Category Archives: Retirement and Finance

Are your Social Security benefits taxable?


Will you have to pay income tax on the Social Security benefits you receive? It depends on many variables. The IRS uses a measurement called “combined income” to determine if you need to pay taxes on any part of your Social Security benefits. Combined income is made up of two parts: 50% of your Social […]

Plan now for the 2021 Medicare open enrollment period

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Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period (OEP) runs from October 15 to December 7 of each year. The choices made during that time become effective the following January 1, remaining in effect for the coming year. During the OEP, Medicare patients may make changes that can substantially affect the way they receive and pay for medical care. […]

Why tax-deductible items are not what they appear

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| Written by Brett Porter, EA for Winter 2020 Edition of Magazine | Every year you hear it. You may even say it yourself. “I can just write it off on my taxes,” but can you really? Most people are completely confused as to whether or not all their tax deductions are even making […]

New law allows seniors to establish IRAs after 70

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| Written by Linda D. Carley, Attorney and Former Judge for Spring 2020 Edition of Magazine | A new federal law has expanded the ways seniors may contribute and withdraw monies from their retirement accounts. Under the SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) just signed by President Trump and effective January […]

Will vs. Trust—How Do You Decide?


The difference between a will and a trust is that a will details how you want your assets to be distributed once you die and a trust is how you want your assets controlled while you are alive. A trust is where your house and large expenses are held and it keeps the details of […]