Roth IRAs have become a popular option for flexible retirement planning. A benefit to this type of retirement account is the fact that contributions to a Roth IRA are always made with after-tax dollars. Because the contributions in a Roth IRA have already been taxed, withdrawals from that account are
Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of different retirement plans is crucial to long-term tax planning. Most retirement plan investment earnings are taxed at ordinary income tax rates—you receive an ordinary tax deduction for every contribution, and you pay ordinary income tax rates when you withdraw funds. However, certain types of
When the need for emergency funds arises, many taxpayers may be tempted to turn to their retirement accounts. However, if the account holder has not reached full retirement age (FRA), withdrawing those funds early can result in a slew of tax penalties and other deductions. Before pulling retirement funds, taxpayers
This week’s blog focuses on a loophole to the $3,000 deduction on capital loss losses. Businesses don’t always go as people hope they will. Unfortunately, in the last year we’ve seen a lot of struggle. Many businesses in specific industries, including food and entertainment, have had to close their doors.
Income taxes are one area where your clients can make a substantial number of mistakes when planning for retirement. Many individuals do not have the knowledge or training necessary to protect their client’s retirement correctly. Thousands of dollars may be forfeited in this way, resulting in a lower standard of
As a tax professional, you may have thought about how you can expand your business to include additional revenue streams such as payroll and bookkeeping. And if you’re like a lot of my clients, the opportunity to provide financial services has seemed like an idea worth considering as well. The
In 1900, at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, life for everyday Americans was not much different than it was in 1700. Then, gasoline-powered automobiles replaced horse-drawn carriages, and everything changed. Fast forward a little over a century. In 2030, when driverless cars arrive, the revolution may be even bigger.
“I’m sorry, officer. I didn’t know the speed limit was only 25 in a school zone.” When is the last time that one worked for you? Right. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. It usually doesn’t fly with the IRS either. Despite this, the tax court issued an opinion
It was one of the greatest financial bets of all time. Hedge fund manager John Paulson bet big against subprime mortgages ahead of last decade’s financial crisis, earning billions in profits for his funds. It was a gamble that, in the long run, didn’t pay off. Along with the $4