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December 2, 2014 8:30 am

Yes, but you need to consider how to make the child a beneficiary. Being a minor means the child can’t inherit the account outright; you’ll need to name a custodian who manages the account until t...

December 2, 2014 8:30 am

Yes. Exchange traded funds, or ETFs, are essentially stock, and the wash sale rules apply to stock as well as mutual fund shares and bonds. Thus, a loss on the sale of an EFT cannot be recognized if y...

November 18, 2014 8:30 am

Not really. Most of the taxes you refer to (as well as taxes on airline tickets, gasoline at the pump, and cable and Internet access) are excise taxes, which are not deductible as itemized deductions ...

November 18, 2014 8:30 am

The law doesn’t put a cap on generosity. However, when gifts to an individual exceed a certain amount, you’ll have to deal with federal gift taxes. In 2014, you can give up to $14,000 per individu...

November 4, 2014 8:30 am

While the interest on municipal bonds is tax free, this doesn’t mean gain or loss on the sale of bonds is excludable from gross income. Gain or loss on the sale of municipal bonds is figured in the ...

November 4, 2014 8:30 am

The cost of housekeeping services are never a deductible medical expense; only personal care services may be deductible under certain conditions. However, the cost of housekeeping services incurred to...

October 21, 2014 8:30 am

The starting point is determining whether you have a gain or loss. If you have a gain, your other buying or selling activities have no impact on reporting the gain. If you have a loss and buy substant...

October 21, 2014 8:30 am

A child who is unrelated to the person who provides support may be able to claim a dependency exemption if the child is a qualifying relative. Even though there are no blood ties, a qualifying relativ...

October 7, 2014 8:30 am

Once you enroll in Medicare (April 1, 2015), you are no longer eligible to contribute to an HSA. You can, however, contribute to an HSA for the months prior to this date (assuming you are covered by a...

October 7, 2014 8:30 am

When a person cannot handle his or her financial affairs because of physical or mental impairment and did not make arrangements (e.g., a durable power of attorney or trust) prior to impairment, a cour...

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