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Five Things Your Financial Advisor Should Be Doing to Add Value During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Of all the articles I have read, not one of them was written from a client’s perspective. After all, every truthful adviser will agree that it is times like these where financial advisers should be adding the most value to their clients—wouldn’t be useful to try and capture the client’s perspective in this? So, here is a list of ways your financial adviser should be earning their keep—written from what I believe to be the client’s perspective.

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How Might the CARES Act Impact Your IRMAA?

If you’re currently on Medicare, and paying IRMAA surcharges, you might be wondering what impact the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act might have on your IRMAA surcharges. The short answer is that there does not appear to be anything in the Act that directly impacts your IRMAA for 2020. The longer answer, however, is that there still might be something you can do to lower or eliminate your IRMAA for 2020 or in the future.

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Roth IRA Conversion Plan: A Case Study

One of the most common services that we perform for our clients is Roth conversions, particularly for our recently retired clients. If you don’t mind how much you pay in income tax, it can be quite simple to do Roth conversions. However, if you’ve accumulated significant wealth in your retirement accounts, you might have a hefty tax bill if you decide to do this all in one year. If you want to keep your overall lifetime tax liability as low as possible, you’ll probably want to do your Roth conversions over time, and make annual adjustments depending on significant tax events that occur each year. In other words, you probably need to establish a Roth conversion plan.

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7 Roth Conversion Considerations for Recent Retirees

One of the most common things that our recently retired clients ask us to do is to help them convert as much of their traditional IRAs into Roth IRAs as quickly as possible. Our job is to help them build a strategy that allows them to pay as little in taxes over the course of their lifetime. Each year, as part of our tax planning appointment, we review that year’s tax projection to make sure that our Roth conversion amount is in line with expectations.

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