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INDUSTRY NEWS

Annuity Planning

How Competitive Are Income Annuity Providers
Over Time

Distributed by CANNEX Financial Exchanges Limited


Can annuity buyers rely on an insurance company with competitive rates to stay competitive? Or even be competitive across different ages? This brief highlights key findings of a study performed to examine how income annuity (single premium immediate annuity, or SPIA) rates have changed for a collection of insurance companies over time.

 
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Charitable Giving

Changes to DAF Rules Reintroduced on Capital Hill

Vaughn E. James Judge Robert H. Bean Professor of Law, 2001


Congressional representatives had introduced companion legislation that would set timelines on when donations to donor-advised funds (DAFs) would have to be distributed to working charities. The legislation would create two new types of DAFs:

  • 15-year DAFs would allow donors to receive upfront tax benefits as they do under current law but only if funds are distributed within 15 years of the donation.
  • 50-year DAFs would allow donors to elect an “aligned benefit rule,” continuing to receive capital gains and estate tax benefits upon donations but not the income tax deduction until all donated funds are distributed to charity. All funds would be required to be distributed to charities no later than 50 years after their donation.
 
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Fidelity Charitable Donors Grant a Record $10 Billion in 2021 — a 41% Increase from Pre-pandemic Giving

Prepared and distributed by FIDELITY Charitable®


Fidelity Charitable, an independent public charity and the nation’s largest grantmaker, set records in 2021 for number of donor-recommended grants, charities supported, and grant dollars distributed, according to its 2022 Giving Report. Donors recommended a record $10.3 billion in grants, 41% more dollars than pre-pandemic giving in 2019. The 2.2 million individual grants went to 187,000 organizations large and small, reaching local, national, and international groups.

 
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Health Savings Account (HSA) Planning

Making a One-Time Transfer from an IRA to an HSA

Stacy Mendenhall, Marketing & Communications Manager at TRI-AD


A qualified HSA funding distribution (QHFD) allows for the transfer of funds from an IRA to an HSA. The rollover is tax-free. Moving funds from an IRA to an HSA may have more tax advantages than saving in an IRA alone.

 
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IRA Planning

IRS Minimum Distribution Proposal Baffles Financial Advisors

Austin R. Ramsey, Reporter


The new IRS proposal backtracks on earlier guidance the agency issued, and then corrected last year, detailing how long certain retirement plan beneficiaries would have to clear out the savings they inherited. The back-and-forth nature of rule is raising alarms among financial advisers who say they don’t know what to tell their clients about inherited accounts anymore. The proposed rule will require annual RMDs for inherited IRAs if the deceased IRA owner had died after taking his/her RMDs.

 
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Required Minimum Distributions [REG. 105954-20]


The US Treasury Department and the IRS have released proposed regulations on required minimum distributions from retirement plans.

 
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IRA Trusts Should Be Irrevocable

Seymour Goldberg, CPA MBA, JD | Goldberg & Goldberg, PC | Melville, NY


IRA owners with large accounts may name an IRA trust as the beneficiary of their IRA accounts for estate planning and asset protection advantages. However, naming a revocable trust as the IRA beneficiary could pose potential dangers. In Commerce Bank N.A. v. Bolander, a Kansas Appeals court ruled that an IRA owner’s accounts that were payable to a revocable trust “were vulnerable to creditors of the deceased IRA owner if the probate estate assets were inadequate to satisfy valid claims.” For this reason—and others—it is worthwhile to make IRA trusts irrevocable in order to place a safeguard from creditors.

 
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New IRS Rules Help Young IRA Owners

Natalie B. Choate is retired of counsel in Nutter’s Private Client Department


IRS Notice 2022 6, issued in January 2022, has dramatically improved the ability of IRA owners under age 59 and a half to withdraw penalty-free money from their accounts using a “series of substantially equal periodic payments,” or SOSEPP. Though new longer life expectancies slightly reduce the maximum initial payment under a SOSEPP, a substantial increase in the permitted interest-rate assumption (to 5%) significantly increases it.

 
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Rolling Over Last Year’s IRA Distribution

Sarah Brenner, JD Director of Retirement Education at Ed Slott and Company, LLC.


The rollover rules can be especially challenging at the end of the calendar year. If you took a distribution from your IRA at end of 2021 and are considering a rollover in 2022, here is what you need to know.

 
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Life Insurance Planning

How Life Insurers Can Provide Differentiated Retirement Benefits

Ernst & Young Global Limited


Ernst & Young (EY) researchers estimate that by 2030, there will be a $240 trillion retirement savings gap and a $160 trillion protection gap. Insurers are uniquely positioned to address these gaps with products that offer legacy protection, tax-deferred savings growth and guaranteed income for life.

 
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Medicare Planning

Your Clients’ Medicare Costs—Look Beyond the Premiums

Mark Miller, Journalist, Podcaster and Author


Health care is one of the largest budget items for most retirees. A good portion of that expense will be Medicare premiums—but that’s a steady and relatively predictable cost. A significant portion will be uneven, difficult-to-predict out-of-pocket spending—and here, financial planners can play an important role helping clients, especially when they first sign up for Medicare. The most important choice your clients make at that point is between traditional fee-for-service Medicare or Medicare Advantage, the managed care alternative offered by commercial insurance companies.

