Joe Anderson
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As CEO and President, Joe Anderson has created a unique, ambitious business model utilizing advanced service, training, sales, and marketing strategies to grow Pure Financial Advisors into the trustworthy, client-focused company it is today. Pure Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), was ranked 15 out of 100 top ETF Power Users by RIA channel (2023), was [...]

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Alan Clopine is the Executive Chairman of Pure Financial Advisors, LLC (Pure). He has been an executive leader of the Company for over a decade, including CFO, CEO, and Chairman. Alan joined the firm in 2008, about one year after it was established. In his tenure at Pure, the firm has grown from approximately $50 [...]

Published On
August 13, 2016

Joe Anderson, CFP® and Big Al Clopine CPA answer frequently asked financial planning questions about divorce, tax deductions, business profits, Roth IRAs, IRA rollovers and more from Investopedia in episode 56 of the YMYW podcast. Original publish date August 13, 2016 (hour 1). Note that content may be outdated as rules and regulations have changed.

00:00 – Intro

02:32 – “I am paying off a loan for CDL (commercial driver’s license) school, and wondering if it is tax deductible. Does it matter if I no longer work in the trucking industry? I’m fairly inexperienced in the area of tax deductions. I understand the interest on loans is the only part that is deductible, right?”

04:11 – “After a divorce, can assets be distributed to into an account that is not in my ex-spouses name?”

06:54 – “Can a company have an extremely high gross margin and negative operating margin at the same time?”

07:58 – “Will I have to pay capital gains tax on the sale of two different homes?”

11:20 – “Can I draw $30,000 out of my ROTH IRA and put it back within a short amount of time?

12:22 – “I am a high income worker (over $250K / year). I would like to do a Roth IRA for my wife using the back door method. What would be the benefits of a Roth IRA going forward?

16:24 – “My late wife and I bought a house 20 years ago for $450,000. My wife passed away 4 years ago to cancer, so for the last 3 years I have been filing my taxes as a widow. I’m planning to sell the house for $900,000 now. How much capital gain tax am I supposed to pay? And how much tax exemption can I get?”

20:42 – “Is a 401(k) QDRO distribution taxed twice?”

28:48 – “You can wait as late as age 70 to collect Social Security, and for many of you that’s probably a really good idea because you’ll get a lot more benefit doing that.”

29:47 – “A lot of you are behind in your planning, but a lot of you have done a great job. Here’s a way to do a little self-check; there are really five things that you need to consider when it comes to financial planning.”

34:34 – “Part of being successful [in retirement] is saving on taxes because what we see is that a lot of people have the majority of their assets in retirement accounts and when you pull those dollars out, you need to pay ordinary income taxes. Here’s the key: people have a lot more control over how much they pay in taxes than they might think.”


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CFP® – The CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification is by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. To attain the right to use the CFP® designation, an individual must satisfactorily fulfill education, experience and ethics requirements as well as pass a comprehensive exam. Thirty hours of continuing education is required every two years to maintain the designation.

AIF® – Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation is administered by the Center for Fiduciary Studies fi360. To receive the AIF Designation, an individual must meet prerequisite criteria, complete a training program, and pass a comprehensive examination. Six hours of continuing education is required annually to maintain the designation.

CPA – Certified Public Accountant is a license set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and administered by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Eligibility to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam is determined by individual State Boards of Accountancy. Typically, the requirement is a U.S. bachelor’s degree which includes a minimum number of qualifying credit hours in accounting and business administration with an additional one-year study. All CPA candidates must pass the Uniform CPA Examination to qualify for a CPA certificate and license (i.e., permit to practice) to practice public accounting. CPAs are required to take continuing education courses to renew their license, and most states require CPAs to complete an ethics course during every renewal period.