If you give a gift, the IRS will forgive a tax! Put away your checkbook – Joe Anderson, CFP® and special guest Allison Alley, CFP® show you six secrets to getting bigger tax savings from your donations to charity, including organizations like 501(c)(3) non-profits, churches, and schools. Tax-Smart Charitable Giving: Financial Goals Charitable Giving Strategies […]
A year-end financial planning checklist is a must for understanding your retirement plan, optimizing investments, and reviewing tax strategies. Pure’s Financial Planner, Phillip Chinothai, CFP®, AIF®, discusses five ways to keep you on track: Review Your Investment Portfolio Maximize Retirement Plan Contributions Review Roth Conversions Plan for Tax Deductions and Credits Update Your Financial Plan […]
Do you know, right now, if you’ll run out of money in retirement? There’s a quick and easy way to find out! Using their free retirement calculator, Joe Anderson, CFP® and Big Al Clopine, CPA look at the income, savings, and expenses for a couple of YMYW viewers, calculate their retirement readiness, and spitball financial […]
Your last-minute tax questions answered: should Brad in Wahoo, NE save to his regular 401(k) instead of his Roth 401(k) so he can claim the American Opportunity Tax Credit? Should Jennifer and Zeke in NY set up a Roth IRA and file taxes for their 13-year-old who’s got some earned income? Does Cindy in San Diego have to report her Medicare Advantage over-the-counter medication benefit on her taxes? And should our buddy Carl Spackler wait until the new year to deposit his rollover check? Plus, Em in FL needs ideas for moving her Mom from a low-cost-of-living area to a high-cost-of-living area, Wannabe Landlord wonders about creating an LLC for his real estate, and can CJ in FL and IN report pro-rated real estate expenses on schedule E? Finally, the 5-year rule on Roth withdrawals once again, this time for Brutus Buckeye, and Bruce from Joisey is back, this time he wants to pay cash for a car.
Planning to retire early? Joe and Big Al spitball on bridging the gap to your retirement income when there’s a pension in the mix: Manley and his wife are in their early 50s and have teacher’s pensions. Can they retire in two and a half, or even one and a half years? Can Bucky in the Midwest retire in 2024, and can Henry Karl Kittensburg III retire in about 3 years, with all the milk his heart desires? How should Paul in Houston choose his pension options for early retirement? Is Greg in Southern California’s CalSTRS teacher’s pension enough for his retirement? Keaton Money in Colorado needs the fellas to help him decide between his pension’s fringe benefits and brokerage account returns, and Big Paw in a mid-Atlantic state asks for a spitball on how to reduce taxes on an impending headcount reduction lump sum payout.
There are several actions you can take to lower your 2023 tax bill, but they need to be implemented before December 31! These strategies include Roth conversions, tax loss harvesting, tax gain harvesting, the Backdoor Roth IRA, net unrealized appreciation, and charitable giving strategies such as a donor-advised fund. Watch this year-end tax planning webinar […]
How can Steve & Sharon in Minnesota get more money into their Roth IRA without paying more tax? That’s just one of our topics, today on Your Money, Your Wealth® podcast 455. Also, should Fred in western New York do Roth conversions before required minimum distributions (RMDs) kick in? If Mike in Utah saves on healthcare premiums now, will that mean large RMDs and tax bills later? Should Mark in Maryland do a backdoor Roth after maxing out his 401(k)? And should Joseph in Kansas contribute to his new employer’s Traditional or Roth 401(k)?
Will Ron and Candy in Connecticut ever be able to retire, and are Bruce and Selina in Philly saving enough to retire? Plus, are Pebbles and Bam Bam in Kentuckystone missing anything when it comes to using their brokerage account to pay Roth conversion taxes? And Susan in San Diego is 55, spends about $36K a year, and has almost a million saved – can she retire yet? And finally, our buddy Will knows he shouldn’t time the market, but….
Can Jessie and Becky in Iowa retire now at age 52? Should Robert and his wife file their taxes separately, to pay less tax on their required minimum distributions? Can Joe and Al validate Mike in Minnesota’s retirement plan, and does a backdoor Roth make sense for him? How in the world will Mike in New York be able to retire at a reasonable age? And what will retirement income look like for Marty in San Diego? Just spitballs here, no retirement advice!
Why does Becca in Florida’s advisor “poo-poo” her strategy for funding 529 plans for education? Keith, commenting on Spotify, wants to know about reimbursing yourself without penalty from a 529 plan for the scholarship amount used for education, and Wendy way up north in New York wants to know if she should use retirement funds to pay for college and home renovations. Plus, what are the pros and cons of starting Roth conversions for Renee in Wisconsin, and is she on track for retirement? Will the IRS penalize Dan in Michigan for not paying Roth conversion tax in January? With the 5-year Roth clock, how does compounding interest work when Aaron in Ohio changes custodians? And Kirk in Iowa wonders how the Affordable Care Act tax credit works with dependents.
Should Jim in New Jersey do the YMYW-infamous Megatron (the Mega Backdoor Roth IRA) or use his Roth 401(k) – and how can he keep bonds out of his Roth accounts? Joe and Big Al discuss the January first start date when it comes to the 5-year rule on Roth conversions for Nancy in Wisconsin, and they spitball on those Roth clocks for withdrawals and tax-efficient investments for Johnny Mercer in Savannah, GA, who also wants to know the pros and cons of bonds vs. bond funds vs. CDs. Plus, should Brad in St. Louis incorporate bonds into his investment portfolio, given the fact that he will have pensions and Social Security providing 5 streams of fixed income in retirement?
How much can you safely spend in retirement? Is the four percent rule outdated? Joe and Big Al spitball on a safe retirement distribution rate for those in the 55-60 age range for Clay in Ohio. They also spitball on withdrawal rates when there’s a pension in the mix for Johnny and June in the Bay Area of California, and for William in Maryland, who is concerned he might be exposing himself to sequence of returns risk by spending too much in early retirement. Plus, when does Dan have to take required minimum distributions from the IRA he inherited from his Dad in 2021? Finally, Wayne in San Diego wants to know how to protect his bank accounts from FedNow, the Federal Reserve’s new peer-to-peer payment system (kinda like Venmo, but not).
What should Martin do about his outrageously fee-heavy 403(b) plan? Should EF hedge his pre-tax non-qualified 415 excess plan? What should Max do with his old TIAA plan, and what are the pros and cons of a cash balance plan for self-employed people like Brent Money? Plus, Mike needs Joe and Big Al’s spitball on the highly compensated employee rule and excess 401(k) contributions, and the fellas explain how employee stock purchase plans are taxed for Big Cheese Bob the Tomato.