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The Step-Up Loophole and the STEP Act

On April 28th President Biden pitched his American Families Plan to select group of members of Congress. Near the end of the proposal was a section entitled “End capital income tax breaks and other loopholes for the very top.” The first part of this section covered changes to capital gains tax rates that we covered in a previous blog article. The second part covered closing the “step-up” loophole (see text below) which is what we’re going to cover in this week’s blog.

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Financial Planning for your 50s - What to Consider

The financial planning considerations when entering your 50s can be quite extensive. Between retirement rapidly approaching, life changes, and estate planning issues, there's a lot on the to-do list! For many, this is their last full decade before retirement. It is one of the last chances to save, plan, and make sure you are on track to meeting your long-term financial planning goals. While there are many topics to review, some of the big ones are: - Overall retirement planning considerations - Big life changes - Reviewing your insurance - Updating and reviewing your estate plan

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On Medicare? - You May Need One More Form For A Complete Estate Plan

As financial planners we are always stressing the importance of a complete estate plan. This goes beyond just having a will. You'll also need a power of attorney for financial affairs and healthcare, if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. In some cases, a trust is another key component. But, if you're on Medicare, the government requires an additional form to provide information about your coverage to others.

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Financial Planning Considerations During COVID-19

Health and finances are likely the only two topics on most people's minds these days. How can you keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy through this pandemic? And what should you do with your investments during this recent market drop? Managing your investments prudently and resisting the urge to sell stocks while the market is down are certainly important financial planning considerations. However, as financial advisors, we wanted to highlight other crucial financial planning areas that often don't get as much attention in the news media.

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What To Do If You Buy a Home Before Saying "I Do"

Buying a home is an enormous financial decision. How much should you put for a down payment? How long should the loan be for? What is the interest rate? The list goes on and on. A home purchase is a complex financial decision for married couples, and more so for unmarried couples. If you're in a situation where you're considering buying a home before saying "I do", here are a few considerations before you pull the trigger.

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LGBTQ+ IRA Beneficiary Planning After the SECURE Act

Since the SECURE Act became law in December 2019, there has been a lot of talk in the press that the “Stretch IRA era is over”. The “Stretch” referring to the ability of the beneficiary of an IRA to stretch out Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from the IRA over the beneficiary’s lifetime. It is true that the SECURE Act has changed the rules for some beneficiaries of IRAs who now have only 10 years to fully distribute the funds inside inherited IRAs. But there are notable exceptions that impact LGBTQ estate planning when it comes to choosing beneficiaries.

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