Tax law 2018: what financial advisors need to know

Covisum is hosting a free webinar on January 30 at 11 a.m. Central where advisors can learn how to capitalize on opportunities from the change in the tax law. Hear from Joe Elsasser, CFP®, RHU®, REBC® and President of Covisum and Dave Cechanowicz, JD, MSFS, AIF® AEP and Senior Financial Planner with REDW Stanley, in this must-attend webinar.

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Posted in Tax, Tax Clarity, Tax Map, Tax Reform, Webinar, Financial Planning, Joe Elsasser, Taxes, Retirement Planning, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Tax Law, New Tax Law

Join us for a live demonstration of Tax Clarity

Covisum's mission is to improve lives through better decisions. Advisors and financial institutions rely on us to help them guide their clients to make the best financial decisions. That's why we create software and reports that visually illustrate the value of a good decision. Advisors can quickly recognize and identify opportunities to save their clients from leaving significant money on the table.  

Learn more about how we can support you and your business at one of our upcoming live

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PLANADVISOR: Achieving ‘Tax Clarity’ on Retirement Income Is Possible in 2018

On Friday, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, president of Covisum spoke with PLANADVISOR's John Manganaro about the tax landscape looking into 2018, the updates we've made to Tax Clarity and what advisors should do to make the most of the changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  

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Posted in In The News, Tax Clarity, Tax Map, Grow your business, Taxes, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Tax Law, New Tax Law

Covisum updates Tax Clarity software to reflect  Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changes

Advisors can now answer clients' biggest question in the New Year: "How will the new tax law affect me?"

Advisors and financial institutions rely on us to help them guide their clients to make the best financial decisions. Advisors who are struggling to quantify all the implications of the new 500-page Tax Cuts and Jobs Act can gain insight into unseen opportunity to add dollars to a retirement plan with the newly updated Tax Clarity tool. Advisors can now confidently perform tax

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Posted in Tax, Tax Clarity, Tax Map, Taxes, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Tax Law, New Tax Law

The 5-minute triage: learn quickly if IRA deduction is double dipping

Contributed by Joe Elsasser, CFP®, President 

For many middle income people approaching retirement, a common question is whether to contribute to a traditional IRA or to a Roth IRA. Often, the rationale for contributing to the Roth or forgoing an IRA contribution altogether is that the client’s tax bracket in retirement is likely to be the same or potentially higher than it is now.  Unfortunately, this shortcut often misses the point. The client should be concerned less with the tax bracket

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Posted in Tax, Tax Clarity, Tax Map, IRA

Follow the Tax Map to find clients nontaxable income

Posted on July 26, 2017

Imagine showing a prospect how to harvest $11,000 IRA income with no tax. Or a client how to harvest $67,500 of capital gain with no tax. Our “Practical Uses for Tax Clarity” video shows how simple it is.

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Posted in Software Programs, Tax, Tax Clarity, Tax Map, video

Live Software Demonstrations for Financial Advisors

Posted on June 12, 2017

Join us for a live demonstration of our software

Covisum provides financial advisors with software, training and support to deliver retirement income plans that improve the lives of clients by facilitating better retirement decisions. 

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Posted in Covisum Team, Social Security, Social Security Timing, Tax Clarity, Tax Map, Training, Support

Charting the retirement course on Covisum's Tax Map

Posted on May 23, 2017

Case Study: The Real Tax System

John and Jane are married and will be filing jointly. They are both over 65 years old. They have $50,000 in combined Social Security assets, $15,000 of net long-term capital gains, and $25,000 in IRA distributions.

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Posted in Retirement, Tax, Tax Clarity, Tax Map, case study

Covisum featured in InvestmentNews

Posted on May 11, 2017

Retirement taxes are not for sissies

Opportunities abound for advisers schooled in tax-efficient withdrawals

Covisum's president, Joe Elsasser, was quoted in InvestmentNews. Here's an excerpt:

"Taxes are a critical piece in retirement planning, yet most financial advisers avoid discussing the topic for several reasons," writes Joe Elsasser, founder of Covisum, a training and software company that helps advisers create retirement income plans through smart Social Security claiming

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Posted in Tax, Tax Clarity, Tax Map, Tax Reform

How deductions and exemptions can snowball

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