Time Social Security and Spending to Increase Your Retirement Funds

Mid wealth retirees typically rely on Social Security, savings, and sometimes pensions to fund retirements. By timing receipt and expenditures of these different kinds of funds, retirees often can generate significant tax savings. Savings can be either tax free, tax deferred, or taxable. Typical tax free savings are the kinds … Continue reading

House Republicans Propose Major Medicare Premium Increase

While Republicans continue to thwart President Obama’s proposals to increase taxes on people earning over $250,000 or even $1,000,000, House Republicans are expected to pass legislation that describes people earning over $80,000 (families earning over $160,000) as high earners who must pay far higher Medicare premiums. Current law sets higher … Continue reading

Why Work with an Elder Law Attorney for Medicaid Planning?

Long term care can cost over $10,000 per month in the most expensive settings and even care at home with part time paid caregivers can cost thousands of dollars per month. Individuals without long term care insurance must look to savings or Medicaid to fund their care. To qualify for … Continue reading

Medicare Tax On High Earners’ Investments

Beginning in 2013, people with higher incomes will pay a 3.8 percent Medicare surtax on net investment income such as interest, dividends, rents, net capital gains on investments, and certain other income. However, net investment income doesn’t include tax exempt municipal bond interest, annuity distributions, distributions from IRAs and qualified … Continue reading

Medicare Announces Set Asides Unnecessary in Some Personal Injury Settlements

An individual who currently receives Medicare or reasonably expects to become eligible for Medicare in the next 30 months must protect Medicare’s interests when resolving a worker compensation (WC) or personal injury (PI)claim. In other words WC and PI recoveries rather than Medicare must fund care necessitated by a work … Continue reading

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