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2017 Tax Reform: Last minute year-end moves in light of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Congress is enacting the biggest tax reform law in thirty years, one that will make fundamental changes in the way you, your family and your business calculate your federal income tax bill, and the amount of federal tax you will pay. Since most of the changes will go into effect next year, there’s still a […]

Tuesday Tax Tip: Say Goodbye to Recharacterizations – December 27, 2017

Passed by both the House and Senate, right before the Christmas holiday President Trump signed into law the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” that, among other things, eliminates Roth IRA recharacterizations beginning January 1, 2018. Until now, the rule was you had an opportunity to recharacterize your Roth IRA contribution if you recharacterized by the […]

5 Habits of Highly Successful Business Owners in California – December 19, 2017

One of the strange factors of small businesses is that two businesses, operating in the same marketing arena and selling the same products or services, can have extraordinarily different results. It seems odd that one business can continually grow and prosper, while the other struggles. How can one business owner run a highly successful business […]

QCD Planning – December 5, 2017

If you are an IRA owner, the IRS requires that you withdraw a minimum amount (RMD) from your IRA each year after your required beginning date. However, some IRA owners may not need the money or don’t want an RMD to push them into a higher tax bracket. A QCD is a Qualified Charitable Distribution. […]

Announcing My New Book! – November 28, 2017

If you are running your own business in California, specifically in the San Francisco Bay Area or are planning to start one, please check out my new book “Secrets of Small Business Success in the San Francisco Bay Area”. The book was created just for San Francisco Bay Area small-business owners like you. It’s fun, […]

Be Careful With Self Directed IRAs – November 21, 2017

Thinking of a Self-Directed IRA? Did you hear or see a commercial or receive a solicitation letter about investing in a self-directed IRA? The IRS recently released a notice to taxpayers, warning them about potential problems with some IRA investments. This notice led to many questions from IRA owners about self-directed IRAs. The IRS Does […]

Proposed Tax Act (Repeal Overview) – November 8, 2017

The newly released proposed tax act, referred to as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” came with a few surprises and some not so shocking proposals. Because the document is 429 pages long, several people have (understandably) asked for quick reference lists of items they find important. Here is one of those lists that shows […]

What Is A Multi-Generational IRA? – October 24, 2017

Who will get the money in your IRA if something happens to you? Congress created IRAs to encourage Americans to plan for their retirement but it never intended for them to accumulate funds and defer taxes indefinitely. Unless an IRA owner takes specific steps to continue to defer tax liability, the government could end up […]

In Pursuit Of Perfection? Strive For Excellence Instead – September 22, 2017

“Perfection” may be the ultimate goal, but trying to attain this can cause stress, hinder efficiency, and create unnecessary conflicts with the people around you.  Perfectionists are frequently perceived as: Critical Overwhelmed Unable to see the big picture Stressed-out and anxious Rarely able to enjoy their accomplishments A more productive goal is excellence: meeting the […]

Send Emails That Get Results – August 10, 2017

Do your emails get the attention and rapid response they deserve? Here’s how to make sure people read and answer your messages while they’re still fresh: Grab them with your subject. The subject line should read like a compelling newspaper headline. One technique is to use the subject line to tell people what you want […]