2020 Tax Brackets and Limits Announced

The IRS recently updated tax brackets and some limits for 2020, using information based on the Consumer Price Index published by the Department of Labor. Use these early figures to start developing your tax strategies for next year. Tax Brackets in 2020 Marginal Rate Single Filers Joint Filers 0% Less than $9,875 Less than $19,750 […]

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2020 Social Security Changes Announced

The Social Security Administration announced a 1.6 percent boost to monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for 2020. The increase is based on the rise in the Consumer Price Index over the past 12 months ending in September 2019. For those still contributing to Social Security through wages, the potential maximum income […]

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Save Money with These Year-End Tips

The end of the year is coming on fast, but there’s still time to reduce your potential tax obligation and save money this year (and maybe even next). Here are some ideas to consider: Estimate your 2019 and 2020 taxable income. With these estimates you can determine which year receives the greatest benefit from a […]

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More Changes Coming to Form 1040

In 2018, the government attempted to “simplify” the tax-filing process by drastically shortening Form 1040. The result was six new schedules that created a lot of confusion. Now the IRS is attempting to ease some of that pain by revising the form and removing some schedules. Here is what you need to know: More information […]

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Know Your Rights with Bill Collectors

Each year thousands of people fall behind in paying their bills, oftentimes due to circumstances outside of their control. If you find yourself in that situation, you may end up dealing with aggressive debt collectors. If you do, realize that there are strict rules in place that forbid any kind of collector harassment in the […]

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Make Gift Tax Rules Work for You

As you approach your retirement years, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the IRS gift giving rules. Once you understand them there are opportunities to leverage this tax law without creating a tax problem. The rules You can give up to $15,000 to any individual (the “donee”) in 2019 and avoid any gift […]

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Help Older Adults Avoid Financial Scams

There are a variety of scams and fraudulent schemes that target older adults. IRS impersonation scams are the most prevalent scams targeting older adults, but financial scams can take a variety of forms. Unfortunately, funds stolen as a result of these scams are often never recovered. You can ensure this doesn’t happen to your loved […]

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Municipal Bonds: An Investment with Tax Breaks

Everybody likes getting something for free, and taxes are no different. Investing in securities like municipal bonds (sometimes referred to by the nickname “munis”) or municipal bond funds generates tax-free interest income. Here is what you need to know. Tax advantages of municipal bonds You pay zero federal tax on municipal bond investment income. Depending […]

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