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The Retirement Tax Podcast

Steven Jarvis and Benjamin Brandt

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The Retirement Tax Podcast is your place to learn how to sand the rough edges off your 6 or 7 figure income tax bill the IRS expects you to pay over the course of your retirement. Hosts Benjamin Brandt, CFPⓇ , and Steven Jarvis, CPA bring you tax topics you can take action on. Leveraging their combined decades of experience in the financial planning and accounting worlds they share their insights and answer your questions.
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If you’re 55 and older and thinking about retirement, then this is the only retirement podcast you need. From tax planning to managing your investment portfolio, we cover the issues you should be thinking about as you develop your financial plan for retirement. Your host, Ryan Morrissey, is a Fee-Only CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM who lives and breathes retirement planning. He’ll be bringing you stories and real life examples of how to set yourself up for a successful retirement.
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What are some of the biggest tax mistakes you should be avoiding when you file taxes? CPA Steven Jarvis has worked on thousands of tax returns. He focuses on helping people who have a long-term focus. He wants to make sure his clients only pay every dollar they owe and nothing more. It’s not about getting a big tax return. It’s about looking at the…
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In this episode Ben and Steven share insight on Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) specifically prompted by listener questions. In addition to covering the basics of what everyone should know about contributing to, investing in and using an HSA, the guys also cover some more unique situations that come up with HSAs. In particular they give you the run …
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One of my favorite ways to save for retirement is through a Health Savings Account (HSA). Too many people overlook a health savings account as a great way to save for retirement and healthcare costs. So how do you get the most bang for your buck out of your HSA? I share some simple strategies that very few people employ in this episode. Disclaimer:…
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Will your benefits be there when you need them the most? If so, should you collect your benefits as soon as possible? This is something I’m frequently asked, so much so that I decided it was time to address it. So in this episode of Retire with Ryan, I’ll cover how Social Security works, how long Social Security will remain solvent, and whether or …
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Once again (this is their third year!) Ben and Steven are giving you the highlights of the IRS Dirty Dozen, an annual list of frauds, schemes and scams to be on the look out for. This episode is not meant to scare, just make you aware. Steven and Ben share insight on what's out there and what you can do to help protect yourself from bad actors and …
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What are the current trends with ETFs? What’s happening in the fixed-income market? How can investors tackle current challenges? Matthew Bartolini, CFA, CAIA—the head of ETF Research at State Street Global Advisors—joins me to dissect the ETF market and how investors can handle volatility. Matthew believes the ETF market will only continue to grow …
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Summary: In this episode Steven and Ben are back together and answering questions sent in by great listeners like you. Covering a variety of topics Ben and Steven take the time to give specific answers to these situations along with broader insight that will benefit everyone listening in. Stay tuned to the end as Steven and Ben talk about tax filin…
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How do you know if your financial advisor is delivering value? Is seeing a financial gain in your investments the only metric you should use? I’ve identified four key areas where your financial advisor should be delivering value to you: Awareness of costs and fees, performance of your portfolio, financial planning benefits, and communication. I’ll …
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What should you expect once you’ve hired a fee-only financial advisor? Fee-only financial advisors typically offer financial planning, investment management, or a combination of both. In this episode, I’ll cover what each process will be like because what you’re hiring your financial advisor to do will determine how your experience will be (and wha…
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Continuing the theme of sharing lessons learned from recent client conversations, Steven and Ben share common things they see on tax returns that are just as commonly areas for confusion and questions. The tax code can feel like a mystery but with a little help it can be less intimidating. The guys share some of the things they regularly see, like …
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How do you find a fee-only financial advisor who’s the right fit for you? I’ve outlined a detailed process that you can use to not create a list, research your list, and interview and hire the perfect fit for you. I’ll cover it all in this episode. This is Part 3 of a five-part series about financial planners to celebrate the release of my first bo…
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What are the three different types of financial advisors? Why do I believe a fee-only financial advisor is the best? If you’re considering hiring a financial advisor for the first time—or questioning if your current advisor has your best interests at heart—don’t miss this one. It’s part 2 of my series in which I’m covering some of the topics in my …
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I’ve spent the last 18 months writing the first book, “Fiduciary: How to Find, Hire, and Establish a Trusted Partnership with a Fee-Only Advisor,” which will officially be published on May 28th. I wrote this book to help everyone find a financial advisor who will put their interests first. Why? I see too many bad financial advisors harming their cl…
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In this episode our dynamic duo is back for more tax fun as Ben wrapped up his spring surge and Steven is passed the tax filing deadline. Fresh off of so many client meetings they both have stories to share and questions to answer. This episode's discussion focuses on what to do if you (or someone you know or are responsible for) haven't filed your…
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Have you inherited an IRA from a non-spouse who passed away after 1/1/2020? Beneficiaries of pre-tax retirement accounts have always had to pay taxes on what they inherit. However, on 1/1/2020, the SECURE Act was passed, changing the annual amount that beneficiaries would have to withdraw. Beforehand, non-spousal beneficiaries could: Cash out the a…
