Employee or Independent Contractor? Avoiding Obamacare Penalties
The Affordable Care Act requires that certain employers provide health insurance for their employees or pay a penalty. Here's how to help your small business clients.
The Tax Trap of Year-End Qualified Plan Distributions
For clients eligible to take lump sum distributions from their qualified retirement plans, often-overlooked considerations must be taken into account.
Indexed Universal Life Insurance: Sales Up, as Is Regulatory Scrutiny
Client interest in using indexed universal life as a retirement income source is stronger than ever, heightened regulatory scrutiny is similarly on the rise.
Court Blocks Restrictive State Medicaid Annuity Practices
An Ohio federal court ruling suggests the way may be clearing for clients who wish to use Medicaid-compliant annuities in their long-term care planning.
College Planning: Correcting the Great 529 Plan Mistake, Penalty-Free
Helping a client escape from an unsatisfactory 529 plan is possible, but you must understand the specific rules that apply to avoid taxes and penalties.
How to Maximize Post-Retirement Income: The Principles
Proper sequencing of withdrawals from taxable accounts, tax-deferred accounts (IRAs and 401(k)s) and Roth accounts can make or break a client’s retirement income plan.
Are Deferred Annuities Becoming the Default 401(k) Investment?
The IRS’ approval of deferred annuities in TDFs makes it very likely that the prevalence of these products is about to explode.
Helping Retirees Dodge the Medicare Income-Based Surcharge
You can alter a client’s investments to generate income that is excluded from Medicare’s income calculation, but the time to plan is now.
Building the Modern-Day Stretch IRA: Proceed With Caution
The Supreme Court’s recent finding on non-spousal inherited IRAs has generated renewed interest in how to structure the IRA as a wealth transfer vehicle.
Retirement Safety Net Combines Variable and Deferred Income Annuities
Clients can reap the benefits—at a better price point—of market participation and income guarantees by combining a variable annuity with a deferred income annuity.