New Rules: How the SECURE and CARES Acts Change Your Retirement

The devastation caused by COVID-19 has overshadowed two important pieces of legislation that can affect your retirement. Here is a “cheat sheet” so that you can understand the key points that may relate to your situation. As is often the case with congressional law, the details can be complicated, so you should consult a professional […]

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Portfolio Management During a Crisis

Like most of us, you have probably been more focused on the ramifications of the health aspect of the COVID-19 crisis. But, given the media attention on the economics of the Coronavirus, it is natural to wonder if there is something you or we should be doing regarding your investment portfolio. So we thought it […]

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Willow Creek Commentary: Spring-2020

THE CARES ACT The following is a summary of major provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security “CARES” Act. The Act is a complex piece of legislation and it covers many areas; our focus will be on how it impacts individuals. We would welcome speaking to you about it and if it might […]

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To Roth or Not to Roth?

Many earners are in the smart retirement savings habit of making pre-tax contributions to company or individual retirement plans, such as a 401(k), 403(b) or SEP IRA.  Strong incentives include a tax deduction for the contribution and often some form of employer match or contribution.   Accumulated contributions are then invested, usually in stocks and bonds, […]

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Willow Creek Commentary: Summer-2018

TAX DEDUCTIONS AND CHARITABLE IMPACT The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in late 2017 is more than 500 pages long with detailed changes affecting many areas of the tax code.   Aside from the reduction in federal tax rates, most taxpayers will be impacted by the higher standard deduction and changes in itemizing deductions. Here’s […]

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Good News for Philanthropic IRA owners

If you’re over age 70 1/2 and are looking to reduce your taxes while making charitable contributions, you should consider taking advantage of a Qualified Charitable Donation (QCD) from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) this year. The IRS ruled that charitable donations after age 70 1/2 made from your IRA accounts will be exempt from […]

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Willow Creek Commentary: Winter-2017

NEW TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT The much-touted new tax legislation became law just before the end of last year. The banner headline is a significant reduction in corporate tax rates, however, most of us are wondering how it will affect the “ordinary” taxpayer. One of the stated goals of the Tax Cuts and Jobs […]

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Willow Creek Commentary: Summer-2017

HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT FOR RETIREMENT Many people don’t realize that a health savings account, or HSA, can be a powerful retirement savings vehicle. The reason is, from a tax perspective, the HSA is unique in that it offers a triple tax benefit: 1. The money you contribute reduces your taxable income 2. Money within an […]

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6 ways to ring in the new year with a lower April tax bill

As year-end draws near, the last thing anyone wants to think about is taxes. But if you are looking for ways to minimize your tax bill, there’s no better time for tax planning than now. That’s because there are a number of tax-smart strategies you can implement now that will reduce your tax bill come […]

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