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Preserving and enhancing wealth for the future with financial-planning experts Bill Cass and Chris Hennessey
November 15, 2018
The tax reform law created a new tax landscape that could have a significant impact on year-end income-tax planning.
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Year-end planning strategies under tax reform
William D. Cass, CFP®, CPWA®, Director Wealth Management Programs at Putnam
Christopher P. Hennessey, Lawyer, CPA, Member, Putnam Business Advisory Group
Three retirement planning topics for year-end meetings with investors
As year-end nears, retirement planning becomes a focus for investors, especially retirees who have year-end deadlines for retirement income distributions.
Tax law creates benefits for taxpayers to invest in Opportunity Zones
Tax reform has created an opportunity for investors to defer taxes on capital gains if they invest in so-called “Opportunity Zones”
Gift while living or transfer assets to heirs at death?
Individuals can choose to make a gift while they are living, or include it in their estate plan for distribution upon death.
Rules for NOLs change under tax reform
Business owners may want to review their tax filing strategies as tax reform made some significant changes to the rules for managing net operating losses (NOLs).
What is down the road for tax reform?
A new tax reform package recently passed the House, but its future in the Senate is uncertain.
Investors should consider umbrella coverage when crafting a financial plan
Investors may overlook a serious risk to their net worth — creditor risk — and as a result not carry excess coverage such as umbrella insurance.
Last chance to undo a Roth conversion
This October marks the last chance that investors can undo – or recharacterize – a 2017 Roth conversion.
Three top financial challenges facing Millennials
Millennials face different financial challenges than previous generations as they set goals for saving for retirement, paying debt, and buying a home.
Five questions to ask your estate planning attorney about the new tax law
Estate planning remains important for investors despite changes under the new tax law.
Ten questions to ask your CPA about the new tax law
The new tax law could have a significant impact on how individuals and small businesses file income taxes and make tax planning decisions.
IRS proposes additional limits for small business tax deduction
While many small businesses are navigating the changes introduced by the TCJA, the IRS is proposing additional limits for the small business tax deduction.
Planning considerations for college-bound high school students and their parents
While college may seem a distant goal for a high school freshman, there are many things students and parents need to do during high school to prepare.
Understanding the paths to securing college financial aid
College financial aid plays a critical role for many families paying tuition and some colleges and universities require two types of aid applications.
A student’s health-care proxy can remove barriers for parents in case of an emergency
Parents may also want to prepare some documents such as a health-care proxy before their child leaves for college in case of an emergency or illness.
Under tax reform, there is no turning back on a Roth conversion
Under tax reform, reduced marginal tax rates are lowering the cost of a Roth conversion, but the ability to reverse the move is eliminated.
Next steps when the first college bill is due
Many parents sending children to college for the first time may need help with financial advice and maximizing their 529 plan when the college bill is due.
Consider these strategies before interest rates climb higher
With many financial plans tied to IRS interest rates, there are several strategies that investors may want to consider before rates move higher.
Number of taxpayers owing AMT to decline under tax law
Fewer taxpayers will have to pay the alternative minimum tax (AMT) because of changes resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).
Will taxpayers pay more or less under the new kiddie tax rules?
Families with assets in custodial accounts for minors are wondering how the new tax law will impact those accounts, as changes were made to the kiddie tax.
LGBT couples may have to navigate unique planning considerations
The path to achieve many financial goals, such as estate planning, may present specific challenges for LGBT couples, particularly those who are not married.
Families with 529 college plans garner more savings
While more families choose a general savings account to save for college, those using 529 college plans are saving more, according to Sallie Mae.
Retirement planning for the end of the year
The fourth quarter is an opportune time to take inventory of retirement accounts and review actions such as required minimum distributions and planning strategies before year-end.
Prepare clients for year-end planning
Gifting, required retirement distributions, and charitable donations are among many planning actions that need attention by the end of the year.
There's still time to implement tax-smart strategies
Determining an individual's tax bracket will drive which tax-smart strategies to implement, including managing income, capital gains and losses.
Some estate-planning benefits may be lost if not used
Investors may want to explore gifting and other estate-planning strategies to take advantage of tax benefits that may be limited.
Debt ceiling debate and federal budget on Capitol Hill agenda
As Congress faces a December deadline for the federal budget, the debt ceiling debate was moved up sooner than expected.
Chris Hennessey is Professor Emeritus of Law at the Babson College School of Executive Education and member of the Putnam Investments Business Advisory Group. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Putnam Investments.