The CBD Blog

Find peer advice, partner insights, and industry updates – all here in the CBD blog, ‘At The Helm’! With contributions from our entire team, we blog about the things that interest you.

Tax-Savvy Planning Strategies for Inherited IRAs

Did you recently inherit an IRA along with one or more additional beneficiaries? The rules regarding required minimum distributions (RMDs) may not necessarily be optimal for the younger beneficiaries when there are multiple beneficiaries or the inherited IRA lists a charity (or other nonhuman) as a beneficiary. Creative planning can save the day, but there’s a hitch: The strategies must be employed by no later than September 30, 2016, for account owners who died in 2015.

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Tax-Savvy Planning Strategies for Inherited IRAs

Did you recently inherit an IRA along with one or more additional beneficiaries? The rules regarding required minimum distributions (RMDs) may not necessarily be optimal for the younger beneficiaries when there are multiple beneficiaries or the inherited IRA lists a charity (or other nonhuman) as a beneficiary. Creative planning can save the day, but there’s a hitch: The strategies must be employed by no later than September 30, 2016, for account owners who died in 2015.

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Back-to-School Tips for Grownups

From a business perspective, back-to-school time is about more than selling school supplies and clothing. It provides many creative marketing opportunities for owners of all types of businesses who can think outside the pencil box. On a personal level, remember to save your receipts. Whether you’re a teacher or parent, this article provides a refresher course on education-related federal tax breaks for individuals, too.

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Back-to-School Tips for Grownups

From a business perspective, back-to-school time is about more than selling school supplies and clothing. It provides many creative marketing opportunities for owners of all types of businesses who can think outside the pencil box. On a personal level, remember to save your receipts. Whether you’re a teacher or parent, this article provides a refresher course on education-related federal tax breaks for individuals, too.

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Compare and Contrast the Republican and Democratic Tax Platforms

Federal taxes are a hot button during every presidential election. Do you know where the candidates stand on major federal tax issues, such as tax rates for individuals, businesses and estates? In some cases, the candidates’ plans contrast with their parties’ platforms, so it’s important to watch their statements and websites closely. Here’s some information on federal tax positions to help you make an informed decision in November.

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Compare and Contrast the Republican and Democratic Tax Platforms

Federal taxes are a hot button during every presidential election. Do you know where the candidates stand on major federal tax issues, such as tax rates for individuals, businesses and estates? In some cases, the candidates’ plans contrast with their parties’ platforms, so it’s important to watch their statements and websites closely. Here’s some information on federal tax positions to help you make an informed decision in November.

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7 Tax-Savvy Ways to Give to Charity

Charitable giving isn’t just good for society and your karma it can also lower your tax bill, if you follow federal tax rules and keep detailed records. When the philanthropic mood strikes you, think beyond cash and online donations. Here, we provide several creative alternatives for sharing your good fortune with your favorite charity, as well as advice on how to receive a “gift” of your own from the IRS.

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7 Tax-Savvy Ways to Give to Charity

Charitable giving isn’t just good for society and your karma it can also lower your tax bill, if you follow federal tax rules and keep detailed records. When the philanthropic mood strikes you, think beyond cash and online donations. Here, we provide several creative alternatives for sharing your good fortune with your favorite charity, as well as advice on how to receive a “gift” of your own from the IRS.

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3 Taxes People Love to Hate

Nobody likes paying money to the IRS, but some federal tax levies are harder for people to swallow than others. Which tax assessment is your least favorite? See how your preferences compare to our informal survey of most-hated taxes. With advance planning, you may be able to minimize or even eliminate these tax issues.

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FAQs about Social Security Retirement Benefits

Applying for Social Security retirement benefits is a rite of passage. But many seniors are uncertain about their options, including when to start collecting benefits, how to apply, who qualifies for survivors benefits and whether benefits will be subject to income tax. Here are the answers to some common questions, along with insight into the long-term viability of the Social Security system.

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FAQs about Social Security Retirement Benefits

Applying for Social Security retirement benefits is a rite of passage. But many seniors are uncertain about their options, including when to start collecting benefits, how to apply, who qualifies for survivors benefits and whether benefits will be subject to income tax. Here are the answers to some common questions, along with insight into the long-term viability of the Social Security system.

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New IRS Guidance for Designated Roth Accounts

The IRS recently published amended final regulations that will allow designated Roth account owners to tailor the tax results from their distributions. This gives owners of the accounts greater flexibility in personal tax planning. Here are the details, including an example of how the new guidance can lower taxes on distributions from designated Roth accounts.

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New IRS Guidance for Designated Roth Accounts

The IRS recently published amended final regulations that will allow designated Roth account owners to tailor the tax results from their distributions. This gives owners of the accounts greater flexibility in personal tax planning. Here are the details, including an example of how the new guidance can lower taxes on distributions from designated Roth accounts.

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The Financial Rewards of Buying a Condo for Your Kid’s College Housing

If you have a kid in college, living expenses can be significant. One way to save money is to invest in an on-campus condominium for him or her and any roommates to reside in. As an added bonus, you may be able to sell the condo for a gain after graduation. Here are the details on the federal tax rules on rental properties for college kids and advice on how to avoid potential pitfalls.

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The Financial Rewards of Buying a Condo for Your Kid’s College Housing

If you have a kid in college, living expenses can be significant. One way to save money is to invest in an on-campus condominium for him or her and any roommates to reside in. As an added bonus, you may be able to sell the condo for a gain after graduation. Here are the details on the federal tax rules on rental properties for college kids and advice on how to avoid potential pitfalls.

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Save Taxes with Employer-Provided Transportation Fringe Benefits

Have you signed up for transportation fringe benefits or contributed to a salary reduction arrangement to cover the costs of your daily commute? If your employer provides these fringe benefits for parking, mass transit passes, van pooling and bicycle costs, taking advantage of them could save you significant tax dollars. Here are the details.

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Save Taxes with Employer-Provided Transportation Fringe Benefits

Have you signed up for transportation fringe benefits or contributed to a salary reduction arrangement to cover the costs of your daily commute? If your employer provides these fringe benefits for parking, mass transit passes, van pooling and bicycle costs, taking advantage of them could save you significant tax dollars. Here are the details.

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Midyear Planning for Vacation Home Rentals with Significant Personal Use

Many people own properties that they primarily use for family vacations. When they contemplate renting out these vacation homes, questions often arise about taxes. Here are the tax basics for vacation homes that are rented out to third parties but that also have significant personal use. Summer is a good time to plan how to use such properties for the rest of the year to maximize the tax benefits.

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Midyear Planning for Vacation Home Rentals with Significant Personal Use

Many people own properties that they primarily use for family vacations. When they contemplate renting out these vacation homes, questions often arise about taxes. Here are the tax basics for vacation homes that are rented out to third parties but that also have significant personal use. Summer is a good time to plan how to use such properties for the rest of the year to maximize the tax benefits.

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More Adult Children Opting to Live with Parents

Plans to remodel your kid’s bedroom into an exercise room or walk-in closet after he or she completes school may have to be put on hold. A recent study reveals that more young adults are opting to live with their parents as opposed to moving out on their own or with friends. Surprisingly, the uncertain economy isn’t always the reason and many parents and live-in adult children are happy with the set-up. Here’s more on this emerging trend.

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