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Long Term Care Insurance: A New Overview

Much of today’s population will eventually require some form of long term medical or personal assistance care as they age. How these people receive and pay for services will drive their long term care (LTC) experience.  Even if you think you are well versed in the ins and outs of LTC, you might be surprised to know that long term care includes a surprising range of services and complexities. Long term care support may occur

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5 Estate Tax Mitigation Techniques You Should Consider

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act In 2017, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act doubled the amount that someone could pass to their heirs without incurring Federal estate tax. As a result, many families have enjoyed relief from the federal estate tax. In 2023, an individual can pass just under $13 million ($26 million for a couple) to their heirs without getting hit by the 40% federal estate tax. There is an important caveat note,

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2024 IRS limits announced

The IRS recently announced 2024 limits affecting retirement plans and other qualified savings vehicles. The amounts have increased in almost all categories.  You will see the changes in bold in this quick reference.  For advice on tax planning, contact a SYM advisor. 401(k) Related Limits 2024 2023 401(k) Elective Deferrals $23,000 $22,500 401(k) Catch-up Contribution $7,500 $7,500 415 Annual Additions Limit $69,000 $66,000 Annual Compensation Limit $345,000 $330,000 Social Security Wage Base $168,600 $160,200  

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Ensuring Your Pets are Cared For After You’re Gone

In this quick but packed full of information episode, Michelle discusses the importance of including plans for your pets in your estate planning. Many households now have companion animals, so it is crucial to consider what will happen to dogs, cats, or other pets if their owners become unable to care for them or pass away. Michelle recommennds speaking with your estate attorney about setting aside funds and establishing guardians for your pets. She also

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Understanding Hidden Nuggets within the SECURE Act

We have a quick tactical nugget for you on this latest episode of the EmpowHER podcast. In this episode, Michelle Hipskind focuses on dissecting the changes brought about by the 2019 SECURE Act, with particular emphasis on the elimination of the “stretch IRA,” which imposes a 10-year limit for withdrawals for those inheriting IRA accounts. However, the podcast also sheds light on exceptions like qualified charitable distributions for beneficiaries close to 70 and a half years old.

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Insight on Risks, Rewards, and the True Measure of Wealth with Dennis McKeever

Dennis McKeever has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh along with a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of California, Irvine. Dennis retired from Dow Chemical after a thirty-year career where he primarily served as a senior manager in Research and Development.   However, he also had two business management experiences – first as the manager of the Chemicals business for Latin America and subsequently as the VP for the

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