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Category: Retirement Planning

July 15, 2024

Reema Patel and Stephanie Anderson to Present on Effective Retirement Planning Strategies for the Greater Washington Society of CPAs

Reema Patel, CPA, CFP®, a partner at Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell (CBM), and Stephanie Anderson, CFA, CFP®, CDFA®, a manager of financial planning and wealth management at CBM, are scheduled to present on effective retirement planning strategies for the Greater Washington Society of CPAs (GWSCPA). Their session, which will be offered virtually, is scheduled on Thursday, August 22 from 11 am to 12 pm EDT. Reema and Stephanie are both CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERSTM who collaborate with clients to pursue their… Read more ›

May 31, 2024

The Impact of Significant Life Transitions on Tax Planning (Part I) 

Although preparing your taxes can be a smooth process in some years, significant life transitions can be counted upon to complicate your tax situation eventually. This article won’t delve deeply into each transition—other articles on our website (e.g. regarding divorce) provide greater detail for each transition. But CBM would like to offer the following overview of events that may occur in the lives of many taxpayers.   This will be the first of a two-part series on life transitions and tax… Read more ›

April 29, 2024

IRS Extends Relief For Inherited IRAs

For the third consecutive year, the IRS has published guidance that offers some relief to taxpayers covered by the “10-year rule” for required minimum distributions (RMDs) from inherited IRAs or other defined contribution plans. But the IRS also indicated in Notice 2024-35 that forthcoming final regulations for the rule will apply for the purposes of determining RMDs from such accounts in 2025. Beneficiaries Face RMD Rule Changes The need for the latest guidance traces back to the 2019 enactment of… Read more ›

December 27, 2023

The IRS Has Announced Increased Retirement Plan Benefits for 2024

With the 2024 tax year right around the corner, there’s good news coming from the IRS. According to a recent announcement from the tax agency (Notice 2023-75), there will be increases to retirement plan contributions next year due to inflation adjustments. Here’s a rundown of some of the changes: Contributions to 401(k) and 403(b) Plans. Taxpayers will be able to contribute up to $23,000 in 2024, up from $22,500 in 2023. The catch-up contribution amount for those age 50 and… Read more ›

August 17, 2023

Mid-year Tax Planning for Small Businesses and Owners

Summer isn’t just for barbeques and baseball. It’s also a good time to think about ways to cut your 2023 business tax bill. Here are four planning ideas for small business owners to consider, assuming there won’t be any changes to current federal tax laws at least through 2024. 1. Establish a Tax-Favored Retirement Plan If your business doesn’t already have a retirement plan, now might be the time to take the plunge. Current rules allow for significant annual deductible… Read more ›

May 22, 2023

Social Security’s Future: The Problem And the Proposals

Recent reports have raised anew concerns about the impending insolvency of the Social Security program, absent congressional action. Social Security reform has long been considered a “third rail” of American politics and understandably so — the options for heading off insolvency will inevitably cause pain for significant segments of the population. Yet some in Congress have stepped forward with proposals that aim to tackle the problem. The Impending Shortfall Social Security currently provides benefits to more than 66 million recipients. The Congressional… Read more ›

March 30, 2023

Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits

Are you retiring soon? Unsure of if you will have enough money to get by? Social Security is supposed to give you financial support when you are no longer earning an income of your own but its process can be confusing. If you’ve already started your benefits or found you have made a mistake, these solutions may help. Taxes and the age you start collecting Social Security benefits can all change how much you get from the government each month…. Read more ›

March 9, 2023

What is Social Security and When to Apply?

This blog discusses content from CBM’s Maximizing Social Security Benefits and Avoiding Mistakes webinar. To watch the webinar click here. Previous webinars can be found here. Like the content? Get alerts about future webinars here. Anyone who gets a paycheck knows that Social Security exists, by the little tax line. But do you know how it works? An important part of financial planning is knowing where your money is going and what you will get in return. This post discusses… Read more ›

February 21, 2023

Estate Planning Tips for Married Couples

For married people with large estates, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) brings welcome relief from federal estate and gift taxes, as well as the generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax. Here’s what you need to know and how to take advantage of the favorable changes. Estate Planning Tips: Estate and Gift Tax Basics The TCJA sets the unified federal estate and gift tax exemption at $12.92 million per person for 2023 (up from $12.06 million for 2022). For married couples,… Read more ›

February 17, 2023

Reading the Tea Leaves: Potential Tax Legislation in the New Congress

The 2022 mid-term election has shifted the scales in Washington, D.C., with the Democrats no longer controlling both houses of Congress. While it remains to be seen if — and when — any tax-related legislation can muster the requisite bipartisan support, a review of certain provisions in existing laws may provide an indication of the many areas ripe for action in the next two years. Retirement catch-ups at risk The SECURE 2.0 Act, enacted at the tail end of 2022,… Read more ›