss. Plus, we will explain why including your health insurance professional in your retirement planning is as imperative as including your CPA and attorney.
If you’re a regular listener, you know that we regularly remind you to check your beneficiary forms. And then we remind you to check them again. And just in case if you forget, we tell you to check them once more. But what happens when your name is on the list? When YOU are listed as a beneficiary on an IRA? There are rules for spousal and non-spousal beneficiaries, and we are going to cover them today.
If you’re planning on a pension, you might want to plan again. As of this year, The American Legislative Exchange Council released this information: State pensions across the country are funded at an average of 35% of what they should be. This translates into an average of $18,300 in unfunded pension liabilities for every man, woman and child across the United States. The new report measures nearly 300 state-administered pension plans and, in total, they have unfunded liabilities of nearly $6 trillion.
In other words, it’s time to take an assessment of your current financial situation in case your pension disappears, or you’re given a buyout option. We have created a five-point checklist to help you navigate this unfortunate and all too familiar scenario. Tune in to find out more!
Of the 618,000 millionaire Millennials in the U.S., the highest concentration of them are living here in the 49686 ZIP code, according to a recent report by Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and WealthEngine. If that’s hard to believe, try to understand this recent calculation by Professor Olivia S. Mitchell: Millennials will need to save almost HALF of their paycheck to retire at 65. In contrast, their parents (or grandparents) are considered the wealthiest generation in American history. They will be transferring close to $68 trillion in assets when they pass. How can they help the younger generation of non-millionaires retire? Do they need to?
Tune in to find out exactly how much Dennis disagrees with this 50% rule and why. We think you’ll be encouraged to hear an advisor’s perspective.
We always know when it’s time to talk about qualified charitable distributions (QCDs). It’s usually when two things happen: The snowbirds start to head south, and the snow hits the ground here. Both have happened ahead of schedule … and so can your QCD! We are going to answer six of the most asked questions regarding QCDs, along with how to meet the QCD requirements (there are 12).
If you’re making a giving list and checking it twice, now might be a good time to tune in. We’ll be ready for your questions!
In the gray area between IRAs and qualified plans (employer-sponsored retirement plans that qualify for special tax treatment) are SIMPLE plans (retirement plans that are commonly offered by companies with no more than 100 employees). Sometimes SIMPLE plans follow the IRA rules and sometimes they follow the qualified plan rules. This confusion about which rules a SIMPLE plan adheres to might be what makes moving forward with it a scary prospect for employers.
Today, we are going to do our best to simplify the SIMPLE plans
There may come a time when you need to access your retirement accounts earlier than you intended. Be forewarned, it’s expensive – meaning, you’ll pay a 10% early withdrawal penalty plus income tax, which can erode half of the distribution. So, while the income tax cannot be avoided on early distributions, the 10% early withdrawal penalty can sometimes be avoided. Meaning, there are exceptions to the rules!
1. Exceptions that apply to distributions from both company plans and IRAs
2. Exceptions that apply only to distributions from IRAs
3. Exceptions that apply only to distributions from company plans
It’s important to know which exceptions apply to which plan, otherwise you could be in trouble!
Tune in to find out more.
Maybe it’s your child, your grandchild or even your sibling who needs extra help. Have you considered an ABLE Account? ABLE Accounts are meant to be used in addition to government benefits and are specifically designed not to jeopardize those benefits.
The ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act of 2014 was enacted with the purpose of encouraging and assisting individuals and families in saving private funds for supporting individuals. These accounts are wonderful, but also wonderfully complicated. You must be careful when planning.
“It’s my retirement money, and I should be able to do with it as I please!” is the argument of a novice. Age comes with both wisdom and the knowledge that we will have to acquiesce to the government regulations on how retirement accounts are dispersed. For example, at age 70½, you’ll be required to start taking money from most accounts, and there will be more rules than exceptions. Dennis and Heidi attended the Ed Slott conference last week and will be sharing the four common RMD (required minimum distribution) mistakes.
1.Rolling over the entire plan balance to an IRA with the intent to “take the RMD later” from the IRA
2.Rolling over only part of the plan now to an IRA with the intent to “take the RMD later” from the plan
4. QCD (qualified charitable distribution) mistakes
If you’re nearing this magical age, this is a show you won’t want to miss!
If there were a 12-step program suitable for every human being, it would be for recovering control freaks. Yes, I’m talking about you – and me – and the guy across the street. The human condition is such that we feel like we have control even when we don’t. In fact, Psychology Today tells us that we will happily deceive ourselves just to achieve that feeling. How does that pair with retirement, a time in life when work routines, family time and income all change? What do we control? J.P. Morgan created the 2019 Guide to Retirement and it’s very insightful. They break the retirement equation into three parts: Total Control, Some Control and Out of Your Control.
For those of us who are self-proclaimed “planners,” we might need a little reality check as we face the future. Or as Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “Plans are nothing; planning is everything.”