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Charitable Contribution Strategies under the New Tax Law

The itemized deduction for charitable contributions may have less income tax-saving benefit for some taxpayers starting with the 2018 tax year. This is due to a substantial increase in the standard deduction and the elimination or reduction of other itemized deductions. The new law increases the standard deduction to $24,000 for married couples and to… More >

Highlights from Tax Reform

Congress has voted to pass a major rewrite to the tax code that the President will soon sign into law. The complex nature and late timing of the bill make year-end strategic decisions difficult to evaluate. You may want to connect with your tax-preparer to ask if there are any tactics specific to your situation… More >

Facts & figures to Know for 2018

Many questions remain as Congress debates edits to tax reform legislation. While there are still unknowns, there are some figures we can start to consider in plans for 2018 and beyond. Below is a summary of certain announcements made by the Internal Revenue Service and other agencies related to 2018. Employer Retirement Plan Savings The… More >

Fourth-Quarter To-Dos to Keep on Your Radar

If you have an employer-sponsored retirement plan: Review your paystub or plan statement to confirm you are on schedule to contribute what you intended for the year. There is time left in the year to increase your contribution from salary deferral if you are not adding the maximum, which for most plans is $18,000 for… More >

Inside Divorce – Podcast with Sammy Azzouz

One of Heritage Financial’s Managing Partners, Sammy Azzouz, was recently interviewed by family law attorney Hindell Grossman about the financial challenges that married couples face and how a financial planner can help them manage their finances effectively. Sammy and Hindell also discussed the importance of keeping both spouses engaged in financial discussions and the steps… More >

What Your Advisor Can Learn From Your Pay Stub

Your paystub, or earnings statement, can provide worthwhile information to your financial advisor. In most cases, high-level facts and figures are discussed in-person or captured via data gathering forms. But, details on benefits or deductions may be missed – or simply misunderstood. With an acronym soup of ESPP, FSA, HSA, LTD, and AD&D, it’s no… More >

Creating A post-college financial plan

If you (or someone you know) have recently graduated, congratulations! Here are five things that you can start doing today to ensure a solid financial future for yourself. Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst An emergency fund of ready cash can help you feel more secure about your ability to handle the unexpected… More >

Will my beneficiaries have to pay taxes on my life insurance policy?

Under current law, death benefit proceeds from life insurance are generally income tax-free. If you name a spouse, child, or other individual as a beneficiary to a life insurance policy you own, that person will not have to report any of the proceeds as income due to your death. If a beneficiary elects to receive… More >

Lease or Buy Decision

Many big-ticket consumer items, such as cars, computers, and furniture, can be leased rather than purchased. In a lease, the lessor retains ownership of the item, and the lessee pays for the use of it. Types of Lease With a closed-end lease, the cost is known and no further money is due by the lessee… More >

Helping Grandchildren Pay for Their College Education

Personal finance decisions that involve multiple family members and generations are as much about communication as they are about dollars and cents. Since I began working at Heritage, one of the most popular questions our clients have asked during our review meetings has been “how can I help my grandchildren pay for college?” I recommend… More >