Tax Strategy

Tax Smart Investing

By Robert Pagliarini on August 16, 2014

How many of us save and invest with an eye on tax implications? Not that many of us, according to a recent survey from Russell Investments (the global asset manager overseeing the Russell 2000). In the opening quarter of 2014, Russell polled financial services professionals and asked them how many of their clients had inquired…

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What’s a Personal Tax Inversion?

By Robert Pagliarini on August 4, 2014

There has been a lot of press recently about corporate tax inversions where U.S. companies relocate to other countries to save taxes, but there is a technique I like to think of as a personal tax inversion that helps individuals decrease their tax bill rather than corporations. I wrote about this strategy for Forbes: Avoid…

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Donating Appreciated Stock to Charity

By Robert Pagliarini on June 18, 2014

Why sell shares when you can gift them? If you have appreciated stocks in your portfolio (and you hold them in a non-qualified account that doesn’t get special tax treatment), then you might want to consider donating those shares to charity rather than selling them someday. Why, exactly? Donating appreciated stock to a tax-exempt charity…

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12 Biggest Tax Scams

By Robert Pagliarini on April 21, 2014

Year after year, criminals try to scam certain taxpayers. Year after year, certain taxpayers resort to schemes in an effort to put one over on the IRS. These cons occur year-round, not just during tax season. In response to their frequency, the IRS has listed the 12 biggest offenses – tax scams that you should…

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How to Stop Identity Theft

By Robert Pagliarini on March 22, 2014

America is enduring a data breach epidemic. As 2013 ended, the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics released its 2012 Victims of Identity Theft report. Its statistics were sobering. About one in 14 Americans aged 16 or older had been defrauded or preyed upon in the past 12 months, more than 16.6 million people. Just 8% of…

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Reduce Your Taxes in Retirement with Asset Location

By Robert Pagliarini on February 17, 2014

Location, location, location … It matters when it comes to real estate, and it also matters when it comes to the way you hold and invest your retirement savings. You can’t control what happens with the tax code, but you can control how your savings are held. As various types of investments are taxed at…

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Understanding Tax Efficiency

By Robert Pagliarini on

A little phrase that may mean a big difference. When you read about investing and other financial topics, you occasionally see the phrase “tax efficiency” or a reference to a “tax-sensitive” way of investing. What does that really mean? The after-tax return vs. the pre-tax return. Everyone wants their investment portfolio to perform well. But…

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Tax Tips for your 2013 Taxes

By Robert Pagliarini on

Is a tax refund coming your way? If you have already received your refund for the 2013 tax year or are about to receive it, you might want to think about the destiny of that money. Here are some possibilities. Start (or add to) an emergency fund. Many people don’t have a dedicated rainy day…

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Tax Perks of Year-End Charitable Contributions

By Robert Pagliarini on December 17, 2013

An opportunity for you to give & save. As 2013 ends, you may be considering making one or more charitable contributions. In most instances, they are tax-deductible with benefits for the donor as well as the recipient. As you make any charitable gift, keep three things in mind. One, the organization must be a qualified…

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Temporary Tax Breaks Set to Expire in 2014

By Robert Pagliarini on November 19, 2013

At the end of every year, certain federal temporary tax breaks face a sunset. Some are renewed, some expire. As 2014 will soon start, here is a list of some of notable tax provisions that may go away next year – offering some opportunities that you may want to take advantage of this year. Qualified…

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