Archive - January 13, 2016

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New Benefits for 529 Plans
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Financial Planning Goals for 2016
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Reverse Mortgages Require a Close Look
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Six Creative Beneficiary Designation Ideas

New Benefits for 529 Plans

On December 18, 2015, Congress approved the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015”, which includes provisions that impact 529 plans. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law the same day.

Computers

Previously, 529 rules treated computers as a Qualified Higher Education Expense only if the beneficiary’s college required them as a condition of enrollment or attendance. Under the new law, computer equipment and related hardware qualify even if they are not specifically required by the university, college, or technical school the beneficiary attends, although they must be used primarily by the beneficiary while enrolled in school. …

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Financial Planning Goals for 2016

It’s a new year and for many, that means it’s time to revisit or create new financial goals. Regardless of financial situation, popular key financial focusses for most people are to save more money, spend less money and pay off/eliminate debt. Here are a few steps you can take to get the best results from these goals.

  • Develop A Goal – What are the important things you want your money to go towards? Do you want to buy a new car? Do you want more money to save? By implementing goals, this will help you stick to your budget better
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Reverse Mortgages Require a Close Look

reverse mortgageFor many folks in their retirement years, home equity can be a substantial part of your overall net worth. According to recent figures, the equity in your home can amount to roughly 30-40 percent of your net worth, if you’re in the majority. If you and your spouse are both at least 62 years of age and have significant equity in your home, a reverse mortgage can turn that equity into tax-free cash without forcing you to move or make a monthly payment.

If it’s right for you, a reverse mortgage can be a worthwhile financial tool. If not, you …

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Six Creative Beneficiary Designation Ideas

The majority of beneficiary designations are straightforward. Spouses leave retirement accounts primarily to each other and contingently divided among their children. If their children have not yet reached the age of majority, a trust may be involved.

For many, these simple and common beneficiary designations are the perfect fit for their wishes. For others, they want something more but haven’t yet thought of it. Here are 6 beneficiary designation ideas to inspire your estate planning creativity.

1. Use per stirpes to include your children’s families.

If you set your contingent beneficiary designations to divide your estate between your children, you …

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