An understanding of the rules governing Medicare can help advisers and clients manage the costs of health care in retirement. Here's a look at when clients should enroll, how surcharges are calculated for high-income clients and how Medicare affects health savings accounts. AICPA PFP/PFS members can access additional information on Medicare in The Adviser's Guide to Financial and Estate Planning.
INCREASE YOUR REVENUE GENERATED PER CLIENT Including financial and investment planning alongside your tax practice may significantly increase the amount of revenue you generate per client. Read real stories from Advisors as they reveal how their tax and financial services practices changed after joining HD Vest Financial Services®.
The Department of Labor is seeking to delay the best-interest contract exemption of the fiduciary rule by 18 months. The delay would postpone enforcement of this provision -- as well as two other prohibited transaction exemptions -- until July 1, 2019.
Grow your Client Relationships. Grow your Firm. The AICPA Personal Financial Planning (PFP) Section will deepen your client relationships by strengthening your staff's expertise in this growing specialty. You'll get resources and tools to ensure an ideal client experience and maximize your firm's growth potential. We focus on the forward-thinking strategies and opportunities that will help you help clients meet their financial goals. Learn more >>
A recent IRS revenue procedure extends the time frame to file for a portability election to two years, up from 15 months. In addition, the procedure provides late filing relief, giving executor spouses until Jan. 2, 2018, to file for portability for spouses who died after 2011. Access this podcast by Bob Keebler, CPA/PFS, from the AICPA PFP Section to learn more.
Clients might make several mistakes with individual retirement accounts, including waiting until the last moment to make contributions, assuming that Roth IRAs are always superior to traditional IRAs and ignoring the potential to make spousal contributions. This article lists 20 mistakes to avoid.
People with modified adjusted gross income above $85,000 (or $170,000 for joint returns) face higher Medicare premiums. However, clients may be able to appeal these premiums in certain cases, and advisers can help by incorporating Medicare Part B planning into tax planning.
Tax reform is a major goal for Congress and the current administration, but the specifics of how retirement accounts may be affected is not yet clear. This article analyzes how taxpayers would be affected if lawmakers encouraged a shift to Roth contributions.
Assisting clients with philanthropic giving and impact investing may improve their satisfaction with your practice, which can ultimately boost retention rates. Forty-four percent of clients say they want more help from their advisers to ensure their philanthropic efforts are achieving results, according to a recent report.
Advisers may find some useful suggestions on how to offer comfort to grieving clients in a book co-authored by Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, who discusses the death of her husband. This article reviews the book and addresses how advisers can help clients who have suffered a loss.
Millennials represent advisers' largest client base in the future, given that much of an estimated $30 trillion in generational wealth will be transferred to them. Attracting millennials as clients involves embracing a combination of technology and human contact, and focusing on a personalized experience. For more information on how to win over millennials, register for this free AICPA PFP Section webcast.
2018 PFP Summit: Where Inspiration Leads to Impact
Don't miss a gathering of forward-thinking financial planners at the 2018 Personal Financial Planning Summit in January. Hear from highly sought-after speakers including Cheryl Holland, Mark Tibergien, Tracey Beckes and Philip Palaveev. Enjoy fireside chats and intentional networking and activity time while staying at the luxurious Terrenea Resort on the southern California coast.
Podcast: Roth Conversions by Asset Class
Implementing Roth conversions by asset class is an increasingly popular planning strategy. In this podcast, Bob Keebler, CPA/PFS, shares how this strategy works and identifies situations where it would be effective.
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