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2020 RMDs Waived Under CARES Act

In March 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed. There are several components to the CARES Act that will impact many, if not all, Americans. This blog article focuses on how the CARES Act affects Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs).

Posted By Alyssa Yocom
April 30, 2020
Financial Planning

Saving for College: 529 College Savings Plan

Planning for college is becoming increasingly important with higher education tuition on the rise and with the national student loan debt recently breaking 1.5 trillion dollars. Many parents and grandparents are thinking about how they can help the next generation pay for college. One option is the 529 college savings plan.

Posted By Schultz Financial Group Inc.
July 10, 2019
Financial Planning

Financial Checklist for Newlyweds

Getting married is an exciting time. It can also be challenging as you navigate financial discussions with your spouse or spouse-to-be. This checklist is intended to help guide your financial discussions and help you outline your personal to-do list.

Posted By Alyssa Yocom
May 13, 2019
Estate Planning

IRS Announces Higher 2019 Estate and Gift Tax Limits

The IRS has announced that in 2019, the estate and gift tax exemption will be increased to $11.4 million per individual, up from $11.18 million in 2018. This means that an individual can leave $11.4 million to heirs and pay no federal estate or gift tax and a married couple will be able to leave up to $22.8 million. While the federal exemption amount is considerably high, there are some states that have lower state estate and gift tax exemption amounts.

Posted By Alyssa Yocom
January 15, 2019
Financial Planning

Social Security Benefits Increasing in 2019

Each year, the Social Security Administration announces the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). In October, they announced that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase by 2.8% in 2019.

Posted By Alyssa Yocom
November 7, 2018
Financial Planning

Earthquake Insurance

The decision to carry earthquake insurance is purely personal and, oftentimes, is not an easy choice. Earthquake insurance is generally not included in your homeowners insurance policy, so it should be purchased as a separate policy or as an endorsement to your homeowners policy.

Posted By Alyssa Yocom
August 21, 2018