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Should you name a trust as IRA beneficiary?

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

An IRA is a popular vehicle to save for retirement, and it can also be a powerful estate planning tool. Some people designate a trust as beneficiary of their IRAs, but is that a good idea? The answer: possibly. IRA benefits The benefit of an IRA is that your contributions can grow and compound… Read More »

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Double duty giving with charitable gift annuities

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

If you’re charitably inclined, you may wish to consider a charitable gift annuity. It can combine the benefits of an immediate income tax deduction and a lifetime income stream. Furthermore, it allows you to support a favorite charity and reduce the size of your future taxable estate. What is it? A charitable gift annuity… Read More »

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Make a 2015 contribution to an IRA before time runs out

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

Tax-advantaged retirement plans allow your money to grow tax-deferred — or, in the case of Roth accounts, tax-free. But annual contributions are limited by tax law, and any unused limit can’t be carried forward to make larger contributions in future years. So it’s a good idea to use up as much of your annual limits as… Read More »

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2016 IRA contributions — it’s not too late!

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

Yes, there’s still time to make 2016 contributions to your IRA. The deadline for such contributions is April 18, 2017. If the contribution is deductible, it will lower your 2016 tax bill. But even if it isn’t, making a 2016 contribution is likely a good idea. Benefits beyond a deduction Tax-advantaged retirement plans like IRAs… Read More »

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Few changes to retirement plan contribution limits for 2017

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

Retirement plan contribution limits are indexed for inflation, but with inflation remaining low, most of the limits remain unchanged for 2017. The only limit that has increased from the 2016 level is for contributions to defined contribution plans, which has gone up by $1,000. Type of limit 2017 limit Elective deferrals to 401(k), 403(b),… Read More »

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There’s still time to set up a retirement plan for 2016

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

Saving for retirement can be tough if you’re putting most of your money and time into operating a small business. However, many retirement plans aren’t difficult to set up and it’s important to start saving so you can enjoy a comfortable future. So if you haven’t already set up a tax-advantaged plan, consider doing… Read More »

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Tax-smart options for your old retirement plan when you change jobs

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

There’s a lot to think about when you change jobs, and it’s easy for a 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan to get lost in the shuffle. But to keep building tax-deferred savings, it’s important to make an informed decision about your old plan. First and foremost,don’t take a lump-sum distribution from your old employer’s… Read More »

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Should you make a “charitable IRA rollover” in 2016?

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

Last year a break valued by many charitably inclined retirees was made permanent: the charitable IRA rollover. If you’re age 70½ or older, you can make direct contributions — up to $100,000 annually — from your IRA to qualified charitable organizations without owing any income tax on the distributions. Satisfy your RMD A charitable IRA… Read More »

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3 mutual fund tax hazards to watch out for

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

Investing in mutual funds is an easy way to diversify a portfolio, which is one reason why they’re commonly found in retirement plans such as IRAs and 401(k)s. But if you hold such funds in taxable accounts, or are considering such investments, beware of these three tax hazards: High turnover rates. Mutual funds with high turnover rates… Read More »

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