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Tax outlook and planning considerations
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Financial-planning experts Bill Cass and Chris Hennessey weigh in each week with a range of insights about complex financial planning needs.
William Cass, CFP®, CPWA®
Director of Wealth Management Programs for Putnam.
Lawyer and CPA, Faculty Director, Babson College School of Executive Education, is a member of the Putnam Business Advisory Group.
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November 9, 2023
Top year-end planning considerations
Bill Cass, CFP®, CPWA®, Director Wealth Management Programs at Putnam
Chris Hennessey, Lawyer and CPA, Putnam Business Advisory Group
Consider the ripple effects of a Roth conversion
Here are several considerations including possible impacts on future taxes for individuals considering a Roth conversion.
Estate planning actions to consider before year-end
As year-end approaches, there are several strategies for investors to consider as they review their tax and estate planning.
Seven year-end planning ideas for retirement savings
There are several planning ideas for retirement savings at year end that may help taxpayers avoid costly mistakes and improve tax efficiency.
Year-end planning ideas for 2023 to lighten the tax burden
As year-end approaches, there may be steps taxpayers can take to better manage their current tax bill or to hedge ...
Year-end planning review checklist
This checklist for year-end planning may help advisors identify ways to minimize taxes and other potential benefits.
Changes to key figures for Social Security, Medicare in 2024
Recently announced key figures for Social Security and Medicare for 2024 include changes to benefit amounts and premium costs.
Open enrollment presents opportunity to change Medicare plans
Medicare holds an open enrollment period that allows participants to sign up or make changes to existing plans, which could result in cost savings.
Unraveling the 10-year rule
The SECURE Act 10-year rule set new guidelines for distributing inherited retirement accounts and has impacted retirement planning.
Preparing heirs before a loved one passes
Individuals may want to prepare heirs with a final planning guide before a loved one passes away.
Consider looking close to home when seeking a loan
An interfamily loan may be a viable alternative to a current mortgage for family members looking to buy a home.
Consider these ways to shield assets from litigation
An asset protection strategy should be part of any financial plan to protect assets from creditors and litigation.
Key FAFSA changes will impact student aid
Important changes to the FAFSA filing will take effect this year and impact student aid levels for some families.
College-bound students stay on track with a dynamic plan
Families with college-bound students may want to consider a plan with a dual approach to help achieve college planning goals.
Mapping out a plan for studying abroad
As more students consider studying abroad it is important to understand program requirements and map out a plan.
SCOTUS ruling on loan forgiveness underscores need to save
The need to save for college becomes more significant with less federal aid available and loan forgiveness proposal is struck down by SCOTUS.
IRS allowing heirs to skip RMDs in 2023
The IRS recently delivered more guidance for heirs on how to handle RMDs with inherited accounts.
How interest rates can make or break a strategy
Many financial planning strategies are linked to IRS interest rates and moves in rates may impact the success of a planning strategy.
Why unmarried couples need proactive financial planning
The number of unmarried partner households is on the rise and these couple face some unique financial planning challenges.
Tracking ways to avoid withdrawal penalties from retirement accounts
Sometimes savers find they need funds from their retirement account and it is important to understand the ways to avoid early withdrawal penalties.
Often overlooked retirement plans for the self-employed
Roughly 25 million small businesses are self-employed individuals and many do not have retirement plans in place.
Heirs still waiting for clarity on 10-year rule
Although the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations for the new 10-year rule in February 2022, heirs are still waiting for final clarification.
College grads: Consider financial actions for your next steps
Building a solid financial strategy may be the most important first step to help college grads achieve their dreams.
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.