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The “Earnings Test”: How Earned Income Can Affect Social Security

If you're planning to keep working after claiming Social Security benefits, you need to know how your income might affect your benefits — and your taxes.
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Non-Cash Donations: Worth More in Tax Savings Than You Might Think!

In 1917, members of Congress worried that a tax increase imposed to fund America’s involvement in World War I might prompt people to cut back on charitable donations. So, along with the increase, Congress created a tax
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Your Tax Dollars at Work

Today is the tax-filing deadline for your 2020 income taxes — a bit later than normal because of COVID. (Taxpayers in areas affected by the February storms that hit Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana have until June
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May 2021 Sightings

The Financial Times asks “Are Retail Investors Safe In Today’s Heady Stock Markets?” and The Wall Street Journal reports on the proposed hike in the capital-gains tax.
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Commodities & Taxes

SMI's newly recommended commodities exposure is off to a great start in 2021, gaining +4.4% so far this year (through the close on January 19). That's considerably better than the +1.28% gain the S&P 500 has generated
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Took an RMD This Year? You Can Put it Back

Joseph called attention to an issue in a recent Friday roundup that we thought important enough — and relevant to enough of our readers — to warrant a separate article. The issue? That if you took a required minimum
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2020 Retirement Plan Contribution Limits, Tax Brackets, and More

Every year brings a number of changes in various financial rules and regs that impact our personal financial planning. What follows is our annual guide to some of the more significant changes that have been announced for
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Roth IRA Conversions Can Be a Key Retirement-Income Planning Tool

By reducing your overall tax bill, shifting money from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA could make a significant difference in the size of your retirement nest egg. You might be surprised at how much
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The QCD: A Giving-Related Tax Break Available to Older Taxpayers

If you're over 70½ and have an IRA, here's a simple strategy that could reduce your tax burden while also enabling you to donate greater amounts to a church or charity.
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Should You Invest Using a Taxable Account?

SMI frequently emphasizes the value of investing via tax-advantaged retirement accounts. But taxable accounts have advantages too. Here are a few of them.
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