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  1. Understanding How Dividends Are Taxed

    Learn how dividends are taxed by the IRS, and understand the different types of dividend income as well as the capital gains ...
  2. What IRS Form 990 Tells About a Nonprofit

    Want a picture of an organization's activities? This annual form, open to the public, sums up everything from salaries paid ...
  3. The 3 Most Common 401k Rollover Mistakes

    No one is born knowing the tax rules for 401(k)s and IRAs, but only dummies, scaredy cats and suckers don't buckle down to ...
  4. Top Reasons to File Separately When Married

    Most of the time, it makes sense for couples to file their taxes jointly. Except for these possible exceptions...
  5. What IRS Form 1023 Is Used For

    To be treated as a tax-exempt organization, start by filling out this form.
  6. Late with Your Taxes? Grab IRS Form 4868

    Fill out this form to get a few more months to file your tax return. But remember, April 15 is still the payment due date ...
  7. What IRS Form 8949 Is For

    Selling a painting or that lake property? Disposing of your fossil fuel stocks? You need to know about this IRS form.
  8. The Problem With Today’s Headline Economic Data

    Headwinds have kept the U.S. growth more moderate than in the past–including leverage levels and an aging population—and ...
  9. How to Tell if You Need an Estate Planning Lawyer

    Estate planning is an important and often neglected part of financial planning, which can be costly when avoided or done ...
  10. The Top 9 Things to Know About Hillary Clinton's Economic View

    Find out where former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands on the economy, jobs, ...
  11. Inherited IRA and 401(k) Rules: Don't Run Afoul

    What you need to know when it comes to the complex rules for inherited IRAs and 401(k)s.
  12. Top 4 Ways to Avoid Muni Bond Mistakes

    Muni bonds are often perceived as safe investments. But it's important to do some thorough research before investing.
  13. How to Avoid the Inheritance Nobody Wants: Debt

    With the biggest transfer of wealth underway, advisors need to ensure that clients don't also inherit debt.
  14. Holding Out for Capital Gains Could Be a Mistake

    Holding stocks for the sole purpose of avoiding short-term capital gains taxes may be a mistake, especially if all the signs ...
  15. How do you calculate penalties on a 401(k) early withdrawal?

    Find out how to calculate the penalties on early withdrawals from your 401(k), including the impact of the additional 10% ...
  16. Four Ways to Improve Education In America

    U.S. students place 27th in math and 20th in science out of 34 countries. The United States must reform its education system ...
  17. A Look at the Cost and Tax Treatment of College

    Is there more we can do to improve the affordability of post-secondary education? We take a look at how students and colleges ...
  18. What's Wrong with the American Tax System

    American's are highly taxed and we still run a deficit. We explain why.
  19. Advisors: Warn Clients About These Audit Triggers

    There are several factors that may increase the risk of an audit, especially with high-net-worth clients.
  20. Understanding How Mutual Funds Pay Dividends

    The process by which mutual fund dividends are calculated, distributed and reported is fairly straightforward in most cases. ...
  21. 3 States Where Taxes Can Hammer Retirees

    Knowing which states ding retirees with the highest tax implications should be part of your retirement research.
  22. Best Ways to Avoid RMD Tax Hits on IRAs

    If you want to avoid hefty tax penalties, read this cheat sheet on IRA required minimum distributions.
  23. Top Tips for Minimizing Taxes on Social Security

    Social Security benefits are taxable under certain circumstances. Here are some ways retirees can lessen the tax burden. ...
  24. Retirement Plan Options for Small-Business Owners

    Small-business owners and self-employed individuals are responsible for funding their own retirement. The SEP-IRA and solo ...
  25. How to Help Retirees Manage Taxes on Distributions

    There are many variables when it comes to helping retirees manage taxes on distributions. Here's what advisors need to consider. ...
  26. Employers: Don't Forget IRS Form 941

    Your obligations as an employer include various employment taxes. Use this form to report them.
  27. What's the Purpose of IRS Form 1065?

    Business partners need the information on this form to complete their own tax returns. Here are the details.
  28. What's IRS Form 2848 Used For?

    It's a power of attorney tax form and here's what it can, and cannot, do.
  29. 20 Medical Expenses You Didn't Know You Could Deduct

    To lower your tax bill, be sure not to miss out on these commonly overlooked medical tax deductions.
  30. How IRS Form 5498 Helps You

    If you have an IRA, you'll be getting this form. Here's the useful information it contains.
  31. Understanding Taxation On Leveraged ETFs

    Read about the potential tax implications for investors of leveraged exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, and learn why leveraged ...
  32. Top Tips for Minimizing Taxes on Severance Pay

    A look at the top ways to lessen the tax burden on severance pay.
  33. What's IRS Form 1040 For?

