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Is Tax Loss Harvesting Worth It?

Introduction After a rough year in the market, it’s rare an investor didn’t experience losses. How you treat those losses come tax time can mean a lot in the long run of your financial plan. “Good portfolio management focuses on after tax rate of returns,” says Ballast Advisors Managing partner Paul Parnell. Tax harvesting is … Read more

Checklists for Year-End Tax Planning

What are appropriate checklists for year-end tax planning? Tax planners often develop checklists to guide taxpayers toward year-end strategies that might help reduce taxes. Typically, suggestions are grouped into several different categories, such as “Filing Status” or “Employee Matters,” for ease of reading. When year-end approaches, it might be wise to review each suggestion under … Read more

How to Minimize Taxes During Market Downturns

 Market downturns, like the one through the first half of 2022, could be a good time to adjust your fund portfolio to minimize the tax bite. Here’s how to calculate the best ways to do that – now and in the future.  Taxable accounts you hold longer than a year incur long-term capital gains taxes … Read more

Retirement Legislation Awaits Further Action

Legislation that could benefit people with individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans is currently moving through Congress. The Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2022 has passed almost unanimously in the House. A similar bill (with some differences), the Enhancing American Retirement Now Act, has been drafted in the Senate but will have … Read more

Hurricane Emergency Planning Resources

Homeowners who live in areas affected by hurricanes know that the damage incurred by such storms can be significant. In these stressful times, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical and other records is crucial. For more helpful financial preparedness tips, download the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) to plan ahead. LINK: Emergency Financial First … Read more

Don’t Get Rid of Dividend-Paying Stocks Just Yet

  “Money makes money. And the money that money makes, makes money.”  Since the beginning of the year, economists and pundits seem united in the belief that economic growth will continue to contract, propelling inflation and interest rates to levels that we haven’t seen in years. When the Federal Reserve lifts the fed funds rate … Read more

CHIPs and Science Act Aims to Preserve U.S. Technology Edge

The CHIPs and Science Act of 2022, signed into law on August 9, is a bipartisan legislation package that provides more than $50 billion in direct financial assistance for semiconductor companies to increase U.S.-based design, research, and manufacturing capabilities. In addition, the legislation authorizes nearly$170 billion in federal funding over five years for research and … Read more

IRS Releases 2023 Key Numbers for Health Savings Accounts

The IRS has released the 2023 key tax numbers for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). The IRS has released the 2023 contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs), as well as the 2023 minimum deductible and maximum out-of-pocket amounts for high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). An HSA is a tax-advantaged account that’s … Read more

Now Might Be a Good Time for a Roth Conversion

A cost-benefit analysis could help determine whether it would be beneficial to pay taxes on some of your IRA assets now rather than later. One silver lining in the current bear market is that this could be a good time to convert assets from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. Converted assets are subject … Read more