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Some New Things For Spring

Optimism | Planning

Greetings and Happy Spring! For many of us, the renewal of spring signals that it’s time to get into spring cleaning mode – sweeping the dust out, rotating our wardrobes, decluttering our rooms. The goal is to tidy and freshen up your living space as the new season rolls in. I know for me, taking…

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Congratulations to Pascale!

Culture and Values | Planning

Tschetter Group is proud to announce that our Associate Financial Planner, Pascale Dumesnil has passed the CFP® examination and will soon be applying for her CFP® certificate. The CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification is largely considered the highest standard in financial planning. It is a rigorous process that requires each advisor candidate to satisfy educational and…

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Net Unrealized Appreciation (NUA)

Planning

For those of you that have accumulated employer stock within your employer-sponsored retirement plan, you have a few different options when you’re eligible to take a distribution from your plan. Often times when employees leave a company, the best course of action is to roll your company retirement plan into an IRA to continue to…

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Opting-out of the Washington LTC Cares Act

Planning

For those who have a private long term care policy in place and want to opt-out of the WA Cares Act, below are instructions on how to do so. The payroll tax officially starts on January 1st 2022 so it is critical that you opt-out before year end. Please keep in mind that once you…

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Social Security COLA Increase in 2022

Planning

The Social Security Administration announced today benefits will see a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of 5.9%– the largest increase since 1982. To put it in perspective, the average increase over the past decade has been only 1.4%. This increases the maximum retirement benefit at full-retirement age from $3,148 per month currently ($37,764 annually) to $3,345 per…

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The Mega Backdoor Roth

Planning

In the planning department, many of our conversations with clients is about determining savings goals on an annual basis that will help propel them to their retirement planning goals discussed. For many clients, that starts with taking advantage of their company retirement plans and working to maximize their contributions, and then more detailed planning follows…

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Introducing Pascale: in her own words

Culture and Values | Planning

A soccer game isn’t much different than building a portfolio or financial plan. Some may be reading this and thinking wow, that’s a stretch, but please allow me to explain. Preparing for a soccer game consists of strategizing and picking your players who will hopefully bring the best performance on a certain day. Our coaches…

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Recent Tax Proposals

Planning

For at least a year now, well before the election, there’s been plenty of news, opinions, and frankly bluster about President Biden’s federal tax proposals to fund infrastructure and new social programs including education, nutrition, and childcare.  While what is on the table would certainly represent a significant change, especially for U.S. companies and high…

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Getting Your Fair Share of Long-Term Care

Planning

Earlier this year, Washington State passed the first ever payroll tax to fund long-term care needs for its residents. Effective on January 1st of 2022, Washington state residents will be subject to a 0.58% payroll tax to fund this program, designed to alleviate pressure on the Medicaid system. While this may be a benefit to…

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Generosity and Donor-Advised Funds

Culture and Values | Optimism | Planning

Good Morning and Happy Friday! A couple weeks ago we touched on what an extraordinary year 2020 was for many different reasons. Of particular note has been the extraordinary “rise to the occasion” of you, our clients and friends of the firm, as many have stepped forward with generosity and care for others. Despite all…

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