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Earned Taxable Compensation

by Kristin P. Sinclair - A Accu Tax - December 5, 2017 Medicare Professional Insurance Kristin Sinclair

The IRS describes taxable compensation in general terms as what you earn from working. This specifically includes wages, salaries, tips, professional fees, bonuses, and other amounts you receive for personal services rendered. The IRS considers as taxable compensation all amounts properly shown on your W-2 in Box 1, provided that amount is not reduced by any amount entered in Box 11. This does not include unearned income, which may also be taxable. For IRS purposes, scholarship and fellowship payments are taxable compensation only if shown on Form W-2 in Box 1. Consult your tax advisor and/or www.IRS.gov for more information.

  Updated in Rock Hill SC and Charlotte NC by Kristin P. Sinclair A Accu Tax (803)329-0609 December 5, 2017   KPS: More information is available at IRS.gov. See Publication 590-A and Publication 590-B.

IRA Risks and Expenses

Insurance Professional Donn Sinclairby Donn J. Sinclair, MBA - December 15, 2017

A few words about risks and expenses. You should carefully consider any mutual fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses. Not all mutual funds may be appropriate for everyone. Every individual has their own unique investment objective that may or may not match any particular mutual fund. Also, prior to any decisions or investing in any fund, you should carefully read the prospectus as this will outline the specifics of the mutual fund. The information nor any opinion expressed herein constitutes a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any securities, and should not be relied on as financial advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Updated in Rock Hill SC and Charleston SC by Donn J. Sinclair, MBA (803)329-0609 December 15, 2017 Note: More information is available at IRS.gov. See Publication 590-A and Publication 590-B.
@Sinclair Financial Solutions is independently owned and operated. Donn J. Sinclair, MBA is SC insurance licensed in CT, GA, IL, NC, SC, and VA (NIPR NPN#1722815). SC Real Estate License #76530, and NRDS #554027312. Securities offered through Fortune Financial Services, Inc,3582 Brodhead Road, Suite #202, Monaca, PA 15061;branch office of record located at 948 Myrtle Drive Rock Hill, SC 29730, Member FINRA/SIPC. @Sinclair Financial Solutions and Fortune Financial Services, Inc are separate entities.

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  • What is a Traditional IRA?

    • by Kristin P. Sinclair – A Accu Tax- January 11, 2018

      An IRA is an Individual Retirement Account that you set-up with a financial institution, often with the help of a financial professional. One of the first and most popular IRAs is the Traditional IRA; which is also known as the Original IRA. The Traditional IRA is a tax-deferred retirement savings account. That means you normally do not pay current income taxes on your contributions, and only pay taxes on your money later when you make withdrawals in retirement. By deferring taxes, any dividends, interest payments, and capital gains can compound each year without being hindered by taxes. Thus the Traditional IRA has the opportunity to grow much faster than a taxable account. Often retirees find themselves in a lower tax bracket than during their pre-retirement working years. Then the Traditional IRA funds should be withdrawn and taxed at a lower rate.
      Traditional IRAs come in two varieties: deductible and nondeductible. Qualifying for a full or partial tax deduction typically depends on your income, and whether you or your spouse have access to an employer sponsored retirement account like a 401k.

      The Traditional IRA has promising advantages for those qualified:
      · Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to deduct some or all of your IRA contributions from current income.
      · Funds in your IRA, including earnings and gains, are normally not taxed until they are distributed.

      Example:
      In 2017 Susan is single, and she is covered by a retirement plan at work in Charlotte NC. With a Traditional IRA, she is able to figure out that her adjusted gross income should be less than $50,000, and she should receive the full 2017 Traditional IRA deduction. In May 2018 Susan plans to marry George. He is also covered by a retirement plan at his Winthrop University position in Rock Hill SC. George earns a considerably higher income than Susan. As a result of their upcoming marriage, George and Martha will need to determine with their tax advisor if they will qualify for a partial or full deduction for their Traditional IRAs in 2018.

      Updated by Kristin P. Sinclair: A Accu Tax
      in Charlotte NC and Rock Hill SC
      January 11, 2018 (803)329-0609
      KPS: More information is available at IRS.gov.
      See Publication 590-A and Publication 590-B.

  • Who Can Open a Traditional IRA?

    • by Kristin P. Sinclair  –  A Accu Tax  –  January 25, 2018

      You have decided to pursue a Traditional IRA. That is an Excellent Decision ! So what is your next step ? First check to make certain that you are eligible to open a Traditional IRA for 2017 or 2018. Normally you should qualify to open and make contributions to a Traditional IRA if:

      • You (or your spouse if you file jointly) received taxable compensation during that tax year (2017 or 2018).
      • You were not age 70 ½ by the end of that tax year (2017 or 2018).

      Whether or not you are covered by another retirement plan you can start your Traditional IRA. If either you or your spouse is covered by an employer retirement plan; however, then it is important to note that your deductible contributions may be limited.

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  • What If You Should Inherit an IRA

    • by Kristin P. Sinclair – A Accu Tax – January 18, 2018

      If you or your spouse should die, then the survivor generally has several options for the Inherited IRA:

      A.) Spousal survivors can designate themselves as the IRA owner, and then the survivors may elect to treat the Inherited IRA as their own Traditional IRA.

      B.) Treat the Inherited IRA as their own by rolling it over into: their Qualified Employer Plan (such as a 401k plan); their Qualified Employee Annuity Plan (403a plan); their Tax-Sheltered Annuity Plan (403b plan); or their state or local government Deferred Compensation 457 plan.

      C.) The surviving spouse may also elect to treat themselves as the IRA Beneficiary, rather than treating the Traditional IRA as their own IRA.

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  • New Medicare Cards on the Way!

