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Life Insurance – Understanding the Tax Implications

Permanent life insurance policies (often referred to as “Whole Life Insurance”) are a contract between a policyholder and an insurance company whereby the insurance company promises to pay a designated beneficiary a sum of money (a death benefit) upon the death of an insured in exchange for a premium. In most cases, when the designated…

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Trust Planning Opportunity and the 65 Day Rule

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It’s not too late to take advantage of planning opportunities for certain trusts for 2017 tax filings. Irrevocable Trusts that do not require the trustee make distributions of income and principal to the beneficiaries can take advantage of the “65 Day Rule”. This Rule allows trustees to make distributions within 65 days of the new…

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Qualified Charitable Distribution Strategies

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It’s time to take a fresh look at Qualified Charitable Distributions after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Many taxpayers, especially retirees with little or no mortgage interest, will no longer itemize their deductions due to the new tax law. Taxpayers will see a nearly doubling of the standard deduction (to $24,000 for married filing…

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Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Contributions

Traditional vs. Roth IRAs

In an era where pensions are few and far between and future Social Security benefits are in question, it’s important for individuals and their families to save for their own retirement savings. A great and simple way to save for your retirement (with potential tax savings) is through an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). IRA contributions…

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Video Overview on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for Individuals

Terry Cicero webinar TCJA

Webinar Recording on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and its Impact on Individuals (February 28, 2018) The new tax law, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, is now in effect for 2018. How does the new law impact individuals? Terry Cicero gives an overview in an easy-to-digest webinar in under 30 minutes. Presenter: Terry Cicero…

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Capture Tax Savings By Paying Certain Deductions Before Year End

Tax Reform

This article is from December 2017 and the strategies no longer apply. If you are ready to plan new strategies, please contact DHJJ Financial Advisors at 630-420-1360. Three Tax Savings Opportunities Before Tax Reform There is an opportunity for many taxpayers to accelerate some deductions into 2017 to reap significant tax savings. The Tax Reform…

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