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  • Tax calendar

    October 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 273

    Abstract: This calendar notes important tax deadlines for the fourth quarter of 2020.

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  • Talking about the sandwich generation

    October 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 297

    Abstract: The term “sandwich generation” describes people caught between caring for their aging parents and their children. This brief article encourages those in the middle part of the sandwich to initiate family discussions with the other two parts to discuss tax and financial planning issues.

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  • Is it time for a cost segregation study?

    October 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 341

    Abstract: A cost segregation study combines accounting and engineering techniques to identify building costs that are properly allocable to tangible personal property rather than real property. As a result, the business that owns the real property can claim valuable tax breaks. This article explores the concepts behind cost segregation studies.

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  • Beware of “wash sales” when selling securities

    October 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 372

    Abstract: Under this tax rule, if a taxpayer sells stock or securities for a loss and buys substantially identical stock or securities back within the 30-day period before or after the sale date, that loss can’t be claimed for tax purposes. This article provides some key details for taxpayers about this often-surprising rule.

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  • The pros and cons of NQDC plans

    October 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 542

    Abstract: Nonqualified deferred compensation plans allow participants to set aside large amounts of tax-deferred compensation, but also pose substantial risks. This article distinguishes NQCD plans from qualified defined contribution plans and discusses the pros and cons.

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  • Reporting a disaster’s effects on your financial statements

    September 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 254

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has provided many lessons for business owners. One is how to report the impact of a disaster on a company’s financial statements. This brief article discusses two types of “subsequent events” that may need to be disclosed.

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  • College savings showdown: 529s vs. Roth IRAs

    September 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 414

    Abstract: Many people assume that a 529 plan is the ideal college savings tool. But other vehicles can help parents save for college expenses — for example, the Roth IRA. This article compares key features of the two account types.

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  • Review your estate plan following a major shock

    September 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 485

    Abstract: Generally, it’s recommended that individuals review their estate plans at year’s end. However, with a life shock as monumental as the COVID-19 pandemic, it might be a good idea to get an earlier start. This article provides examples of potential revisions and discusses wills and powers of attorney.

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  • AMT less “toothy” but may still take a bite

    September 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 528

    Abstract: Although the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act took much of the “teeth” out of the AMT by raising the inflation-adjusted exemption, high-income earners (and even some middle-income earners) should still watch out for its bite. This article discusses the basic rules and the role of itemized deductions. A sidebar warns investors that capital gains can trigger the AMT.

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  • With glitch fixed, consider business property upgrades

    August 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 220

    Abstract: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act fixed a legislative glitch that prevented businesses from claiming 100% bonus depreciation for qualified improvement property. This brief article describes the situation and advises business owners to keep this tax break in mind.

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  • Taking distributions from your traditional IRA

    August 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 404

    Abstract: If you’re like many people, you’ve worked hard to accumulate a nest egg in your traditional IRA. Knowing the finer points of the distribution rules is critical — particularly as some of these rules have temporarily changed under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This article covers the latest details.

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  • Is your portfolio ready for a REIT?

    August 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 482

    Abstract: The stock market’s roller coaster ride this year, spurred largely by the COVID-19 crisis, has many people craving stability. One way to potentially steady a portfolio is with real estate. This article looks at real estate investment trusts.

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  • Risks vs. benefits of life insurance loans

    August 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 565

    Abstract: Because of the economic downturn triggered by the COVID-19 crisis, many people have found themselves in need of cash to pay unexpected medical bills, mortgage payments and other expenses. One option is to borrow against the cash value of a permanent life insurance policy. This article explores the risks and benefits of such a strategy, while a sidebar looks at a myth that represents a life insurance loan as a tool that “pays for itself.”

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  • Installment sales may attract property buyers

    July 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 316

    Abstract: Many businesses and individuals are unexpectedly looking for liquidity this year. One way to raise cash is to sell off real property, though finding ready buyers has gotten more difficult. This article discusses one potential solution: an installment sale.

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  • Tax calendar

    July 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 346

    Abstract: This calendar notes important tax deadlines for the third quarter of 2020.

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  • Charitable giving in a time of crisis

    July 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 399

    Abstract: The sudden and severe impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has generated an intense need for charitable action. This article outlines tax incentives under the CARES Act for charitable giving and suggests some careful steps to take before donating.

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