2019 state tax income tax information is now available. If you plan with TOTAL, Money Tree's in-depth financial planning software, it's standard practice to ensure the state tax rates are entered for all of the states your clients reside in and the rates are up-to-date each year. The Tax Foundation is an excellent resource for 2019 state tax rates.
Both our online and desktop versions of TOTAL include a feature allowing Money Tree to populate the tax information for all states in the program's settings. In the State Tax Settings section of each program there are inputs to adjust the tax data for each state. The "Reset All State Tax Settings" will clear any custom or out-of-date state tax information and fill it with current information on record at Money Tree.
In Online edition of TOTAL there is the "Allow Money Tree to Update State Tax" checkbox. If that box is checked, then Money Tree will automatically update the state tax information once per year, shortly after the information is updated.
This year, Money Tree will update the state tax information for all electing users one week from the posting of this blog: Tuesday, May 14.
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In TOTAL there are 3 possible ages that RMDs appear on reports: 69, 70, or 71. This start age is dependent on the date the report is generated and the individual's date of birth. It can be difficult to explain how these situations arise without first looking at how report years work in TOTAL:
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With the new year, the IRS has released its adjustments to taxes in 2019. No major laws were passed affecting 2019 earnings or deductions; the IRS only made standard adjustments to index for inflation. Since the changes were much simpler, updating to reflect the changes has proven to be quicker this year. Both Silver and TOTAL are now updated to reflect these adjustments.
Annuities in TOTAL are typically represented as either Tax-Deferred Assets or as Other Income. Adding annuities to a plan is easy and even complex annuities can be modeled with TOTAL’s powerful features.
With the newest version of TOTAL Desktop advisors are now able to open a retirement projection graph during data entry. This graph allows advisors to actively see how each change affects a scenario.
Redtail is integrated into Silver Online. Advisors get client planning details directly from their Redtail data. Create entirely new planning clients from Redtail, or updates existing client plans.
Advisors often call in with questions about how to recognize RMD's in their financial planning software. Each program calculates RMD's, with their own ways of displaying.
In the article provided, Money Tree Software president Mark Snodgrass goes over the various RMD rules for a variety of retirement plan types and where to go in each program to see those distributions.
By Mark Snodgrass