    Most U.S. taxpayers will be familiar with the 1040. By the end of filling it out, you'll know how much tax you owe, or what ...
  34. Top Ways to Minimize Taxes on 401(k) Withdrawals

    Maximizing your retirement savings is essential to a secure retirement, and a part of that is minimizing taxes on 401(k) ...
  35. Top Financial Planning Strats for Unwed Couples

    Financial planning for unmarried or common law couples can be more complex. Here are some strategies advisors can implement ...
  36. Ask Your Advisor These 5 401(k) Rollover Questions

    Managing your 401(k) wisely is paramount to a secure retirement. Accordingly, here's a guide to key questions you need to ...
  37. Advisors Fees: What Are You Paying For?

    Fees or commissions? Which is best? Either way, what matters most is that the investor is aware of each charge and how if ...
  38. 5 Key Steps to Start Your Own Small Business

    Understand what a small business is and what it takes to build one. Learn about the five key steps needed to start a small ...
  39. 6 Reasons Not to Recharacterize Your Roth IRA

    If you're thinking of recharacterizing your Roth IRA into a traditional IRA account, here are six compelling reasons why ...
  40. Are You Considered a Small Business?

    Find out what it takes to be considered a small business by the U.S. Small Business Administration and why some small businesses ...
  41. Can Immigration Reform Help the Economy?

    Learn some of the possible effects, both good and bad, of immigration reform on the economy. These include more jobs and ...
  42. The Biggest Items Obama Is Still Missing From His Mandate

    Learn how the biggest items missing from Obama's mandate include various forms of tax reform and closing the Guantanamo Bay ...
  43. 4 Top Changes Obama Has Made with His Mandates

    Learn how Obamacare, equal pay for women and an executive order on immigration represent some of Obama's biggest changes ...
  44. How Advisors Can Build a HNW Estate Planning Niche

    Here's how advisors can fill a void when it comes to serving the estate planning needs of high-net-worth individuals.
  45. Gay Couples: Here Are Your New Rights

    The expansion of same-sex marriage means gay and lesbian partners can now enjoy basic spousal rights, regardless of where ...
  46. Gay Marriage and Taxes: Everything You Should Know

    Same-sex couples now have a variety of tax strategies to consider.
  47. An America with Donald Trump as President

    Take a closer look at some of policy proposals from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and what a future with ...
  48. Got Dividends? Here's How to Reinvest Them

    Reinvesting dividends is almost always a good idea if you intend to hold your shares for the long term, and there are several ...
  49. Top Tax Tips to Deduct Investment Management Fees

    Investment expenses can be deducted by those who meet three main criteria. Here's what they are and how they work.
  50. Why Millennials Should Invest in a Roth IRA

    Saving for retirement is important, and it's important to start early. A Roth IRA is a great option for low-earners just ...
  51. 5 Warning Signs a Charity Is a Scam

    Giving to charities and helping those in need is admirable. Here's how to ensure your good intentions and donations aren't ...
  52. Top 3 Ways to Manage Lump-Sum Windfalls

    Have you just had a load of money drop into your lap? If so, several enviable options are available to you. Which one is ...
  53. 5 Disadvantages of Mutual Funds Compared to ETFs

    In the mutual funds vs. exchange-traded funds debate, ETFs have some clear advantages.
  54. How Advisors Can Tackle the Big Wealth Transfer

    The massive wealth transfer from Baby Boomers to their heirs presents opportunity and challenges for advisors. Here's how ...
  55. Does that Budget Leave Room for Charitable Giving?

    Your clients want to be philanthropic, but does their financial situation allow them to afford charitable giving?
  56. The Benefits Of Corporate Inversion

    Many U.S. companies have found it advantageous to relocate their headquarters rather than face the highest corporate tax ...
  57. Are You Paying Too Much in Taxes?

    Overpaying taxes amounts to an interest-free loan to the government. Here are some ways to avoid that scenario.
  58. Gay Weddings Mean Big Business

    The coming boom in same sex marriages represents a money-making opportunity for anyone in the wedding industry.
  59. How Private Equity and Hedge Funds are Taxed

    Private equity and hedge funds offer an appealing tax structure for those who can afford to invest in them. Here's why.
  60. 401(k) Rollovers: The Tax Implications

    The tax rules for 401(k) rollovers can be simple or more complex, depending on which path you take.
  61. An in Depth Look at How Inheritances Are Taxed

    The tax implications of an inheritance can be complex. Here's what beneficiaries need to know.
  62. How Financial Advisors Can Woo Wealthy Clients

    To woo wealthy clients, offer the resources they need and design a strategic website and marketing plan to bring those desired ...
  63. Do Big Inheritances Do More Harm Than Good?

    Most wealthy parents plan to pass on their wealth, but few have had discussions with their heirs. Financial advisors should ...
  64. Top Tips for Helping Clients Sustain Wealth

    High-net-worth individuals face a number of potential challenges when passing wealth down, but it is possible to build generational ...
  65. 5 Overlooked Tax Deductions for Small Businesses

    It's easy for small business owners to miss a few tax write-offs. Here's where to find them.
  66. Reverse Mortgages and Your Taxes

    It pays to know the tax benefits from getting a reverse mortgage. Two major considerations: Are the proceeds taxable and ...
  67. 401(k) vs. Picking Stocks: What's Best?

