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When to File Separate Tax Returns to Save Money

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Married couples have a choice when they file their income tax returns.  They can file as married filing jointly or as married filing separately.

 

Married Filing Jointly

Most married couples will file a joint income tax return.  There may be little or no tax savings so they choose to file jointly.

 


Is Estate Planning Dead?

With the Federal Estate Tax Exclusion of $5 million, many commentators have suggested estate planning is dead.  I think this deserves a closer look.


The Importance of Beneficiary Designations

When was the last time you checked your beneficiary designations for your retirement accounts that were established years ago?  Beneficiaries are the individuals or entities (such as a charity) that you name to receive these assets upon your death.  You may find that your designated beneficiary is not who or what you think it should be, especially if you have divorced, remarried or had children since your retirement plan … Continue reading »


3 Reasons a Married Couple Should Consider Filing Separate Income Tax Returns

Most married couples file their income tax returns jointly.  However, married couples have an option—they can file married filing jointly or married filing separately.  Married couples can change their filing status from year to year.  The only requirement is that they be married, which is determined on the last day of the year.


It's Back…The Return of the Required Minimum Distribution ("RMD")

The RMD is back and is required for 2010 and all future years.  Taxpayers over age 70½ must take a required minimum distribution from their IRA's and other qualified retirement plans. For 2009, the government removed the requirement for one year. 


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