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In a special episode this week Steven is joined by a tax professional who doesn't do any tax preparation. Kristine Stevenson is an Enrolled Agent who previously worked for the IRS and now specializes in tax resolution work. Steven and Kristine talk about what tax resolution work includes and when it might be something a taxpayer needs to pursue. Th…
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If you are divorced and approaching 62, you may qualify for social security benefits based on your ex-spouse's earning record. But who qualifies? When can you collect it? How much can you collect? Does your ex-spouse find out? I’ll answer the things you need to know in this episode of Retire with Ryan. You will want to hear this episode if you are …
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Medicare is confusing and complicated. Most people nearing retirement age have likely heard numerous mistruths regarding when to get it, what it does for you, and so much more. That’s why I’m busting the 10 most commonly perpetrated Medicare myths so you’ll know how to discern fact from fiction—and put your mind at ease. You will want to hear this …
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How can you protect your data and personal information from IRS scammers and criminals? Everyone is afraid of being audited by the IRS. Maybe you’re scared you may have filed your taxes incorrectly. Criminals take advantage of that fear to perpetuate their scams. But there are some simple things you can do to avoid falling victim to these scams. I’…
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This week's episode is a special one in that Steven is not being joined by a CPA or CFP. Steven's guest this week, Ashley Quamme, is actually a Fractional Financial Behavior Officer (don't worry, they talk about what that is) and specializes in helping financial planning firms go beyond the numbers and understand how their clients think, feel and d…
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Do you usually get a tax refund? What do you typically do with your tax refund? Do you have it earmarked for a specific purpose? As we’re inching closer to the tax filing deadline, I thought it would be interesting to share some ways you can wisely invest your tax refund. I’ll cover 9 ideas you can consider to make good use of your money. You will …
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Do you own stock in the company that you work for in your 401K? Net unrealized appreciation could potentially save you a significant amount of money on your taxes when you start making withdrawals. I’ll share how to take advantage of the process as well as mistakes to avoid making in this episode of Retire with Ryan. You will want to hear this epis…
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Benjamin Brandt is back on the join this week and rejoins Steven Jarvis to talk tax topics that are relevant in April. Whether you've already filed your return or still need to get it across the finish line the guys have some great information for you. They also dive into what it means to file an extension and when it makes sense to do just that (s…
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The Federal Reserve Met on 3/20/24 to discuss monetary policy and whether or not to raise or lower interest rates. They announced that they won’t make any changes. Most experts believe that they’ll lower interest rates in June. So should you start selling your money market funds and short-term bond funds? When should you do it? Should you move the …
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As we get closer to the tax filing deadline (April 15th), I wanted to talk about contributing to a Roth IRA or traditional IRA. In this episode, I’ll cover contribution and deduction limits, spousal IRAs, and non-deductible IRA contributions (and why you’d want to consider them). You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in... [1:16]…
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In this episode resident "Least Boring CPA" Steven Jarvis wraps up his walkthrough of a 1040 providing insight and information to make sure you understand your tax return. Steven covers both technical details as well as reminders on what might be most relevant to you and changes to watch out for from year to year. This is as "hands on" as a podcast…
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What is Indexed Universal Life Insurance? Is it something you should consider investing in? Are the rumors you’ve heard about it true? In this episode, Andy Panko (of Tenon Financial) and I dispel 7 myths that are circulating about UILs and we cover what you need to know to make an informed decision about the insurance product. You will want to hea…
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On December 23rd, 2022, congress passed the SECURE 2.0 Act. Among the many changes, one of them had to do with 529 plans. You can now make tax-free and penalty-free rollovers from a 529 plan to a Roth IRA. This became effective 1/1/2024. Before this, if you wanted to take a non-qualified withdrawal from a 529 plan (using the money for something out…
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In this episode resident "Least Boring CPA" Steven Jarvis continues taking you through the first part of a 1040 providing insight and information to make sure you understand your tax return. Steven covers both technical details as well as reminders on what might be most relevant to you and changes to watch out for from year to year. This is as "han…
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What are some overlooked benefits of investing for retirement in a brokerage account? Why would you want to invest in a brokerage account in addition to a 401k or other retirement account? Shaun Jones—the President of Jones Fiduciary Wealth Management and author of “Unbrainwashed Investing”—shares 7 reasons to invest in a taxable brokerage account …
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Are you aware of how your biases—both conscious and unconscious—impact your investment decisions? Brie Williams of State Street Global Advisors joins me in this conversation to talk not only about the impact of biases on decision-making but how to cultivate an awareness of your biases to change your behavior, ultimately leading to better decisions.…
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In this episode resident "Least Boring CPA" Steven Jarvis takes you through the first part of a 1040 providing insight and information to make sure you understand your tax return. Steven covers both technical details as well as reminders on what might be most relevant to you and changes to watch out for from year to year. This is as "hands on" as a…
