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State Income Taxes Updated for 2019 on TOTAL


by Alexander Long

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 The "Reset All State Tax Settings" will clear any custom or out-of-date state tax information and fill it with current information on record at Money Tree.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.


RMD Start Ages in TOTAL - 69, 70, or 71?


by Alexander Long

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:


Scheduled System Maintenance Window - Friday 2/8 at 6 PM PT


by Alexander Long

To ensure Money Tree is delivering the best online experience, there will be some brief scheduled maintenance starting about 6 PM PT on Friday 2/8. While this important work is performed, some software functions may be briefly unavailable. 


TOTAL - Report Calculation Overhaul


by Alexander Long

The development team here at Money Tree is overhauling the calculation engine used in TOTAL. These changes are affecting some report pages before others so that the development team can make all the necessary changes while still being able to regularly update the program for bug fixes and some new features.


State Income Tax Data Updated for 2018 - Now Available in TOTAL


by Carolyn Rothwell

State tax income tax information for 2018 is available now. 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 state tax resource providing updated rates each year, which is used to populate the state tax rates in TOTAL. A new option will be available in TOTAL's desktop edition to download the state tax data, which means this time-saving feature will be available for both the desktop and online edition. 


10-Year Cash Flow Detail - New Reports in TOTAL


by Carolyn Rothwell

New detailed cash flow reports are now available in TOTAL, allowing advisors to demonstrate year-by-year, line-by-line changes to income and expenses. The reports include a total age span of 10 years, broken into two reports each displaying a five year period.  The start age for the detailed cash flow reports defaults to client 1's retirement age and can be adjusted to start at any age


TOTAL - New Release Available Now


by Carolyn Rothwell

A new release of TOTAL is available now, featuring new detailed cash flow reports, allowing advisors to demonstrate year-by-year, line-by-line changes to income and expenses over a 10-year span. Learn about all the new features included in the latest release.  


Web Browser & Operating System Requirements for Online Editions


by Carolyn Rothwell

To ensure connectivity to the Online Editions of Money Tree's financial planning software, please take a moment to confirm your operating system and web-browser configuration meets the current requirements.


Top 50 Plan Changes to Explore Using TOTAL Online's What-If


by Carolyn Rothwell

TOTAL Online's What-If system is off to an impressive start. Advisors are jumping in, leveraging the new system to explore planning options, bring awareness to the significance of changing assumptions, and deliver transparency to the long-term impact of taking action.


Announcing TOTAL Online's Powerful What-If System


by Carolyn Rothwell

To help advisors explore trade-offs and find solutions with real-time results, we are excited to announce TOTAL Online's powerful What-If systemChange planning variables and see the impact on the client's retirement capital projection instantly. Engage clients and drive informed decisions by showing how choices made today and in the future dramatically alter their long-term financial situation with the What-If system.

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