Month: November 2019

5 Biggest Factors Affecting Your Credit

              Throughout my career as a wealth manager and financial planner, I’ve found that one of the most misunderstood components of our financial lives is credit.  Most people understand the basics – you borrow money from a bank/credit card company/mortgage lender and pay interest on the balance.  But what many people don’t understand is how their credit scores are determined, and how those scores can impact their overall financial lives.

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How to Maximize the Deductibility of Charitable Contributions

The tax law changes in 2018 dramatically reduced the deductibility of many expenses and increased the standard deduction dramatically.  However, these same tax reforms cleared the way for individuals and families to continue to support the causes they believe in while still potentially minimizing their taxes. However, this new approach requires planning ahead and an understanding of how “bunching” deductions work.

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Six Tax Strategies to Consider Before the End of the Year

The tax law changes that went into effect in 2018, changed many things but tax planning moves are still available that can be implemented before the end of the year that can reduce your taxes in 2019.  Whether you are self-employed or a W-2 employee, there are strategies available now that can reduce your tax bill if you act before the end of the year. 

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Cathy Miller Receives the Women’s Choice Award® as Highly Recommended Financial Advisor by Women for Women for Seventh Consecutive Year

Atlanta – November 19, 2019 – Atlanta Financial Associates, an independent financial advisory firm, recently announced that Cathy Miller, MBA, CFP® , CRPS®, CDFA™, has received the Women’s Choice Award® for Financial Advisors and Firms.

As the leading advocate for female consumers, WomenCertified Inc. selected Miller based on rigorous research and specific objective criteria; she has received this recognition every year since 2013. 

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9 Year-End Tax Tips

This year marks our second year living with the sweeping tax law changes passed at the end of 2017, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  How did you fare under the new tax law, or do you know?

Many tax payers had pleasant surprises when they filed their 2018 returns, with smaller tax bills and/or larger refunds than usual.  But some tax payers felt like they didn’t benefit from the tax cuts at all.  As we met with clients in 2019, we found that for some of those clients the total tax paid was in fact higher, but due to higher income levels (from a strong economy and stock market), while tax rates actually did decline from pre-2018 levels. Unfortunately, for a significant minority of our clients, both rates and taxes paid were higher due to limitations on mortgage interest deductions, the elimination of personal exemptions and the cap on state and local tax deductions (the so called “SALT” deductions). 

Regardless of which camp you found yourself in after filing your 2018 taxes, there is still time to minimize what you will owe for 2019 with smart planning.  We have listed 9 tips to consider between now and year-end.

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Billfolds and Babies

A baby changes the game in so many ways. I think back to the first time I heard my little boy say “peeeez, Daddy.” I would have handed that little guy nearly anything he wanted with little remorse just because of how cute it was. It makes me think about how as parents, we naturally want to not just meet, but exceed the wants and needs of our children; however, accomplishing that can be quite a challenge. With so much time focused on getting ready mentally, spiritually, and physically for a new baby, it is also fact that soon-to-be parents can especially end up feeling a bit unprepared financially because it is so tough to judge how expensive life as a growing family will be.

Knowing personally and professionally that the fiscal changes associated with parenthood are a gracious plenty, I’ve laid out a few things below that will hopefully make the experience of welcoming a new baby less of a learn-on-the-fly education.

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