Often, in the process of getting to know our clients, we uncover very complex wealth management needs and we work with our clients to ascertain the planning of those needs. Then we develop personalized financial plans and a customized strategy with the goal of transforming those opportunities into increased wealth. As part of our comprehensive wealth management we provide:
The 2018 tax-filing season has officially begun. In an effort to help smooth the process and keep important number at your fingertips throughout the year, we are happy to share a card containing key financial data for 2018!
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act legislation has been passed by Congress and awaits the president's signature. The Act makes extensive changes that affect both individuals and businesses. Click the link below to view some key provisions of the Act. Most provisions are effective for 2018. Many individual tax provisions sunset and revert to pre-existing law after 2025; the corporate tax rates provision is made permanent. Comparisons in the link below are generally for 2018.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced that the standard monthly Part B premium in 2018 will remain $134 (or higher, depending on your income). In 2017, most Medicare beneficiaries who received Social Security benefits paid a lower monthly premium ($109, on average). However, this is likely to change in 2018.
Due to a provision in the Social Security Act called the "hold harmless" rule, Medicare premiums for existing beneficiaries can't increase faster than their Social Security benefits. Over the past few years, Social Security benefits didn't increase much because of low or no cost-of-living increases. However, there will be a 2% cost-of-living increase for Social Security benefits in 2018. This increase will cause more people to pay higher monthly Medicare Part B premiums closer to the standard ($134) amount.