Category - Taxes

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Do Your Research to Avoid Tax Season Tumult
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Will You Have to Pay Taxes on Stimulus Money?
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How to Become Financially Fit in 2021
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IRA and Retirement Plan Limits for 2021
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Plan Ahead for Next Year’s Taxes

Do Your Research to Avoid Tax Season Tumult

Michelle Singletary of The Washington Post offered advice for what may be a tumultuous tax season for some people and a “supersize list of some of the issues people will face this year” in “Tax season 2021: A tornado is coming.” 

Really, you do not have to fear if you have already been working with a Fee-only financial planner. And there is still time to get help from a financial planning expert for this year and for the years to come. Here are some things to consider:

File electronically if you can: The general advice this …

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Will You Have to Pay Taxes on Stimulus Money?

If you are someone who has received or will receive a stimulus check from the federal government, you may be concerned that you will need to pay taxes on those funds in the future. Kiplinger.com addresses that and a few other related tax issues in “Is Your Stimulus Check Taxable?” 

Although we are taxed on income, there are no taxes on the stimulus checks because “As it turns out, your stimulus check isn’t “income” after all, according to the law. Instead, it’s simply an advance payment of a tax credit. And tax credits aren’t taxable income.” This is …

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How to Become Financially Fit in 2021

by Christina Slavonik, CFP(R) Oh, yes!  It’s that time of year again! It’s time to list out resolutions or goals that we would like to accomplish this year.  There may be some “rollovers” from 2020!  One important resolution to add to your list is to be financially fit.  It’s not something that happens overnight, but […]… Read More

IRA and Retirement Plan Limits for 2021

As the year comes to and end, it is good to know the limits for 2021 contributions to IRA’s and employer retirement plans.  Many IRA and retirement plan limits are indexed for inflation each year. While some of the limits remain unchanged for 2021, other key numbers have increased.

IRA contribution limits

The maximum amount you can contribute to a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA in 2021 is $6,000 (or 100% of your earned income, if less), unchanged from 2020. The maximum catch-up contribution for those age 50 or older remains $1,000. You can contribute to both a traditional …

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Plan Ahead for Next Year’s Taxes

The Huffington Post writes, “You might still be focused on surviving 2020, but when it comes to taxes, it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead.” There are some people who plan all year and work with professionals like an accountant and a Fee-Only financial advisor. Others might start thinking about the following year’s taxes after the winter holidays.  

At the end of last month, the IRS shared changes to the tax code that will be in place for 2021. The tax brackets did not change but they did adjust the income amounts for each bracket because of inflation.

We tend to …

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