Personal financial planning

Ask the expert: Investing with an eye on taxes

Duncan Gates is Avantax’s Strategist–TSI Advisor Experience. In this role, he is responsible for providing education on tax-related topics and concepts, advisor training, and distribution of the Tax-Smart Investing platform.

Medicare changes in response to COVID-19

Recent changes to Medicare due to the pandemic include COVID-19 testing coverage, telemedicine coverage and a requirement that Part D plans provide a 90-day supply of covered drugs upon request. Medicare will also cover a vaccine if one is developed.

Rollover relief for required minimum distributions

The IRS provides relief for taxpayers who had already taken required minimum distributions (RMDs) in 2020 before the CARES Act suspended the RMD requirement for 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on taxpayers and the stock market.

What to do with your stimulus check

Many Americans will receive stimulus money to help them weather the pandemic, but what they do with that money will depend on whether they need it right away or can afford to set some aside. CPA financial planners offer advice on how to make the best use of stimulus funds.

HSA contribution limits increase for 2021

The IRS issued its annual inflation-adjusted contribution limits for contributions to health savings accounts permitted to participants in high-deductible health plans. Most of the amounts increased slightly over the 2020 amounts.

Options for clients with student loans during the pandemic

Here’s a rundown of the relief the CARES Act offers for student loan borrowers, who is eligible for it and what clients can do if they’re not covered by the CARES Act or if they’ve become unemployed or had their hours reduced.

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Getting leases in line

ASC Topic 842 is a relatively simple standard that can mean profound changes for organizations with leases. This report examines what makes this standard challenging and describes new ways for CPAs to add value.