    • New Medicare Cards are Coming!

      by Kristin P. Sinclair – A Accu Tax – December 5, 2017

      These new cards will be mailed between April 2018 and April 2019 . You may have had concerns about your Medicare Number being linked to a Social Security Number. Well the government has realized that yes it is time to change the way the card numbers and letters look on your Medicare Card. You will be getting a new Medicare card! Between April 2018 and April 2019. The government is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and mailing each person a new card. This will help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity. You will get a new Medicare Number that is unique to you, and it will only be used for your Medicare coverage. The new card will not change your coverage or any of your benefits. You will receive more information from Medicare when your new card is mailed to you.

      Here is how you can get ready:

      ■ Make sure your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at ssa.gov/myaccount or 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.

      ■ Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare Card. Medicare will not phone or write you for personal or private information in order to mail you your new Medicare Card with your new Medicare Number.

      ■ Remember that mailing everyone a new Medicare Card will take some time. Your card most likely will arrive at a different time than your friends or neighbors receive their ne Medicare Card.

      Updated by Kristin P. Sinclair: A Accu Tax
      in Charleston SC and Rock Hill SC
      December 5, 2017 (803)329-0615

  • What Are Medicare Supplements ?

    • by Kristin P. Sinclair   – A Accu Tax –  February 1, 2018

      Medicare Supplements are policies sold by private insurance companies designed to pay many of the health care costs not covered by Original Medicare. Some Medicare Supplements will feature additional benefits; these are value added features. Gym memberships, fitness opportunities at the local gym, or training at home with self directed memberships, plus optical and pharmacy discounts. Some Medicare Supplement plan designs have coverage for Foreign Travel emergencies. Emergency foreign travel expenses may be covered with certain plan designs.

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  • Let’s Talk Medicare in 2018

    • by Kristin P. Sinclair – A Accu Tax – December 1, 2017

      We know that Medicare has several different parts. Today we will focus on Medicare Part A of Original Medicare.

      Medicare Part A has a Hospital Deductible of $1,340 per benefit period deductible. You might be wondering what a benefit period is? Well it is a continuous or unbroken number of days within a calendar year. So a person in the hospital as an inpatient on different occasions during a year could face several Part A Hospital Deductibles. It is very important to understand the potential Part A Deductible financial responsibility you might face. Therefore, it is very important to understand that Medicare does not cover all potential costs.

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  • What is Term Life Insurance?

    • by Donn J. Sinclair, MBA – December 4, 2017

      This is the most basic form of life insurance, and term life insurance is normally the best value for your life insurance dollar. Term life insurance provides life insurance coverage for a specific period of time or term.   This term period can be a 1-year term, 5-year term, and as long as a 30-year term.
      term life insurance

      The policy owner pays a premium normally monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. As long as the premium is paid on time, then the life insurance policy is in effect until at least the end of the term.

      The term life insurance period selected should be long enough to provide life insurance coverage for the years when the insurance proceeds would be needed to replace money or income lost due to the insured’s death. If the insured(s) dies during the term life insurance period, then the insurance amount or beneficial proceeds are paid to the beneficiaries. After the term period expires, if the term life insurance was not extended, then there is no longer any insurance, and no beneficial proceeds to be paid. Most term life insurance policies have maximum issue ages. If you are in your sixties or early seventies, then plan ahead with a term life insurance period to match or exceed your insurance needs.

      There are three basic types of term life insurance. Annual renewable term insurance premium rise as you age; however, these policies normally have the lowest early year premiums. These policies are best suited to provide a large amount of insurance coverage at low premiums in the early years; with the expectation that you will have increased income or lower other expenses in the years ahead. Another consideration is that you purchase a 20-year annual renewable term life insurance policy, expecting to need the coverage for less than the full term. Should the insurance need continue longer than expected, then you still have coverage years remaining.

      The second type is level premium term life insurance. Here both the insurance amount and the premium are locked in for the life of the term life insurance period. You have the peace of mind of the term life insurance and guaranteed not to rise premiums.

      The third type is decreasing term life insurance. This type is quite popular for providing mortgage protection for a surviving spouse. The premiums stay level, and the insurance amount decreases to reflect a decreasing mortgage balance. If the insured dies during the term life insurance period, then the beneficiary receives insurance proceeds which should be sufficient to payoff the mortgage balance.

      Decreasing term life insurance may also be beneficial for those with no mortgage, yet child(ren) responsibilities. As children grow and the accompanying financial responsibility decreases, the term life insurance coverage decreases to reflect lower financial responsibilities.

      Donn J. Sinclair, MBA (803)329-0609
      Charlotte NC/Rock Hill SC and Charleston SC
      December 4, 2017


      Donn J. Sinclair, MBA is SC insurance licensed in CT, GA, IL, NC, SC, and VA (NIPR #125783). SC Real Estate License #76530, and NRDS #554027312.. @Sinclair Financial Solutions is independently owned and operated. Securities offered through Fortune Financial Services, Inc, Member FINRA/SIPC.
  • What are Home Health Care and Long-Term Care ?

    • By Donn J. Sinclair, MBA – February 15, 2018

      Long-term care is the type of assistance people need to perform activities of daily living which include eating, bathing, continence, dressing, toileting and transferring. Long-term care needs typically arise as part of the normal aging process, but can also be due to an injury or illness, such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, or due to a cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

      What is Home Health Care ?

      Home Health Care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home Health Care is can be less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF).

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  • Capital Gains and Losses – Things to Know !

    • by Kristin P. Sinclair – A Accu Tax – February 15, 2018

      what-is-a-fixed-annuityNormally when you sell a capital asset it results in a capital gain or capital loss. A capital asset includes most property you own for personal use, or that you own as an investment. The following are a few things the IRS suggests you know so that you can better understand your capital gains and losses:

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