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Updated Rules Make Grandparent Owned 529’s More Attractive

Key Takeaways: New tax law change makes grandparent-owned 529 plans more attractive than ever. Grandparent-owned 529 plans can now be used to fund the final two years of college–not just the final year–with no detrimental impact on the grandchild’s financial aid package. Consider all of your college savings options carefully before investing. Don’t hesitate to […]

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Know Someone Who Just Had a Baby? Let the Planning Begin!

Time goes fast when you’re a new parent. As I mentioned in a previous blog, my wife and I were expecting our first child in April. We were anticipating mid-April, but (much to my wife’s dismay) it turned into late April. My son Archie was born on April 28th, a happy and healthy little boy. A lot has changed in our lives during this time, and it’s all been a blur.

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Using 529 Plans for College Funding – Part 2 Real world case study

Key Takeaways When it comes to 529 plans for our clients, we recommend those that meet our firm’s overall philosophy about investments—and costs. The earlier you start saving the better. If you wait until your child is say, 10 years old, you would need to sock away $14,000 a year to have $150,000 on hand […]

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Using 529 Plans for College Funding – Part 1

Key Takeaways 529 plans are tax-advantaged education savings accounts operated by state or educational institutions. In most types of 529 plans, earnings are tax-deferred while in the account, and tax free when withdrawn for qualified education expenses. Some states, including Pennsylvania, allow your contributions to be deductible at the state level. As with so many […]

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2015 Annual Limits for Financial Planning

Key Takeaways In 2015, retirement plan participants can contribute up to $18,000 annually to their 401(k), 403(b), Thrift Savings Plans and most 457 accounts. Savers age 50 and over are able to contribute an extra $6,000 catch-up contribution this year, for a total of up to $24,000. Contributions to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are unchanged […]

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New Legislation Extends Popular Tax Provisions

In one of its final actions, the 113th Congress passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 and the President signed it on December 19th. This legislation extends for one year a host of popular tax provisions (commonly referred to as “tax extenders”) that had expired at the end of 2013. The following provisions were […]

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Teaching Children Financial Literacy

Kids need to learn the value of a hard-earned dollar, but they should also learn how to save, spend wisely, be charitable, pay taxes, invest and eventually become financially stable.  The earlier they start on this path, the better off they will be.  Here are a few recommended money lessons for children as they age. […]

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