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Category: Education Planning

March 28, 2024

A Degree Without Debt: How to Manage the Cost of College

Embarking on a journey toward higher education is an exciting endeavor for young adults. For some, college is the first step of adulthood, living on their own and discovering a new world of opportunities. Over the past few decades however, the cost for this journey to self-discovery has gotten expensive. According to a report from U.S. News, college tuition has risen more than 125% over the last two decades. It is becoming increasingly imperative for parents and students to create… Read more ›

January 16, 2024

Manager Stephanie Anderson Joins CBM, Expanding the Firm’s Divorce Financial Planning Capabilities

Stephanie Anderson, CFA, CFP®, CDFA®, has joined Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell (CBM), a full-service tax, accounting and advisory firm, as a manager of divorce financial planning and wealth management, bringing more than 30 years of experience collaborating with clients on financial planning, strategy and wealth management. She takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to help clients confidently navigate all of life’s transitions–including divorce–and achieve their unique set of goals. “On behalf of our team, we are delighted to welcome Stephanie,”… Read more ›

October 3, 2022

Helping Your Kids Achieve Future Financial Security

Young adults who start their careers weighed down by college debt have a tough time buying a home or maxing out a retirement plan. That’s why, in 1996, Congress added Section 529 to the Internal Revenue Code. It created a new tax-advantaged college saving vehicle. More than two decades later, “529 plans” now collectively hold around $320 billion in assets.A lesser-known alternative, with its own set of pros and cons, is the custodial Roth IRA. Even if you’ve already started… Read more ›

June 7, 2022

Striking a Balance Between Retirement and College Saving

For 2022, the amount you can sock away into your 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans will rise another $1,000 to $20,500. If you’re at least 50 years of age, you can put away up to $27,000 thanks to catch-up contributions. The limit on “total additions” to those plans — that is your deferrals and employer contributions combined — rises to $61,000 in 2022 or $67,500 if you’re at least 50. While you’re contemplating how much to put into your… Read more ›

April 20, 2022

Seven Financial Questions That College Graduates Should Ask Themselves

Graduation can be one of the most exciting — and intimidating — times in your life. You’re officially an adult, and with that new-found independence comes financial responsibilities. No pressure, but the decisions you make today about spending and saving can mean the difference between struggling for the rest of your life and building a solid financial future. Here’s a list of important questions to ask yourself as you start your journey: 1. Where Should I Live? Depending on where… Read more ›

November 29, 2021

Parents of College Age Children May Qualify for a Tax Credit

  For purposes of the Child Tax Credit for the 2021 tax year, a qualifying child is one who doesn’t turn 18 before January 1, 2022, and who satisfies certain other conditions. Taxpayers who don’t qualify for the Child Tax Credit because their children are too old may have an alternative. The Credit for Other Dependents maxes out at $500 per dependent if certain conditions are met. To qualify, a dependent must: Be age 17 or older; Have an individual… Read more ›

December 31, 2020

A Dozen New Year’s Resolutions for Small Business Owners

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions for 2021? Resolutions usually take the form of personal goals like eating healthier or getting rid of clutter around the house. But you can also make New Year’s resolutions for your small business. 1. Be Realistic About Your Goals The start of a new year is often cause for optimism. This is especially true this year for many people who want to put 2020 behind them from both a business and emotional standpoint…. Read more ›

November 30, 2020

What Do the 2021 Cost-of-Living Adjustment Numbers Mean for You?

The IRS has announced its 2021 cost-of-living adjustments to tax amounts that might affect you. Many increased to account for inflation, but some remained at 2020 levels. As you implement 2020 year-end tax planning strategies, be sure to take these 2021 adjustments into account in your planning. Also, keep in mind that, under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), annual inflation adjustments are calculated using the chained consumer price index (also known as C-CPI-U). This increases tax bracket thresholds,… Read more ›

January 17, 2018

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Expands Appeal of 529 Plans in Estate Planning

It’s common for grandparents to want to help ensure their grandchildren will get a high quality education. And, along the same lines, they also want the peace of mind that their wealth will be preserved for their children and grandchildren after they’re gone. If you’re facing these challenges, one option that can help you conquer both is a 529 plan. And it’s become even more attractive under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). 529 plan in action In a… Read more ›