Tax Preparation

When Must RMDs Be Taken?

Your first required distribution from an IRA or retirement plan is for the year you reach age 70½.  However, you have some flexibility as to when you actually have to take this first-year distribution. You can take it during the year you reach age 70½, or you can delay it until April 1 of the…

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Rules of an Inherited Traditional IRA

When inheriting a traditional IRA in a non-spousal relationship, you have different options based on the age of the original account holder of the traditional IRA. If the account holder was under 70 1/2 you have three options: Life Expectancy Method: annual distributions over your life expectancy based on your age in the calendar year following…

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Tips to Keep in Mind for Taxpayers Traveling for Charity

During the summer, some taxpayers may travel because of their involvement with a qualified charity. These traveling taxpayers may be able to lower their taxes. Here are some tax tips for taxpayers to use when deducting charity-related travel expenses: • Qualified Charities. For a taxpayer to deduct costs, they must volunteer for a qualified charity. Most…

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Retirement Planning (It is never too Early)

Retirement is one of the biggest experiences that you will have in your lifetime. The planning takes many years of hard work and persistence. The headaches and uncertainty can be reduced with homework, investment plan, and a long term commitment. Retirement planning is a continuous process that even goes on in retirement.   To get…

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What Are Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)?

Required minimum distributions, often referred to as RMDs or minimum required distributions, are amounts that the federal government requires you to withdraw annually from traditional IRAs and employer-sponsored retirement plans after you reach age 70½ (or, in some cases, after you retire). As the name implies, the withdraws are required or mandatory.  Stated differently, you…

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CLIENT ALERT: House Passes the American Health Care Act

On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). With some changes, this is essentially the same law that was pulled from consideration by the House back in March. Compared to the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), the AHCA repeals the health insurance mandate for both individuals and…

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It’s Tax time.

Chesapeake Financial Advisors & Charles Schwab offer automatic downloads of your tax forms. Schwab changed the 2016 mailing dates for the 1099 Composite and Year-End Summary tax report. This change was implemented due to an increase in the number of mutual funds and ETFs that reclassify their income in late January and early February. The…

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2015 year end tax and financial planning letter

PDF copy of the letter Click on the above link for a pdf copy of the letter. December 1, 2015 Dear Clients and Friends, Planning ahead is always a smart idea, and that’s especially true when it comes to your taxes. As 2015 draws to a close, there’s still time to make the most of…

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Tax loss harvesting energy investments

Your year end tax and investment plan should include tax loss harvesting your energy investments. If you hold energy sector investments in your taxable investment accounts chances are you have loses.  Now could be a good time to do a little tax loss harvesting.  If you are expecting to face capital gain taxes this year,…

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