Category Archives: Income Tax

We’re “Official.” Now What?

Dear Alicia, We’re getting married soon and are wondering if there are any particular financial steps we should take once we’re “official?” -Ned and Nancy the Newlyweds Congrats Ned and Nancy! Getting married is an exciting and hectic time. Here are the financial steps you should be taking once you are “official.” Goals Start by discussing your financial goals now and in the future. Do you want to buy a home, start planning for a baby, or create an emergencyRead More

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Ask Linda: Pre-tax versus Post-tax savings

Dear Linda, Should I save to my pre-tax 401k at work or my Roth IRA? I cannot fully fund both. Sincerely, Super Saver Dear Super Saver, To determine which account you should save to, calculate your tax rate today versus your projected rate in retirement. In general, Roth contributions are made with after-tax dollars and distributed tax-free. The 401k is the opposite – contributions are made with pre-tax dollars and distributions are taxed at ordinary income rates. If you areRead More

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Ask Linda: I moved to consulting status – now what?

Dear Linda, I recently transitioned from being a salaried employee to a self-employed consultant. I like the flexibility but realize that I have more responsibility with regards to my finances. For example, I was previously enrolled in my employer’s 401k plan and now I am not sure how to save for retirement. I am also confused about taxes – my employer withheld money from each paycheck but no taxes are being withheld when clients pay me. And people keep sayingRead More

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Ask Linda: What should I do with this unexpected bonus?

Dear Linda, I will be receiving an unexpected bonus shortly. I want to make sure I am smart with the money and have a plan in place for what I am going to do with it. Any ideas? Sincerely, Lucky Lady Dear Lucky Lady, Your question is a common one we receive around this time of year as companies complete their prior-year reporting and issue bonuses. You are wise to create a strategy before spending the bonus. Without knowing theRead More

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The Tax Implications of Donation-Based Crowdfunding

Are you considering setting up a crowdfunding campaign for yourself, or someone you know, to help pay for medical bills, tuition, or raise money for a cause? While there are different types of crowdfunding, we address donation-based crowdfunding in this post since it is the kind we see most often. Money received from donation-based crowdfunding should be considered gifts, and therefore non-taxable. However, payment processors used by crowdfunding sites, such as Paypal, may issue a Form 1099-K to the recipientRead More

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Ask Linda: Gifting Stock to my Child

Dear Linda, I am a widow and want to gift some of the individual, concentrated stock in my brokerage account to my only child, my adult son. I am tired of managing the stock and feeling like I need to stay on top of the earnings reports, news, etc. I would rather gift it to him and have the rest of my portfolio in low-cost, diversified positions. The stock has a very low basis and will incur a large amountRead More

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