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Tornadoes, Hurricanes and the Stock Market

About the Author: Robert E. Grace, JD, CLU, ChFC, RFC is an Investment Adviser Representative and Master Elite IRA Advisor. As Founder & President of Grace Tax Advisory Group, LLC. , he has helped thousands of clients prepare for retirement through his proprietary planning process. Grace is also a best-selling author and radio show host.  Learn…

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Real Estate Investor vs. Professional: Why it Matters

Income and losses from investment real estate or rental property are passive by definition — unless you’re a real estate professional. Why does this matter? Passive income may be subject to the 3.8% net investment income tax (NIIT), and passive losses generally are deductible only against passive income, with the excess being carried forward. Of…

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7 IRA Questions to Ask Before You File Your Tax Return

1) Did you make a deductible IRA contribution for 2016? If yes, make sure the deduction is reflected on line 32 of your Form 1040. 2) Did you make a non-deductible IRA contribution for 2016? If yes, make sure the contribution is reported on Form 8606. The contribution will not, however, be reported anywhere on your Form…

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COULD A TAX-FREE EXCHANGE HELP COVER LTC INSURANCE COSTS?

No estate plan is complete without considering long-term care (LTC) expenses and how to pay for them. LTC insurance is an option, but these policies can be expensive. One solution is to use a total or partial tax-free exchange of an existing life insurance policy or annuity contract. Reviewing the history For many years, Internal…

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Things to Tell Your Tax Preparer During Tax Season

Any time you get a 1099-R for a retirement plan transaction, make sure you give it to your tax preparer. The IRS gets copies of your 1099-Rs, so they need to be included on your income tax return. They cannot be ignored, even if they are for a non-taxable transaction. How will your tax preparer…

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