Window Closing for Service Members to Opt-In to The Blended Retirement System

Submitted by John Cooney on Nov 28, 2018

As we watch the calendar turn from November to December we may think of a few things; the holiday season and shopping for friends and family, the end of yet another year, and maybe the cold weather and snow.  This year, there is something else to think about too; the window to opt-in to the Department of Defense’s Blended Retirement System closes on 31 December 2018.  If you are a service member who is eligible to opt-in and still are not sure what you should d

blended retirement system, Thrift Savings Plan, military retirement, military finance

What To Do When You Inherit an IRA From Your Spouse

Submitted by John Cooney on Oct 29, 2018
Most married IRA account owners normally name their spouse as the beneficiary of the account. Unfortunately, we do not always prepare ourselves for what happens when that inheritance occurs, and the last thing you want to deal with when your spouse passes is your IRA. Hopefully, this article will help you understand what to do during this period where you may feel overwhelmed with your loss, so that you can help to secure your future.
retirement, IRA

Why the QBI May Make This A Good Year for You to Complete a Roth Conversion

Submitted by John Cooney on Oct 8, 2018

A key provision of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), Section 199A, commonly referred to as the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction, allows non-C Corp business owners the opportunity to deduct a percentage of their net business income to lower their overall taxable income.  This deduction, when combined with the lower tax brackets put in place by the TCJA could make this the right time for you to do a Roth conversion.

Taxes, retirement, Roth IRA

What is an Enrolled Agent and Do You Need One?

by John Cooney on Aug 7, 2018

Taxes, Enrolled Agent
Have you heard the term Enrolled Agent and wondered who these people are and what they can do for you? If you are concerned about your tax situation, or are looking for advice on tax planning to ensure you are operating within the IRS Code while at the same time maximizing the amount of income you keep, then you may want the services of an Enrolled Agent.
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Is a Deployment the Right Time For You to Do a Roth Conversion?

Submitted by John Cooney on Apr 5, 2018

It is always a jarring time for you and your family when you get notified that you will be deploying.  As your mind races about your job, your family, and your mission, it can seem like there are thousands of things for you to do, and often there actually is!  A deployment can also be a time of opportunity, for you personally and financially.  One of the benefits afforded to you as a servicemember deployed to a combat zone is that the income you earn as a member of the military in the combat zone is excluded from income taxes (you still pay social security and medicare taxes).  The tax-free

Roth IRA, deployment, retirement, Taxes

3 Ways to Take Advantage of the New Tax Law

Submitted by John Cooney on Jan 29, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), passed just at the end of 2017, made some of the most significant changes to the tax code in decades, and you have probably heard numerous takes on how good or bad the legislation is.  This is not going to be a discussion of the merits of the bill, but instead, I will highlight three changes that taxpayers can use to their advantage starting as early as 2018.  Just one big note, this is for 2018 taxes, due in April 2019.  For your 2017 taxes, due in April of 2018, the old tax rules still apply.

 

Taxes, Roth IRA, Donor Advised Funds, 529 Plans, Education, retirement

Year End Tax Tips and Reminders

Submitted by John Cooney on Dec 12, 2017

As we move into the holiday season and with the end of the year fast approaching, it is always good to take some time out and make sure you are doing some year-end planning with regard to taxes.  Regardless of your personal situation, there may be some small steps you can take (or have to take) to stay in compliance with the IRS or to take advantage of the tax laws to avoid a bad situation come April 15th.

 

Taxes, IRA, Roth IRA