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What to do if you owe taxes

I sat down with Mark Gruba at News 8 (WROC-TV) this morning to discuss your options if you owe money to the IRS. Check out my interview at http://www.rochesterfirst.com and be on the lookout for more interviews in the future.

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Employee Benefits Update: October/November 2015

This issue’s topics include: Be careful what you toss: Plan record retention requirements Year end notices: Staying on top of the requirements Survey says…Poll highlights what participants think they know When electronic disclosure isn’t enough under ERISA Click Here to Download

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Posted in Employee Benefit Plans

Employee Benefits Update: August/September 2015

This issue’s topics include: 401(k) rollovers: How rollovers to your plan can benefit everyone DOL reproposes ERISA fiduciary investment advice regulations Are you insured? Fiduciary liability insurance can help when problems arise Court finds that plan document trumps beneficiary designation

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Posted in Employee Benefit Plans

Employee Benefits Update: February/March 2015

This issue’s topics include: Navigating ERISA’s comprehensive plan document disclosure rules IRS checklist offers a convenient compliance self-checkup Who are functional fiduciaries? Appeals court holds service provider not a plan fiduciary 2014 vs. 2015 retirement plan limits Click Here to Download

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Employee Benefits Update: Year End 2014

This issue’s topics include: What you need to know about ADP/ACP discrimination testing Are you offering a Roth 401(k) plan option yet? 401(k) plan automatic enrollment: A winning formula Help participants avoid an inappropriate IRA rollover Click Here to Download As

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Employee Benefits Update: October/November 2014

This issue’s topics include: Target Date Funds and Fiduciary Duty: Examine your TDFs’ glide paths to ensure suitability ESOPs facing tougher scrutiny by regulators and courts Are your 401(k) plan administrative fees allocated equally? DOL sets 2015 regulatory agenda  

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Estate Planning Tip: Naming Your Spouse as Trustee

When setting up a trust, your first instinct might be to name your spouse as the trustee. Just be aware that without proper planning, naming your spouse as the trustee may cause tax and administration difficulties down the road. If

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Posted in Business Updates, Estate Planning

Estate Planning Tip: Planning for Couples in a Second Marriage

There are many factors to plan and consider when preparing for marriage, especially if you have been married before. In a second marriage situation, it is important to discuss with your estate planning team exactly how estate taxes will be

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Posted in Business Updates, Estate Planning

Estate Planning Tip: Planning for Estate Taxes and Income Taxes on Business Earnings

When creating a trust to hold a business interest it is important to determine where the money will come from to pay the income taxes associated with the profits of the business allocated to the trust. Sometimes the trust instrument

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