Final Tax Bill – Analysis and Action Items

On December 15, 2017, the final version of the legislative text was released with the expectation to be signed into law by Tuesday, December 19th. I can say with confidence that this bill did not make taxes simple again. In fact, it is going to take months or years before we can identify all the . . . 

Tax Reform for your Small Business

On November 2, 2017, Congress released full details of 2018 tax reform proposals. Included in the proposals are changes for individuals and businesses. It passed 227-205 in the house on November 16, 2017. The Senate has variations to this bill. I noted some of them in the text below, but this article is primarily focused . . . 

Your Action Plan for Pending Tax Reform

On November 2, 2017, Congress released full details of 2018 tax reform proposals. Summary version found here. Previously we had a skeleton (or less) version of the proposed tax changes. The majority of that outline remains intact. It is expected that this bill will be pushed through the house quickly with an expectation that by . . . 

Reduced 401(k) Tax Deduction? So What?

Word on the street this week is that deductible 401(k) contributions could be capped at $2,400. President Trump then rescinded that idea. Previously, there were stories that the deduction for 401(k) plans would go away completely. What replaces a deductible 401(k) isn’t clear… there could be Roth accounts or non-deductible accounts. It is well documented . . . 

Dependent Care FSA or Dependent Care Credit?

Deciding between the Dependent Care Flexible Spending Arrangement (DCFSA) and the Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses can be confusing. Let me break down the rules, so you don’t overpay for childcare. You must work or actively look for work Whether you are using the DCFSA or Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses, you . . . 

Extend the Life of Your Nest Egg 

After reaching financial independence, you have two options to generate income to cover your expenses:  Continue working  Draw income and principal (eventually) from your investments  Yes, it is possible to live only on the income generated from your investments. Yet, for many people, they will be required to dip into the principal at some point.  At . . . 

401(k) versus Roth 401(k) 

Having a sound tax strategy is critical to long-term wealth building.  Whether you’re an employee, business owner, or invest in real estate there are tax wise decisions you must make every day. After making a smart tax decision your next step is to decide what to do with your winnings.  To understand a tax strategy, I . . . 

Bachelorette’s Peter Kraus = Tax Deduction?

peter kraus madison wi

Summer 2017’s season of the Bachelorette was dedicated to Rachel Lindsey. However, if you lived in Madison, WI the season was dedicated to the hometown favorite, Peter Kraus. While Peter did not end with the final rose, he did position himself as very likable and great candidate for the next Bachelor. For what it’s worth, . . . 

Another way to fund a Roth

Mega back-door Roth IRA

Last week we discussed how to complete a back-door Roth IRA contribution. For many, this strategy is a slow and boring way to do it. Fortunately, there is another option, which can lead to larger Roth contributions when you earn too much. The ability to use this strategy is relatively new. In September 2014, the IRS released Notice 2014-54 to grant . . .