David John Marotta

President, CFP®, AIF®, AAMS®

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Avoid Dave Ramsey’s Referral Services
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Rumors suggest that the network’s vetting is a five minute process where you are told the fees are about $1,000 a month.

#TBT Marotta’s 2019 Gone-Fishing Portfolios
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In case you missed it, here is the overview of our Marotta’s 2019 Gone-Fishing Portfolios. These are our recommended simple asset allocations for those just getting started with investing.

The 30-Year Value of a Single Roth Conversion
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Thirty years of interest, dividends, and capital gains tax is a significant savings.

Megan Russell

Chief Operating Officer

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Q&A: How Does the SECURE Act Change QCDs?
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“I will be turning 70 1/2 and wanted to start making contributions to charity from an IRA and taking the QCD at that time. Would this bill require me to wait two more tax years, until I am 72, to do this?”

The 30-Year Value of a Single Roth Conversion
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Thirty years of interest, dividends, and capital gains tax is a significant savings.

How to Confirm a Schwab Bank Check You Wrote Was Cashed
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What ever happened to that check? Here’s how to find out if it a Schwab check you wrote has been cashed by the recipient.

2019 Tax Facts
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Here is a cheat sheet with information about the 2019 tax brackets and contribution limits that should help as you do your tax planning for the year.

State Tax Credits Are Becoming Less Valuable
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New proposed legislation cuts the benefit of donating to charity and receiving tax credits in return.

#TBT The Benefits of Saving and Investing Early
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This 2014 article reminds us: don’t wait until you “have more” or “make extra money” – start saving now! It is worth more.

Courtney Fraser

Wealth Manager, CFP®

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A Quick Strategy for Analyzing Whether You Should Rent or Sell
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There are two ways to run the analysis. One is quick and can be done on the back of a napkin. The other is more detailed, best done in a spreadsheet. In this part one, we will explain the quick math.

How Do I Take an RMD From an Illiquid Asset?
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The tax penalty for failing to take an RMD is steep at 50% of the amount you fail to take, so it is essential that you make the effort to take your RMD, even when having illiquid investments creates extra hassle.

Q&A: Can I pay for my student’s computer repair using 529 funds?
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In 2015, Congress passed the PATCH Act that included a provision which allowed computer purchases to be a qualified education expense for 529 plans. But what of computer repairs?

 

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