Tax Planning

The Tax Man Cometh

2023-12-19T19:59:17-06:00December 13, 2023|Tax Planning|

The Tax Man Cometh... Matt Meline, CFP November 08, 2023 Legislation moving through our federal government right now includes a number of new tax proposals. Nothing is final, but I thought it would be helpful to see where the plan is heading and any actions that we should consider. 1. The high end of the ordinary income tax bracket is proposed to be moved back up to 39.6% at a much lower income level – and the marriage penalty is back. Currently the 39.6% rate would apply in 2022 for taxable income over $400,000 (single), $450,000 (married filing jointly). The chart below demonstrates that it is going to take less income to be moved up into this higher bracket. The higher income threshold is very close for single and married filiers ($400k v $450k). The marriage penalty is back and higher taxes may [...]

Health Savings Accounts: Pros, Cons, and Retirement Considerations

2023-12-19T20:06:39-06:00December 13, 2023|Tax Planning|

Health Savings Accounts: Pros, Cons, and Retirement Considerations Matt Meline, CFP November 08, 2023 What if your child needs braces? The cost may be as much as $6,000 for metal braces—more modern versions can run as much as $13,000. Your health insurance may cover only a portion of the cost. If you're well past the braces stage, what if you or a loved one needs extended care, which almost 70% of those turning 65 today are expected to need at some point? Extended care can be costly, and private health insurance plans may not cover it. Fortunately, there is a way in which you can pay for some of these expenses using a tax-advantaged savings vehicle.1,2 What is a Health Saving Account? In 2003, Congress passed the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act, which also created Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) as a tax-advantaged [...]

The Impact of SECURE 2.0 in 2024 and Beyond

2023-12-19T20:14:47-06:00December 13, 2023|Tax Planning|

The Impact of SECURE 2.0 in 2024 and Beyond Matt Meline, CFP November 08, 2023 SECURE 2.0: Changes Going Into Effect in 2024 Passed in 2019, the SECURE Act was the most substantial retirement legislation in over a decade. It contained important changes designed to help investors save more and be better prepared for the future. To build on the popular aspects of the SECURE Act, Congress, late last year, passed SECURE 2.0. Although the new laws will impact all savers in some ways, navigating all of the changes is a bit like putting a puzzle together; so we thought we would outline the key highlights of what provisions of SECURE 2.0 go into effect next year. New 2024 Retirement Savings Changes Retirement Plans and Personal Emergencies Distributions from retirement plans for personal emergencies will be allowed penalty-free. You will be allowed one [...]

Preparing for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Sunset at the End of 2025

2023-12-19T20:22:11-06:00December 13, 2023|Tax Planning|

Preparing for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Sunset at the End of 2025 Matt Meline, CFP November 08, 2023 While we haven’t yet said goodbye to 2023, it’s not too early to begin thinking about any tax changes that may be on the horizon. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 was designed to overhaul the federal tax code by reforming individual and business taxes. As a result, sweeping tax changes lowered marginal tax rates and the cost of capital. Although some of these provisions are permanent, most of the individual tax changes are not. Unless Congress acts, many of the changes implemented are scheduled to “sunset” on December 31, 2025. At that time, rates will revert to pre-2017 levels. Knowing what changes may be coming and preparing for this new reality may be a good first step. There may be [...]

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