Retirement Planning Strategies to Avoid Higher Medicare Premiums

When planning for their clients’ retirement, most financial advisors tell their clients to utilize 401(k) accounts and IRAs to accumulate as much as possible in these tax-deferred accounts. Allowing these accounts to grow tax-deferred is a great way to save for a person’s secure retirement. However, accumulating a large 401(k) or IRA can come along…

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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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Net Unrealized Appreciation: A Tax Saving Opportunity

Net Unrealized Appreciation Net unrealized appreciation (NUA) is a favorable tax planning opportunity that can often save a taxpayer tens of thousands of dollars.  However, this tax planning opportunity is often underused because most people are unaware of its existence.  In order to utilize this tax planning opportunity, an employee must own company stock in…

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Long-Term Care Insurance: Yes or No?

According to Genworth Financial, a major issuer of long-term care insurance policies, a private room in a nursing home averages $92,378 ($253/day) in 2016 while a home health aide, who works under the supervision of a registered nurse or therapist to assist with daily routines such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and medication reminders, averages $46,332…

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