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What You Need To Know About The 83(b) Election And How It Can Help You Save BIG On Taxes

If you’re making a large sum of ordinary income while investing, you’re in a unique tax situation. Ordinary income, like what you earn on through your W-2, on a Form 1040 income is highly taxed. But if you use the right methods to handle your investment income, you can save a lot of money. If …

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Avoid early IRA withdrawal penalties by using the 72(t) rule

Have you been saving for your retirement? If you’re making a high enough income, you’re likely building up healthy retirement savings. If you’ve also been receiving a match on your contributions from your employer to a 401(k), you’re likely doing even better. But regardless of which retirement accounts you’re using, you’ll face the hefty 10% …

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Should I pay off my mortgage or invest?

Professionals with high incomes are often faced with difficult financial choices. One of the most common and difficult choices is whether to focus on paying off a mortgage. Doing so can remove one of the largest financial burdens most individuals face. Alternatively, investing in your future may seem a better idea than focusing on your …

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When do I file MFS versus MFJ?

Your marriage status has a large impact on your taxes. But even when you’re married, you still have a serious tax choice to make. While taxes aren’t the most romantic topic to discuss with your partner, you’ll want to have the talk. So, cuddle up in bed, get a glass of wine, grab your tablet, …

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How to make taxes less daunting

Why is tax season so daunting? Well, we all fear the unknown. And for many business owners and medical professionals, April is the month of the unknown. How much money will I owe? How much money will I have left? What are the consequences of that financial decision I made earlier in the year? Many …

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Step-by-step tutorial of the Mega Backdoor Roth through Fidelity Investments

I am always looking for ways to put more money into my retirement. Chris and I currently have 10 (yes ten!) retirement accounts with a mixture of pre-tax and post-tax accounts. Each account has its own unique set of rules, contribution amounts, and investment strategies. For example, Chris, at his neurosurgical practice, has a 401k …

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How a couple saved $126,000 in tax for retirement, and found peace of mind during a big business change

Jeff and Trisha are a couple with two kids living in California. When they came to Cerebral for advice, Jeff had recently changed from doing W-2 work to running his healthcare business as a full 1099 independent contractor. Jeff already had a strong feeling he was paying too much tax. He had all kinds of …

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