Category: Tax

Is Your Investment Portfolio Tax-Diversified?

I have written many times about the value of keeping one’s investment portfolio well-diversified across numerous investment asset classes. But diversifying your portfolio with respect to income taxes can also be a valuable way of maximizing the wealth you get to keep and pass on to your heirs. Here’s a high-level explanation of how it…
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Property Tax Changes Under Prop 19

California’s Prop 19, which narrowly passed last week, was promoted primarily as a way to help disaster victims avoid potentially steep property tax increases after being forced to move. However, it also includes a very complicated change to two current benefits, one involving the transfer of ownership from parents to children, and the other associated…
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What To Do With An RMD You Don’t Need

This may seem like an unusual year to be talking about required minimum distributions (RMDs) since Congress has temporarily eliminated them in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But they haven’t gone away. After all, the government does need to collect the taxes they allowed you to defer throughout your working years. If you’re a…
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The Most Tax Efficient Way To Contribute to Charity in 2020

Federal tax benefits for the charitably-inclined have undergone a seismic shift over the past three years. Between the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the SECURE Act of 2019, and the three acts passed earlier this year collectively known as the CARES Act, the federal government has not only changed the rules but has…
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One Action You Can Take During a Market Downturn

During times of stress we naturally feel the urge to do something, if only to create the illusion that we have some degree of control over the situation. But after a market meltdown advisors will tell you (correctly) that selling stocks now would achieve nothing except to lock-in losses. So doing nothing, especially if you…
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Understanding the New SECURE Act

Congress and President Trump just passed the bipartisan Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act as part of another spending bill needed to keep the federal government operating for a few more months. The SECURE Act represents one of the biggest changes to retirement planning since 2010, and although there are some negative…
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