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  1. How are trust fund earnings taxed?

    Trust fund earnings that are distributed are paid by the beneficiary. The trust pays taxes on retained earnings and principal ...
  2. Alert! Last Chance To Max Out Your Retirement Plan

    The end of the year marks the last chance for savers to maximize contributions to their 401(k), 403(b) and other retirement ...
  3. What is the difference between dividends and capital gains?

    Read about some of the differences between dividends and capital gains, the two primary ways of accumulating wealth through ...
  4. 'Tis The Season For Tax-Loss Harvesting

    With the end of the year upon investors are looking for ways to reduce their tax bill. One tactic that is often used is tax-loss ...
  5. Planning Ahead for 2015's Tax Law Changes

    Increased 401(k) limits can help savers put away more money for retirement in 2015—but some new restrictions are coming for ...
  6. Know The Cost of Living Where You Plan To Retire

    When considering where to live after retiring, it's important to keep in mind the type of taxes that would have to be paid ...
  7. Money-Saving Tax Breaks For College Grads

    Even if you graduate from college with a heavy debt load – especially if you do – use these tax benefits to ease your transition ...
  8. 7 Ways To Minimize Your 2014 Taxes By December 31

    The year's not quite over yet. See whether taking any of these steps would leave you owing less in 2014 taxes, come April.
  9. Understanding Capital Gains

    Capital gain refers to the increase in value of a capital asset or an investment security upon sale. In other words, if you ...
  10. How Might The Affordable Care Act Affect You?

    The Affordable Care Act is the largest change to the tax code in 20 years that could affect you when you file that 2014 tax ...
  11. What's the difference between cost of goods sold (COGS) and cost of sales?

    Explore the difference between the cost of goods sold and cost of sales listed on an income statement, and what types of ...
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  13. What's a Marginal Tax Rate?

    The marginal tax rate is based on a progressive tax system, where tax rates for an individual will increase as income rises. ...
  14. Why should I keep records on my tax-exempt bond transactions?

    Keep your purchase records on all investments, including tax-exempt bonds. Though the interest is tax-free, you may owe taxes ...
  15. What are examples of cost of goods sold (COGS) for businesses that sell through eBay ...

    Read how online retailers that operate through eBay or Etsy can list certain expenses as cost of goods sold and even claim ...
  16. What are some examples of industries that cannot claim cost of goods sold (COGS)?

    Discover which types of businesses are not allowed to list cost of goods sold on their income statement or claim their COGS ...
  17. How are savings bonds taxed?

    Learn who is responsible for reporting U.S. EE savings bond interest for taxation and when the interest can be reported for ...
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  19. How Advisors Can Protect Inherited IRAs

    A new Supreme Court ruling has some financial advisors rushing to set up trusts to help protect inherited IRAs. Is that necessary?
  20. What's the difference between a financial advisor and a financial planner?

    Seeking professional advice from a financial advisor may involve asking for financial help from a certified financial planner, ...
  21. Are credit card rewards considered taxable income by the IRS?

    Learn about when the Internal Revenue Service considers the financial value of gifts received from credit card reward programs ...
  22. What are the Social Security tax caps?

    Learn how the Social Security tax cap works, what percentage of income is deducted for Social Security taxes and the history ...
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  25. New 2015 Contribution Limits: Advisors Take Heed

    The Internal Revenue Service's new 2015 contribution limits for tax-deferred savings plans are higher; here's what you and ...
  26. How much will it cost to hire an accountant to do my taxes?

    Find out how much it costs to hire an accountant and what benefits and services you can expect from your accountant.
  27. Is the interest on a home equity line of credit (HELOC) tax deductible?

    Learn the advantages of using a home equity line of credit, and find out how these low-rate loans also qualify for a tax ...
  28. Are debt-consolidation loans tax deductible?

    Learn about consolidating debt and whether the interest payments on your debt consolidation loan can be deducted from your ...
  29. How much of my income goes to Social Security taxes?

    Discover how much of your income goes to social security tax: what the rate is, what the limits are and what types of income ...
  30. Must I pay Social Security taxes on my earnings after full retirement age?

    Paying Social Security contributions continues even past reaching full retirement age, but that can increase future Social ...
  31. What credit card fees are tax deductible?

    Learn about some of the unexpected tax deductions for fees incurred through credit card purchases for both individuals and ...
  32. Is the interest on my student loan tax deductible on my federal income taxes?

    Find out how you can deduct interest payments for qualified student loans from your income taxes, and learn about restrictions ...
  33. How are Pay As You Go pension plan benefits taxed?

    Discover how the IRS treats pay-as-you-go pension plan benefits that are received as income in retirement, both for Social ...
  34. Are Social Security survivor benefits for children considered taxable income?

    Learn why receiving Social Security survivor benefits on behalf of children does not affect income tax for a surviving parent ...
  35. Are fringe benefits deductible for the employer?

    Learn how the IRS treats the taxation of fringe benefits provided by an employer to employees, contractors, partners and ...
  36. Are fringe benefits direct or indirect costs?

    Learn how to allocate costs associated with fringe benefits provided to employees and how to determine when a cost is either ...
  37. The Most Helpful Tools On The IRS.gov Website

    Don’t waste your time wading through the slew of private and corporate tax websites out there. Go straight to the source: ...
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  39. Are Roth IRAs tax deductible?

    Calculate your potential tax savings when you contribute to a Roth IRA. Tax credits are available to individuals who meet ...
  40. How are preferred stock dividends taxed?

    Discover the intriguing debt and equity characteristics of preferred stock, and learn about how preferred stock dividends ...
  41. How are Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRAs taxed?

    Understand the tax advantages of a Simplified Employee Pension IRA plan, and find out how both the employer and the employee ...
  42. How are Social Security benefits affected by your income?

    Understand the relationship between a worker's earned income and benefits he or she receives from Social Security in retirement, ...
  43. How is a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) taxed?

    Discover how the Government of Canada treats Registered Retirement Income Funds and how you can use them to limit income ...
  44. What is the tax rate of a Roth IRA if I withdraw it for the purchase of a house?

    Use your Roth IRA to fund the purchase of your first home, and learn how the distribution could qualify for a waiver of taxes ...
  45. How do I report Simple IRA contributions on a W2?

    Learn how Savings Incentive Match for Employees, or SIMPLE IRA, contributions are reported for the participant on Form W2 ...
  46. How does taxation on life insurance for a qualified retirement plan work?

    Purchase life insurance in your qualified retirement plan using pre-tax dollars. Be aware of other ways that life insurance ...
  47. How are effective tax rates calculated from income statements?

    Learn how to read an income statement and how to find the information necessary to calculate a company's effective income ...
  48. How is a Roth 401(k) taxed?

    Learn about the tax advantages of using a Roth 401(k), with tax-free earnings and no required minimum distributions, if this ...
  49. What are the main reasons not to get a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)?

    Find out some of the reasons why you might want to reconsider opening up a Registered Retirement Savings Plan and instead ...
  50. Can I own Master Limited Partnerships (MLP) on my Roth IRA?

    Learn how to invest in master limited partnerships, or MLPs, in your Roth IRA for access to high yields, but be careful to ...
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