Schedule Annual Client Review Meetings

We are well into February, and we’ve reached the perfect time of year to schedule annual reviews for your clients who are still working. There are some opportunities for clients with earned income to clean-up before April 15. One of the most basic ways is through IRA contributions. You can use Tax Clarity® to identify opportunities where IRA contributions can be used to reduce the amount of taxable capital gains.

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Posted in Tax Clarity, Tax Map, Taxes, Blog, Tax, Technology, Financial Planning

2018 Tech Tools for Today Software Survey

 
 
If you're a subscriber to Social Security Timing ®, Tax Clarity ®, or SmartRisk TM, we would love to hear your feelings about the software.  Recently, Bob Veres and Joel Bruckenstein created a survey of all of the software programs in the financial planning space. We would really appreciate it if you would consider completing the survey. 
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Posted in Tax Clarity, SmartRisk, Social Security Timing, Software Programs, FinTech, Technology, Tech

"Last Minute Tax Moves" Webinar Now Available for On-Demand Viewing

Your clients have until the end of the year to harvest from an IRA, execute a Roth conversion, or take a capital lossRecently, President and Founder of Covisum, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, hosted a webinar about optimizing year-end tax opportunities for clients. The webinar is now is now available for on-demand viewing. Watch the webinar when and where it's convenient for you. 

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Posted in Webinar, Joe Elsasser, Taxes, Tax, Tax Clarity, Tax Map

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

Technology Tools for Today: Covisum Tools Make It Easy

Covisum tools make it easy to provide Social Security advice, model future tax situations and give more realistic estimates of downside portfolio risk

Recently, Bob Veres spoke with Covisum Founder and President, Joe Elsasser, CFP®. Here's the recap published in Technology Tools for Today.

Why does Covisum focus on providing tools for financial advisors who specialize in pre-retirement and retirement planning?
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Posted in In The News, Joe Elsasser, Tax Clarity, Social Security Timing, SmartRisk, financial advisor, Advisor

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, FAQ

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

Tax Clarity Flash Sale!

Posted on June 18, 2018

Following the changes brought on by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Tax Clarity® has been in very high demand. The recently updated software allows your clients to visualize the new tax landscape and make better decisions about which income streams to use at which points in retirement. Hundreds of the nation's top advisors have added Tax Clarity to their toolbox. Regular price is $79.99 per month or $800 per year, but for this week only, you can buy now at legacy pricing. 

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

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