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Year-End Personal Financial Planning Considerations

Year-End Personal Financial Planning Considerations

The end of the year presents a unique opportunity to look at your overall personal financial situation. With factors like tax reform, life changes or just working towards your goals, now is an especially important time to review things. Taking what we now know about the new tax law and weaving together all of the other areas of your personal finances is one of the key ways AAFCPAs Tax and... continue reading

AAFCPAs Wealth Management Update: Market Volatility

AAFCPAs Wealth Management understands that the recent market performance may be unsettling to some, given this is the worst volatility we have seen in over 8 years. The current drop in the major market indexes has left many investors concerned about whether or not they should be making changes, and wondering if this may be a repeat of 2008. AAFCPAs Wealth Management’s investment team has been closely monitoring the market... continue reading

AAFCPAs’ Tax Practice Recommends Individual Tax Planning Considerations with Respect to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On Friday, December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) (the “TCJA”). The final legislation is lengthy and complex, and the AAFCPAs tax practice recommends the following individual tax planning considerations. As mentioned in a previous blog, the law specifically disallows the strategy of prepaying 2018 state income taxes before December 31, 2017. Prepayment of some property taxes may be advisable for taxpayers not... continue reading

AAFCPAs Advises Clients on Year End Tax Savings Strategies in Response to Tax Bill Conference Report

On Friday, December 15, Congress released the contents of the Conference Report to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill requires a final vote this week in both the House and Senate, at which point it will be sent to the White House for the President’s signature. The stated goal is to have the bill signed prior to Christmas. One area that has generated much discussion is the $10,000... continue reading

AAFCPAs Wealth Management Shares Proactive Strategies for Investors in a Strong Market

AAFCPAs Wealth Management is constantly reviewing market conditions to be thoughtful, disciplined, and opportunistic to changes that occur over time.  Market volatility is not something you can control, but how you position yourself now will have a lasting impact. The US financial market is strong. Rejoice! The bull market continues for the past eight years since the great recession.  Good markets allow us to grow and squirrel away money before... continue reading

Panel Provides Guidance for Employee Benefit Plan Sponsors and Other Fiduciaries

AAFCPAs Davide Villani, CPA, CGMA, Managing Director, Employee Benefit Plan Audits, will join a panel of IRS, DOL and ERISA professionals providing guidance for plan sponsors and other fiduciaries on 401(k) and 403(b) retirement plan compliance.  This session will help employers manage their fiduciary responsibilities through a better understanding of regulations and common risk areas. Workshop attendees will gain an understanding of: The key areas of ERISA fiduciary responsibility, The... continue reading

Tax planning is an ongoing discipline – waiting for year-end means missing out on real opportunities

Personal and business circumstances are always evolving, presenting opportunities to balance or adjust short-term activities that support a long-term strategy As we head into November, the weight of year-end tax planning starts to bear down on individuals and business owners. Often, this time of year signals a rush of backward-looking assessments and last-minute adjustments to minimize tax payments that will come due in the Spring. To make the most of... continue reading

In Down Market, Consider Recharacterizing Your Conversion to a Roth IRA

AAFCPAs reminds our clients and friends that October 15th is the deadline for re-characterizing (“undoing” or “reversing”) a rollover or conversion to a Roth IRA from a traditional IRA made in 2014. This is a rare opportunity offered by the IRS, where you, as a taxpayer, may undo a tax strategy that may no longer be economically beneficial. A key factor in the decision to recharacterize is whether the value... continue reading

IRS Announces Adjustments Affecting Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2015. These adjustments affect anyone contributing to a retirement plan account, and to fiduciaries and administrators of retirement plans.   The chart linked below can help you determine where you fall within the new regulations.  2015 Retirement Plan Limits (PDF)

Significant changes announced to IRA rollover rules

The IRS announced changes to the rollover rules relating to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) as a result of a recent Tax Court case (Bobrow v. Commissioner). Prior to the Court’s decision, an individual could take cash distributions from multiple IRAs and obtain tax free rollover treatment so long as the funds were rolled over to a new account within 60 days.  For example, funds could be withdrawn from an IRA... continue reading