 
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Retirement Planning

American Views on Defined Contribution Plan Savings, 2021

Prepared and distributed by the Investment Company Institute


This survey by the Investment Company Institute (ICI) polled respondents about their views on Defined Contribution (DC) retirement account saving and their confidence in 401(k) and other DC plan accounts. Survey responses indicated that Americans value the discipline and investment opportunity that 401(k) plans represent and that individuals were largely opposed to changing the tax preferences or investment control in those accounts.

 
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Documentary Explores the World of Retirement Planning

Kim Blanton, Writer


Filmmaker Doug Orchard reminds us in “The Baby Boomer Dilemma: An Exposé on America’s Retirement Experiment,” that there are no easy solutions for Social Security, which economists predict will deplete its trust fund reserves around 2034.

 
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Social Security Planning

How to Show Couples the Hazards of Claiming Social Security Early

Ginger Szala, Executive Managing Editor of Investment Advisor Magazine


Since the elimination of file-and-suspend, a split Social Security claiming strategy is risky and doesn’t pay off for most couples. Claiming at 62 is inadvisable unless it’s necessary. Advisors need to understand Social Security claiming on several levels to find the best scenario for their clients.

 
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Why Claiming Social Security at 64 or 57 Could Be a Big Mistake

Michael Finke is a Professor and Frank M. Engle Chair of Economic Security at the American College of
Financial Services


The bonus retirees get from waiting to claim Social Security income benefits increases in two steps. These steps are a shortcut that results in differences as high as $10,000 in the incremental value of waiting an additional year to reach each new step. Claiming before the valuable step-years can be a costly mistake. Workers who claim at full retirement age lose a significant amount of wealth by not taking advantage of the most valuable 8% one-year step increase.

 
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Practice Management

FINRA Lays Out Reg. BI, Form CRS Shortcomings
and Success


In the first full year with the rules, the regulator found multiple areas where firms are missing the mark. A new FINRA analysis finds that the first full year of Reg. BI and Form CRS compliance was rife with instances of poorly written supervisory procedures, inadequate staff training and conflict of interest red flags.

 
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ASSUMED FEDERAL RATES (AFRs)

§7520 Rate for March is: 2.0%

Break down:

Assumed Federal Rates
 
Leimberg.com

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FINANCIAL FACTS OF THE MONTH

A Million Less

Source: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center™

In the fall of 2019 (pre-pandemic), 15.47 million undergraduates were enrolled in college. In the fall of 2021, 14.44 million undergraduates were enrolled.

nscresearchcenter.org
 

Bears Too

Source: BTN Research

In addition to stock “corrections,” the S&P 500 has suffered 7 “bears” in the last 50 years, i.e., declines of at least 20% from a previous closing high. The last S&P 500 “bear” was a 33.9% fall between 2/19/2020 and 3/23/2020, i.e., early during the global pandemic.

btnresearch.com
 

Declines Happen

Source: BTN Research

When the S&P 500 closed at 4327 on Thursday 1/27/2022, the stock index was down 9.7% from an all-time closing high of 4793 set just a month ago on 12/29/2021. A decline of 10% would be the index’s 21st tumble of at least 10% (but less than 20%) in the last 50 years but would be its 6th since 2015. Declines of at least 10% but less than 20% from a previous closing high are called “corrections.”

btnresearch.com
 

Legal Exclusion

Source: Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Employees that obtain health insurance coverage through their employer do not pay federal income taxes (or payroll taxes) on the economic benefit of that part of their health insurance that is paid for by the employer. The exclusion from taxation of this economic benefit saves US taxpayers $280 billion a year, the largest tax expenditure in the US tax code.

cbo.gov
 

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Oil Usage

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

The government predicted on 1/11/2022 that US oil production of crude oil will reach 12.4 million barrels a day in 2023, setting an all-time record high. US oil production was 11.8 million barrels a day as of the final week of calendar year 2021, the highest level achieved last year.

eia.gov
 

Pay Nothing

Source: Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

32% of the 148.2 million tax returns that were filed for tax year 2019 (the latest year for which data has been released) did not pay any federal income tax, a total of 46.7 million tax returns.

irs.gov
 

Top Ten and Everyone Else

Source: IRS

The top 10% of US taxpayers in tax year 2019 made at least $154,589 of adjusted gross income (AGI), received 47% of all AGI nationwide and paid 71% of all federal income tax (FIT) collected for the 2019 tax year. The bottom 90% of US taxpayers in tax year 2019 made less than $154,589 of AGI, received 53% of all AGI nationwide and paid 29% of all FIT collected for the 2019 tax year.

irs.gov
 

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ADVISOR TOOLS

2022 Federal Income Tax Guide

Our Tax Guide contains tax information such as:

  • Individual income tax rates
  • Estates and trusts tax rates
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2022 Social Security & Medicare Reference Guide

Our Reference Guide contains information such as:

  • Social Security income limits
  • Medicare Parts A-D deductibles and premiums
  • Medicare surtaxes and much more...

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REQUIREMENT UPDATES

State Updates

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FEATURED COURSE

The Advisor’s Guide to IRAs

The Advisors Guide to IRAs

According to the Investment Company Institute (ICI), as of the fourth quarter of 2019, IRAs have become the #1 retirement asset with $11.2 trillion of the overall $32.3 trillion in retirement savings (34%). For many Advisors, IRAs have become a major asset in their book of business. It is your fiduciary responsibility to become an IRA expert.

In order to assist you in becoming an IRA expert, this course has been developed to provide you with the most up-to-date information to assist your clients in contributing to an IRA, rolling over funds to an IRA, managing the IRA, and distributing IRA assets, as required by various sections in the Internal Revenue Code.

 
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