Traditional and Roth IRAs can be relatively “safe” retirement-savings vehicles, depending on what they’re invested in. But a drawback is that they limit investment choices. This article looks at an alternative: self-directed IRAs, which provide more flexibility in investment choices but also come with a greater risk. A sidebar examines the IRA’s role in estate planning.
Most small business owners probably breathed a sigh of relief after filing their 2019 taxes (or requesting an extension). They’ll have a much easier time filing next year if their tax-related files (whether paper or digital) are culled of clutter. This article provides both general and business-specific guidelines for tax document retention.
When teachers are setting up their classrooms for the new school year, it’s common for them to pay for a portion of their classroom supplies out of pocket. A special tax break allows these educators to deduct some of their expenses. This article explains how the educator expense deduction has changed under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Despite its name, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act didn’t cut all types of taxes. It left several taxes unchanged, including the 3.8% tax on net investment income (NII) of high-income taxpayers. This brief article defines the NII tax and urges you to explore strategies for reducing it if you must pay it.