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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Please click the questions below to find our answers.

When can I retire?

Once a client has prepared our data collection form and we have together determined their projected yearly retirement spending, our firm will prepare a Retirement Plan. This isn’t the typical analysis.  It considers asset types: qualified assets, non-qualified assets, ordinary income, long-term capital gain income and qualified dividend income.  We then create a plan that coordinates investments, cash flow needs and tax efficiency.

How can I reduce my taxes?

There are many, different methods still available to reduce taxes.  Providing a copy of your tax return and investment statements before our first meeting, gives us a chance to familiarize ourselves with your position.  During this meeting, we can discuss strategies to minimize your taxes.

How can I avoid higher taxes associated with The Affordable Care Act?

A few new federal taxes include a higher top ordinary income tax rate, an additional medicare tax on earnings based on your wages and/or self-employment income, higher capital gain and qualified dividend tax rates, and a net-investment tax which includes an additional tax on interest and dividends. You may be subject to these new taxes if your wages or income exceeds specific thresholds. Keeping these issues in mind when designing and managing your portfolios will maximize your tax savings.

How can I avoid Probate?

Three ways to avoid probate are to own assets in Joint Tenancy, to name beneficiaries on your account(s), and to title your assets in Trust (The last requires having a Trust document. Please consult an estate attorney to determine what works best for you.)

Can you help me with college planning for my child, grandchild, niece and/ or nephew?

We can help you with planning and suggestions for investing in this area.

How often do you bill for portfolio management services?

Invoices are prepared after each calendar quarter end; billing is based on balances at the end of each quarter. A performance report will be mailed with your invoice.

Should I have a Trust?

There are many reasons to have a Trust.  Besides aiding estate tax planning, it provides the option of making provisions that you would like to have adhered to after your death.  We can assist you with solidifying your thoughts and wishes before meeting with an estate attorney.  Estate attorney referals are available.  

How often do you meet with clients?

We encourage at least annual meetings. Our policy is to return telephone and/or email communication within 24 hours.

Can you prepare my taxes?

Yes, we can prepare your tax returns. We feel Money Management performance reports and tax returns provide great insight into how efficiently your money is working for you.