Top tips for filing your 2017 tax return

By: Kevin McCormally

All the hoopla about the tax law signed by President Trump can obscure a sneaky little secret: The rules pertaining to the 2017 tax return you’re working on now are almost exactly the same as they were before Congress gave us the biggest tax overhaul in more than 30 years. Although 41 percent of respondents to a recent poll thought otherwise, almost all of the changes, including... READ MORE

Reporting a tax-free transfer from your IRA to charity

By: Kimberly Lankford

Question: I have to take a $20,000 required minimum distribution from my Vanguard IRA this year. I’d like to give $5,000 tax-free to a charity and withdraw the remaining $15,000 for myself. A Vanguard rep said it would send me a check for $15,000 payable to me as well as a $5,000 check made payable to the charity that I could forward. The rep said that at the end of the year it would... READ MORE