On-Demand Webinar, "Last Minute Tax Moves: What Advisors Need to Know"

Covisum is hosting a free webinar on December 5 at 11:00 a.m. Central Time where advisors can learn how to optimize year-end tax opportunities for clients. Your clients have until the end of the year to harvest from an IRA, execute a Roth conversion, or take a capital loss. Join Joe Elsasser, CFP®, President and Founder of Covisum for this timely discussion. 

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Posted in Webinar, On-Demand Webcast, Taxes, Tax, Joe Elsasser, Tax Clarity

Knowledge Base: Frequently Asked Questions About Tax Clarity

Q: What does the gray portion of the Tax Map represent?

A: The gray portion of the Tax Clarity® Tax Map represents the effective marginal rate (EMR). If you are looking at the “Rate on the next dollar of ordinary income” map, the software indicates at each ordinary income dollar (i.e. IRA distribution, pensions, earned income, etc.) how that ordinary income dollar and other income (Social Security, capital gains, self-employment, etc.) will be taxed. In other words, the software assesses

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Posted in Tax Clarity, Taxes, Tax Map

Hidden Value: Beware the Social Security Tax Torpedo

Hidden Value is a new column in ThinkAdvisor where Joe Elsasser, CFP®, answers common questions with insights advisors and their clients may not have considered. This week he discusses how combinations of different retirement incomes can create ugly distortions in tax rates. 

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Posted in ThinkAdvisor, Hidden Value, Joe Elsasser, Taxes, Retirement, Tax Clarity

A closer look at the new Tax Clarity updates: dependent tax credit

Posted on June 26, 2018

At the beginning of April, Covisum rolled out four new features to the Tax Clarity® software. The new dependent tax credit feature allows advisors to demonstrate the impact of the revised dependent tax credit, including for dependents over the age of 16

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Posted in New Features, Tax Law, New Tax Law, Taxes, Tax Clarity, Tax Map

A closer look at the new Tax Clarity updates: pass-through deduction

Posted on June 07, 2018

At the beginning of April, Covisum rolled out four new features to the Tax Clarity® software. The new pass-through deduction feature is particularly important for advisors with certain clients who own small businesses. The update allows advisors to demonstrate the impact of the deduction for pass-through income and the phase-out of the deduction under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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Posted in FinancialPlannng, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Taxes, Blog, In The News, Tax, Tax Clarity, Tax Reform

Financial Planning highlights survey that suggests consumers want an advisor with tax knowledge

Posted on May 31, 2018

A recent article in Financial Planning highlighted a report from 1st Global that suggests the top priority among affluent and emerging affluent consumers when choosing a financial advisor is tax knowledge. 

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Posted in Taxes

On-Demand Webinar, "Tax Law 2018: What Advisors Need to Know"

Do you have clients who don’t understand the relationship between ordinary and capital incomes? If you do, they could be on their way to potentially significant tax inefficiency in their retirement strategy.

Recently, President of Covisum Joe Elsasser, CFP®, RHU®, REBC® and Dave Cechanowicz, JD, MSFS, AIF® AEP and Senior Financial Planner with REDW Stanley hosted a webinar discussing how to capitalize on opportunities from the change in the tax law. The webinar was written about in "

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

ThinkAdvisor: 4 Tips for Navigating Clients’ Tax Questions

Yesterday, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, RHU®, REBC® and President of Covisum and Dave Cechanowicz, JD, MSFS, AIF® AEP and Senior Financial Planner with REDW Stanley hosted a free webinar discussing how to capitalize on opportunities from the change in the tax law. ThinkAdvisor attended and provided this summary article, "4 Tips for Navigating Clients' Tax Questions."

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Posted in ThinkAdvisor, New Tax Law, Retirement Planning, Tax Law, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Taxes, Joe Elsasser, Financial Planning, Webinar, Tax Clarity, In The News

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

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