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Last year’s Super Bowl set the record as the most-watched TV event in Nielsen rating history at over 150 million viewers. It’s hypothesized that this year’s Super Bowl is going to set a record for something completely different: The most amount of money bet on a Super Bowl. Why? Because sports betting is now legal in 38 states. So if you’re one of …
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Before you think about when you’re going to retire there’s another question that should be addressed: Are you going to retire? It’s assumed that when you turn 62 or 65, you’re going to retire. And many people do count the days until they retire. But many others love the careers they’re in and can’t imagine stopping. Their concern is that they’ll ge…
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In this episode your favorite "least boring" tax podcast hosts are back to sort out the truth on the internet. Sharing some recent tax articles they read, Steven and Ben dive into a specific example of when the internet gets it wrong and some general advice on how to make sure you know what is actually true online. This isn't about dragging anyone …
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As you enter retirement, tax planning is something that must be prioritized. A Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) can be a great tool in your arsenal to help you minimize the taxes you have to pay. So what is a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)? How can it actually help you lower your taxes? In this episode, I’m going to cover what a QCD…
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The SEC recently and historically approved 11 Bitcoin spot ETFs on January 10th. This is big news because now you can invest in Bitcoin through a brokerage account. On this episode, I’m discussing what this means for you, how you can invest in Bitcoin ETFs, and what to look out for if you're going to take that plunge. You will want to hear this epi…
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With every new year comes a list of resolutions to make this one the best yet. However, a lack of planning leaves most of these goals unfinished. On this episode, I’m sharing five financial resolutions to help you grow your money in 2024 and the follow-through steps to help make them possible. You will want to hear this episode if you are intereste…
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In this episode your Least Boring Tax Podcast hosts cover a variety of tax topics including unusual ways to use the IRS's 60-day rollover rules on IRAs. As always Ben and Steven pull from real experiences serving real clients to share ways you can better understand your own tax situation and proactively plan for the future to sand the rough edges o…
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Now that 2023 is officially in the history books, let’s review my 2023 market predictions to see how close I got! On this episode, we’ll be reviewing last year’s market predictions as well as making new ones for the year ahead. You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in... Reviewing Ryan’s 2023 market predictions [2:38] Looking ahe…
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Are you a small business owner struggling to choose a retirement plan? Then this episode is for you! Join me as we look at the specifics of SEP IRAs and Solo 401(k)s, the pros and cons of each, and the easiest way to get your small business or self-employed retirement plan set up today. You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in...…
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Ben and Steven are kicking off 2024 by helping you wrap up 2023 and look to the future. Just because the calendar flipped over doesn't mean we can forget about 2023 quite yet. Make sure you are keeping track of important deadlines and on the look out for the tax documents you or your tax pro will need to get your 2023 tax filing done. Taxes will ho…
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Have you ever accidentally put post-tax money in with pre-tax when rolling over a traditional IRA? On this episode, I’m answering a listener's question about fixing this easy-to-make but frustrating mistake. We’ll look at the definition of a rollover, why you should separate pre-tax and post-tax money, and how to correct this situation if it occurs…
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Did you inherit an IRA from a non-spouse on January 1, 2020 or later? Well a big change happened this summer that you should be aware of that could impact your 2023 tax season. On this episode, I’m unpacking the passing of and subsequent changes to the SECURE Act, how to best manage an inherited IRA in light of these changes, and how you can leave …
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Going back to the most popular episode of the year of The Least Boring Tax Podcast as Steven and Ben discussed all things Medicare and everyone's least favorite tax relative: IRMAA. You hear the acronym all the time but our dynamic duo took a few minutes to dive into how IRMAA really works and the important things to keep in mind when IRMAA starts …
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We talk so much about the financial aspects of retirement that it’s important to address the mental and emotional shift this season can bring. On this episode, I sit down with life coach Craig Colvett to discuss getting ready for the retirement transition. We talk about the benefits of life coaching for retirees as well as the importance of maintai…
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Are you approaching retirement with tons of questions about Social Security? Then don’t miss this episode! I’m going over the seven most frequently asked questions about Social Security benefits from clients and listeners alike. Hit play for the tips and tricks you have to know before you start collecting. You will want to hear this episode if you …
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In this episode Ben and Steven have a less technical discussion and instead focus on the importance of mindset and perspective when it comes to planning. The words we use can make all the difference on the success of a plan and our ability to really consider changes we may need to make. Ben and Steven also talk about a recent live webinar they did …
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After a lifetime of service to the growing minds of America, teachers deserve a quality retirement. Educators looking to save money beyond their pension plan are being taken advantage of by predatory retirement plans, and I want to put a stop to it. On this episode, I’m breaking down how to avoid bad 403(b) and 457 retirement plans and steps you ca…
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Want to make a Roth IRA contribution, but you earn over the adjusted gross income limit? Never fear, the backdoor Roth conversion is here! On this episode, I’m doing a deep dive into backdoor Roth conversions and the seven mistakes most people make when attempting this financial maneuver. You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in.…
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