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Estate Planning

By definition, term life insurance policies come to an end. But permanent policies such as whole life insurance typically provide a lifetime death benefit, regardless of your health, as long as you pay the premiums to keep the policy in force. Thus, a whole life or survivorship life policy could play an important role in [...]

Tax-Free Insurance Upgrades

How Can I Upgrade My Insurance — Tax-Free? Responding to the changing needs of consumers, the life insurance industry has developed some alternatives that go much further in satisfying a variety of financial needs and objectives than some of the more traditional types of insurance and annuities. Advancements Modern contracts offer much more financial flexibility [...]

Mutual Fund Profits

How Can I Keep More of My Mutual Fund Profits? Provisions in the tax code allow you to pay lower capital gains taxes on the sale of assets held more than one year. Short-term gains — those resulting from the sale of assets held for one year or less — are taxed as ordinary income [...]

Tax-Free Investments

Is There Such a Thing as a Tax-Free Investment? The simple answer to this question is “yes.” There are two main types: (1) municipal bonds and municipal bond mutual funds and (2) tax-free money market funds. Municipal bonds are issued by state and local governments in order to finance capital expenditures; typically, municipal bond funds [...]

Tax-Advantaged Alternatives

What Tax-Advantaged Alternatives Do I Have? A strong savings program is essential for any sound financial strategy. We take Benjamin Franklin’s saying to heart, “A penny saved is a penny earned,” and we save our spare cash in savings accounts and certificates of deposit. Investors who’ve accumulated an adequate cash reserve are to be commended. [...]

Tax-Advantaged Investments

How Can I Benefit from Tax-Advantaged Investments? For many people, tax-advantaged investing is an excellent way to reduce their income tax liability. And while many of the traditional tax-advantaged strategies have been eliminated, there are still alternatives left that can help you reduce your taxes. Some are described below. Real Estate Partnerships Two of the [...]

Tax Deductions

What tax deductions are still available to me? Tax reform measures are enacted frequently by Congress, which makes it hard for U.S. taxpayers to know which deductions are currently available to help lower their tax liability. In fact, a former head of the IRS once said that millions of taxpayers overpay their taxes every year [...]

Tax Deferral

What Is Tax Deferral? “Tax deferral” is a method of postponing the payment of income tax on currently earned investment income until the investor withdraws funds from the account. Tax deferral is encouraged by the government to stimulate long-term saving and investment, especially for retirement. Only investment vehicles designated as “tax deferred,” such as IRAs, [...]

Withdrawing Before Age 59.5

What Happens If I Withdraw Money from My Tax-Deferred Investments Before Age 59½? Withdrawing taxable funds from a tax-deferred retirement account before age 59½ generally triggers a 10% federal income tax penalty, on top of any federal income taxes due. (Distributions from Section 457(b) plans are generally not subject to an early distribution penalty; and the [...]

Retirement Plan Taxes

When Must Taxes Be Paid on IRA and Employer-Sponsored Retirement Funds? Traditional IRAs and most employer-sponsored retirement plans are tax-deferred accounts, which means they are typically funded with pre-tax or tax-deductible dollars. As a result, taxes are not payable until funds are withdrawn, generally in retirement. Withdrawals from tax-deferred accounts are subject to income tax [...]