    The pros and cons of two different ways to invest your retirement savings
  68. Vanguard's Robo-Advisor: Tailored to Boomers

    Consumers likely will benefit from Vanguard’s entrance into the rapidly expanding robo-advisory market as competition intensifies. ...
  69. Best Ways to Roll Over Your 401(k)

    When you leave a job, you have some decisions to make about what to do with your 401(k). Here are some choices.
  70. 5 Signs It's Time to Hire an Estate Manager

    If managing multiple properties (or just one large estate) is taking up too much of your time, you can hire your way back ...
  71. 10 Questions to Ask Your Estate Planning Attorney

    If you want what's best for your spouse and/or children, it's imperative that you ask an estate planning attorney the following ...
  72. 6 Reasons to Use a Household Help Agency

    It's not just because they find you well-qualified workers. Agencies spare you the paperwork and taxes required when you ...
  73. 8 Things To Know Before Hiring Household Help

    Here's how to avoid the legal, tax and trust issues that can trap you when you become an employer.
  74. A Quick Guide to High-Net-Worth Estate Planning

    A quick estate planning guide for high-net-worth individuals to help minimize taxes and costs, protect assets and plan for ...
  75. I Maxed Out My 401(k)! Now What?

    Fear not: There are smart ways to ensure that your retirement nest egg keeps growing.
  76. Have Household Help? Don't Get In Tax Trouble

    Hiring household workers can be a complicated process. Know what the government requires so you can prevent penalties and ...
  77. Estate Planning for a Surviving Spouse

    Estate planning for surviving spouses can be difficult for a number of reasons, so it's important to have good support and ...
  78. Gay Marriage Ruling: Its Impact on Estate Planning

    Same-sex couples now face the same legal and financial issues as heterosexual couples; some may need to adopt simpler, more ...
  79. 3 Secrets You Didn't Know About Estate Planning

    Every advisor and saver needs to know these three estate planning secrets.
  80. What Greece Can Learn From Argentina’s Mistakes

    Contingent on fiscal reform, Greece can learn from Argentina in determining the terms of restructuring its debt.
  81. How to Best Navigate Taxes in Retirement

    Here's a rundown on tax strategies that can help extend the life of a nest egg.
  82. 10 Little Known Ways To Reduce Your 401(k) Taxes

    These clever strategies will help you hold onto your money – so you'll have more available for your retirement.
  83. Corporate Inversion: How It Works

    Large corporations are making all kinds of moves to decrease expenses and increase profits in an increasingly competitive ...
  84. Does it Make Sense to Have an MLP in an IRA?

    Here's why MLPs should — and shouldn't — be considered for an IRA.
  85. MLPs: How They Are Taxed

    The advantages of MLPs outweigh the disadvantages, especially if you play your cards right.
  86. Pros and Cons of Master Limited Partnerships

    Want steady income? Consider looking into MLPs.
  87. IRS Refund Lost? Here's What to Do

    Don't panic. There are a number of reasons your refund might be delayed – and solutions for each.
  88. 5 Ways to Mess Up Estate Planning

    There are several ways to make an estate plan defective, most of which can be easily avoided by periodic plan reviews.
  89. How Going Green Can Cut Your Taxes

    Investors looking to improve their bottom line via green investing without risk should take advantage of these tax credits. ...
  90. Top Retirement Planning Tips for Same-Sex Couples

    Financial advisors who work with same-sex couples need to be aware of these key factors to provide effective advice.
  91. Do You Need Umbrella Insurance For Household Help?

    Homeowners insurance may not be enough – say, if your nanny sues for damages after an accident. That's where umbrella coverage ...
  92. The Risks of Investing in Art and Collectibles

    Investing in art and collectibles has the potential to lead to a big payday, but it's often a difficult road.
  93. The Advantages of Investing in Art & Collectibles

    Investing in collectibles can be profitable and fun, and can offer tax benefits for some.
  94. Three Reasons Inflation Isn’t What You Think

    Though U.S. inflation has been firming recently— the core consumer price index rose in April for a 3rd month in a row—prices ...
  95. How Are Collectibles Taxed?

    If you plan to sell collectibles, it's imperative that you know the tax implications.
  96. How Are Stock Options Taxed & Reported?

    That depends on the type of stock option you have. A rundown of the tax treatment for statutory and nonstatutory, or non-qualified, ...
  97. ETF Dividends: The Lowdown on How They're Taxed

    Here's the rundown on how different ETF dividends are taxed.
  98. Phew! IRA Tax Fixes Possible Through Oct. 15

    Tax season ended April 15 but you've got until Oct. 15 to correct errors, including those to do with Roth and traditional ...
  99. How to Find the Best Bets in Muni Bonds

    Approach investing in municipal bonds the same as you would investing in stocks.
  100. Flexible Spending Accounts: Dependent Care Rules

    If your company offers it – and you meet the criteria – a dependent care account can help you save on childcare and care ...
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