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A CARES Act Overview

With much of the country in self-isolation, perhaps you’ve got time to read the entire H.R. 748 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. If you’d prefer, here is a summary of many of the key provisions we expect to be discussing with you in person (virtually), depending on which ones apply to you.

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Thoughts on Taxes

First Quarter 2019|Jim Williams| Our tax systems, I’m referring primarily to federal and state income taxes, have gotten ever more complex and will likely continue that track. This is, in part, due to the social choice on taxes, which is to provide incentives for behaviors that are deemed desirable, and disincentives for behaviors that are deemed less desirable. Taxes are also based on the notion of raising revenue, to the extent possible, to fund government operations. History shows that, ironically, there are levels of taxation where increased tax rates reduce government receipts and reduced tax rates increase them. Who knew?

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A Powerful Charitable Device

Second Quarter 2016|Jim Williams| As a part of the year end legislation in 2015, Congress made permanent a special rule on IRA distributions that can be quite useful and beneficial to those IRA holders that are charitably inclined. Called the Qualifying Charitable Distribution (QCD) rule, the provision allows special tax benefits for an IRA owner who makes a distribution of IRA funds to a qualifying charity. The rule had been in place for several years before, but was of quite limited utility since the QCD was always in the "extenders" legislation that only were extended after the end of the year. That left the use of the provision in a state of being quite uncertain from a planning perspective. Again, now the QCD provision is permanent. How can QCDs work for you?

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Super-Size My IRA Equals Bad Tax Planning?

First Quarter 2013|Jim Williams| There is now a proposal to limit retirement accounts to about $3.4 million. My first reaction to this bit of news was quite negative. But then I started thinking about it and I realized that this is just a way of helping us do better financial planning. Yes, really. Read on.

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