For the successful solo business person with no employees, but maybe a spouse, choosing the best option for retirement savings is important.  You want to be able to set aside the greatest amount with the options that are important to you.  People in this category are often consultants or solo professional practitioners of some sort. […]

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posted on 25th April 2014 in Your Financial Advisor

About 15 states and the District of Columbia impose an inheritance or estate tax. The tax rates range from a few percent to 19 percent in Washington State. As the typical state exemption rate is much lower than the current federal exemption (it’s only $1 million in New York and Maryland), the middle class is […]

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posted on 1st April 2014 in Austin CFP Team Posts & Your Financial Advisor

It’s common today for people to cross state lines to go to work, to temporarily relocate to another state for work or medical treatment, or to have a second or even a third home. Unfortunately, what’s not uncommon is for all of these states to simultaneously lay claim to your income tax dollars. Residency and […]

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posted on 27th February 2014 in Austin CFP Team Posts & Your Financial Advisor

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was a federal law that sought to exclude same-sex couples from the definition of spouse. But last year, the United States Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor, struck the exclusion, holding it to be unconstitutional. But I’m Not Gay Many people may […]

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posted on 10th February 2014 in Austin CFP Team Posts & Your Financial Advisor

By Christopher Van Slyke Working with a professional financial advisor can be key to achieving your goals for the future, but it can also derail your plans—if you’re not working with the right person. There’s no one-size-fits-all recipe for choosing an advisor, but there’s some important due diligence you should undertake before making a decision. […]

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31 Jan 2014

Should You Dump Your Family’s Trust

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posted on 31st January 2014 in Austin CFP Team Posts & Your Family

Many revocable trusts contain by-pass planning. This type of plan captures the assets owned by, in whole or part, a deceased spouse in a trust for the survivor instead of simply giving the survivor the assets outright. One primary purpose of this type of planning is to preserve the federal and tax exemptions that would […]

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