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Category: Retirement Planning

October 18, 2019

CBM Presentation Inspires Donations in Support of Mid-County United Ministries

CBM Executive Vice President Debbie May generated $400 in donations for Mid-County United Ministries by developing an inspired lunch networking and presentation event on Thursday, October 17 featuring guest speaker Susy Elder Murphy. Murphy, owner of Debra Levy Eldercare Associates, led a presentation at CBM’s Bethesda, MD office for retirement-aged individuals, or those nearing retirement, on financial and life decision-making at the end of one’s career. One key focus area was whether to remain in one’s home or move to… Read more ›

August 13, 2019

DOL Expands Retirement Plan Options for Smaller Businesses

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released a final rule which should make it easier for smaller businesses to provide retirement plans to their employees. According to the DOL, the rule will enable more small and midsize unrelated businesses to join forces in multiple employer plans (MEPs) that provide their employees a defined contribution plan such as a 401(k) plan or a SIMPLE IRA plan. Certain self-employed individuals also can participate in MEPs. In October 2018, the DOL issued… Read more ›

June 26, 2019

The SECURE Act and Your Retirement Savings

On May 23, the House of Representatives passed the Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, a bill endorsed by both Republicans and Democrats designed to improve the retirement system of our nation. Approximately one out of five working Americans has no savings for retirement. According to a survey conducted by Bankrate.com, not saving enough for retirement is Americans’ top financial regret. The proposed bill would bring significant changes to retirement plans. The bill includes 29 provisions, many… Read more ›

December 6, 2018

2018 Year-End Tax Planning Letter for Individuals

Please note that following our year-end tax planning letter below are links to additional tax planning resources.  As this year is about to end, now is an excellent time to review your current tax planning strategies to ensure they’re still meeting your needs, and develop plans for 2019. It’s also a good time to take advantage of last-minute planning opportunities that could save you money now and in the coming year. With all that in mind, please call Marcia Cohen… Read more ›

November 1, 2018

CBM Acquires Financial Planning and Investment Management Firm, May Barnhard Investments (MBI)

Acquisition Expands CBM Financial Planning and Investment Management Services CBM – Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C. (CBM) has acquired May Barnhard Investments, LLC (MBI) effective November 1, 2018. MBI, a fee-only financial management firm, provides comprehensive financial planning and investment management services to help clients pursue their life goals with confidence. MBI was founded in 2013 by Debora May, CPA, CFP®, CDFA®, Judith Barnhard, CPA, CFP®, CDFA®, Jeff May, CPA and Alex Seleznev, MBA, CFP®, CFA. Ms. May, Ms. Barnhard… Read more ›

December 7, 2017

Tax-Favored Retirement Plans for Law Firm Partnerships

When it comes to setting up a tax-favored retirement plan — such as a 401(k) plan, a pension or profit sharing plan, or a simplified employee pension (SEP) plan — law firm partnerships must follow essentially the same federal income tax rules as other employers. A partnership retirement plan can potentially cover both partners of the practice and eligible firm employees. However, partnership plans can be a bit confusing because partners are considered to be employees of the firm for… Read more ›

November 2, 2017

2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments

The IRS recently issued its 2018 cost-of-living adjustments. In a nutshell, to account for inflation, many amounts increased, but some stayed at 2017 levels. As you implement 2017 year-end tax planning strategies, be sure to take these 2018 adjustments into account in your planning. (However, keep in mind that, if Congress passes a new tax law, some of these amounts may change.) Gift and estate taxes The annual gift tax exclusion increases for the first time since 2013 to $15,000… Read more ›

February 14, 2017

IRA Withdrawals that Escape the 10% Tax Penalty

The reason withdrawals from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) prior to age 59 1/2 are generally subject to a 10% tax penalty is that policymakers wanted to create a disincentive to use these savings for anything other than retirement.¹ Yet, policymakers also recognize that life can present more pressing circumstances that require access to these savings. In appreciation of this, the list of withdrawals that may be taken from an IRA without incurring a 10% early withdrawal penalty has grown… Read more ›

September 1, 2016

Tax-Planning Strategies for Inherited IRAs

Fall is a good time to pause and review your financial planning strategy. A lot can happen in a year. If your personal life, market conditions or tax laws have changed, you may need to revise your long-term financial plans. Here are some retirement and estate planning considerations that may be worthwhile. IRS Proposal Threatens Discounts on Transfers of Family-Owned Business For years, proactive taxpayers have used family limited partnerships (FLPs) and other family-owned business entities in estate planning. If… Read more ›