investment

When Will I Get My Employer W2, Investments 1099, Mortgage 1098 and Other 2016 Tax Return Forms and Filing Documents

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[Updated for 2015-2016 tax season] Before we file our tax returns there are a number of forms we need to receive from our employers, financial institutions and other entities we make money from, conducted financial transactions or did business with. Below are estimated time frames for when we can expect to receive some of these common income tax forms. Employer W-2. This […]

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How Financial Planners Charge And Understanding Their Fee Structure

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A few weeks ago I began my search for a financial planner (or financial advisor as some prefer) to review my monetary situation and see if I am on the right track for a sound retirement.  I consider myself pretty savvy when it comes to personal finance, but I think it is always good to meet with an expert for a […]

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Capital Gains Tax Rates – A Double Dose of Taxes on Your Investment Returns

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[January 2013 update following Fiscal Cliff Deal] With legislation now in place to avert the fiscal cliff many investors will be breathing a sigh of relief as the tax rates on capital gains, dividends on investments did not rise as much as expected. A lot of pundits were forecasting that rates on investment income could […]

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Capital Gains Tax – Short and Long Term Rates Plus Other Factors to Consider

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[Updated for 2014 and 2015 Capital Gain Tax Rates] When you sell a capital asset like a stock or a home you own, the difference between the amount you sell it for and what you paid for it (cost basis) is classified as a capital gain or a capital loss. Capital gains and losses are further […]

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