• Understanding Tax Terms: the kiddie tax – What you know can help you

    Understanding Tax Terms: the kiddie tax – What you know can help you

    In 1986, a tax law was introduced to block parents from transferring investments to their children as a technique to lower their taxes. This law, commonly known as the kiddie tax, ensures that this unearned income is taxed at a parent’s, usually higher, tax rate. But there is still a tax planning opportunity. The term “kiddie tax” was introduced by the Tax Reform Act of 1986. The IRS introduced this rule to keep parents from shifting their investment income to their children and have this income taxed at their child’s lower tax rate. The law requires a child’s unearned income

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  • Fund Your Retirement or Your Child's College?

    Fund Your Retirement or Your Child's College?

    With rapidly increasing costs in both health care and in college tuition, deciding which is more important can be a real dilemma. Here are some thoughts. As our students prepare to head back to school, many families face the difficult decision to save for retirement or use those funds to pay for their children’s college education. The dilemma With student loan amounts in the trillions of dollars, our kids are exiting college with debt the size of small home mortgages. Given that both education and health care costs continue rising dramatically from year to year, it is hard for you

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