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Taxes

Anastasia Wiese’s GRBJ Commentary: Pay Off Debt or Invest?

In today’s climate of low interest rate loans, many investors have been asking a variation on the same question: Is “extra,” discretionary cash best used to pay down debt – such as mortgages, auto loans, student loans or credit card balances – or to invest toward retirement? In her February 22 Grand Rapids Business Journal column, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® covers how to make good choices either way: “Ultimately, every action you take to advance your overall financial picture should move you closer to a place of decreased anxiety and increased satisfaction with your financial situation.”

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What is Regulation Best Interest and How Does It Impact you?

If you’re not a financial practitioner, you may have missed the news that the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Regulation Best Interest (Regulation BI) rule took effect on June 30 of this year. The rule doesn’t require anything of investors and is aimed at financial advisors offering investment advice and recommendations, but what is Regulation BI, how does it impact you and can it offer you a fiduciary level of care?

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Anastasia Wiese Describes RMD Put-Backs

Did you take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA earlier this year? If so, to help with the financial fall-out from COVID-19, the IRS is allowing you to reverse your 2020 RMD distribution … but you must act by August 31. In a July 28th Grand Rapids Business Journal column, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® describes how the RMD “put-back” works, and whether to consider taking advantage of the opportunity.

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Anastasia Wiese Authors a GRBJ Article Summarizing the CARES Act

There are a lot of provisions rolled into H.R. 748 – otherwise known as the CARES Act. Plus, Congress continues to clarify the many details involved. In an April 20th Grand Rapids Business Journal column, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® offered an overview of the Act, and its primary sources of relief aimed at helping individuals and businesses affected by the coronavirus.

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Why “Safe Harbors” Can Be Risky Business

During heightened market turbulence, many investors are tempted to abandon the markets and flee to cash and cash-like “safe harbor” holdings. While it usually makes sense to allocate some of your wealth in this manner, too much “safety” can actually put your wealth at risk. Jeff Williams, CFP®, CPA/CFS explains how.

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Steve Starnes Writes in the GRBJ About What To Expect from the SECURE Act

After the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was enacted during a busy 2019 holiday season, investors may have been left wondering how the new law impacts their financial plans. In a January 2020 Grand Rapids Business Journal piece, Steve Starnes, MBA, CFP® covers some of the most significant changes to expect.

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Anastasia Wiese Discusses How Asset Location is Important to Portfolio Growth in a Recent GRBJ Article

Looking to Lower Your Taxes? Learn About Asset Location from Anastasia Wiese

Most investors already know: You only get to keep your after-tax investment returns. Far fewer investors know about asset location, an important technique for investing as tax-efficiently as possible. In an August 31 Grand Rapids Business Journal column, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® explained how asset location helps minimize the impact taxes have on your investment portfolio.

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Grand Rapids Business Journal: Ellie Winter Offers Tax-Efficient Charitable Giving Advice

The GRBJ reached out to Ellie Winter, CFP® in October to discuss how the new 2017 tax law impacts taxpayers’ charitable giving strategies. Ellie, along with Shaun Shira of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, offers ideas on how to continue giving tax-efficiently to your charities of choice.

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Charitable Giving Under New Tax Laws: Understanding the Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)

No matter how the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) may alter your tax planning, we’d like to believe one thing will remain the same: With or without a tax write-off, many Americans will still want to give generously to the charities of their choice. After all, financial incentives aren’t usually your main motivation for giving. We give to support the causes we cherish. We give because we’re grateful for the good fortune we’ve enjoyed. We give because it elevates us too. Good giving feels great – for donor and recipient alike.

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WZZM 13 Newscast: Steve Starnes Talks Taxes and Charitable Giving

At year-end 2017, Steve Starnes appeared on WZZM 13 to discuss the recently passed tax law’s effect on charitable giving and ways to optimize charitable planning.

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