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The Power of Estate Planning Documents

By Jim Hess, CEO, CPA   |  July 3, 2017

My wife, Margaret Ann, and I are walking through the season of life where caring for parents has become a significant responsibility. While it has been a blessing to journey with our parents through their latter stages of life, it has also taught us

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Morningstar Investment Conference 2017 Recap

By Chris Nadler, CTFA, Investment Advisor   |  July 3, 2017

In April, I attended the annual Morningstar investment conference in Chicago. The conference provides financial advisors and mutual fund representatives an opportunity to gather together and discuss current events in our industry. Global economic upd

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Baby Boom at Whitcomb & Hess!

July 3, 2017

The Whitcomb & Hess family grew by three new members this quarter! Please welcome:

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SEC Shortens Equity Trade Settlement Days

July 3, 2017

Impatient stock traders: rejoice! Effective September 5, 2017, the SEC will shorten the settlement period for purchase or sale of stocks (equities), bonds, and exchange traded funds (ETF’s). Currently, it takes 3 business days for these types o

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Investment Update

By Aaron Bates, CFP, Investment Advisor   |  July 3, 2017

2017 Q2In spite of many political twists and turns, stock and bond markets continued their winning ways in the second quarter of 2017. Stocks were led by international holdings despite troubling political headlines both in the United States and abroad

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Employee Spotlight: Tracy Wells

July 3, 2017

Many of you may already know Tracy Wells, who serves as one of our three Investment Advisor Representatives. Tracy has been with Whitcomb & Hess since 2011.

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June 2017 Market Insight

July 3, 2017

Resilience seems to be the keyword for the month of June. The month kicked off with stock markets reaching all-time highs, dropping down, and bouncing right back up to another new all-time high later in the month. Consistent with the pattern so far this year, US stocks, international stocks, and bonds continue to climb higher with strong momentum.

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Great Things are Happening in Ashland!

July 3, 2017

New Businesses, Upcoming Events, in the Community

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Five home office deduction mistakes

June 25, 2017

Here are five common mistakes of those who deduct home office expenses.

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Three actions to save for retirement

June 24, 2017

If you haven't started saving for retirement or you haven't saved enough, here are three actions you can take to put you in a better position during your golden years:

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Reap the benefits of hiring your child for the summer

June 23, 2017

Hiring your children to work in your business can be a win-win situation for everyone. Your kids will earn money, gain real-life experience in the workplace, and learn what you do every day. And you will reap a few tax benefits in the process.

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Tax-free income

June 22, 2017

Yes, that's correct, there are some forms of income you receive that may be tax-free. Here is a list of eight common sources of tax-free income.

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Children, taxes, and their new job

June 7, 2017

Is your child thinking about taking on a job for extra money this summer? If so, both of you may have questions about taxes. The following are a few tax tips to help you prepare.

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Midyear tax planning more important than ever

June 6, 2017

Summertime usually makes us think of vacations, backyard barbecues, and general relaxation. Tax planning may not be on the top of your summertime to do list, but this year you may want to consider making time for it.

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May 2017 Market Insight

June 1, 2017

Volatility in the market is at a multi-decade low. Even though the markets are buzzing with noise about political drama...

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4 tips to landing your dream home in a seller’s market

May 22, 2017

Here are some suggestions to landing your dream home in our current real estate market.

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Reasons to incorporate your business

May 22, 2017

Here are some reasons you may want to consider incorporating your growing business.

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Keep your audit fears in check

May 22, 2017

Getting audited by the IRS is no fun. However, your chances of being audited are probably lower than you think. A look at the latest IRS statistics for 2016 reveals some interesting and reassuring facts about the risk of an IRS audit.

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Take time to review your beneficiary designations

May 10, 2017

Who have you designated as beneficiaries for your insurance policies and retirement accounts? If you can't remember, it's worth checking. If you make the wrong decision, it could affect who inherits those assets. Here are some key facts about beneficiaries:

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Know the tax rules before gifting

May 9, 2017

Gift giving can be an important tax planning strategy. But before you write checks, learn the rules. Here are two of them:

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April 2017 Market Insight

May 2, 2017

April was another rip-roaring month, as almost every major stock index across the globe increased significantly. International companies continued to outperform their U.S. counterparts, as the MSCI World ex USA Index returned over 2.13% for the month...

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Schedule your midyear tax planning session

April 24, 2017

Most people don’t include tax planning on their summertime agenda, but maybe they should. The problem with waiting until the end of the year is that you reduce the time for planning strategies to take effect.

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What to do if you are selected for a correspondence audit

April 24, 2017

The IRS is now handling many routine audit reviews through form letters called correspondence audits. These letters come from the IRS and ask for clarification and justification of specific deductions on your tax return.

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IRS is now using collection agencies

April 24, 2017

The IRS is now using outside collection agencies to collect unpaid tax obligations. This new program will start slowly with only a few hundred taxpayers receiving mailings. The number will grow into the thousands later in the spring and into summer.

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Checking your withholding could be a smart move

April 6, 2017

If you received a large tax refund or owed a large balance on your 2016 income tax return, it may be time for you to check your withholdings.

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Do's and don'ts of amending your tax return

April 6, 2017

What happens when you discover you made a mistake on your 2016 return that you just filed? Before you decide if you should file an amended tax return, there are a few do's and don'ts you should know. First, don't panic, and second, don't ignore

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Health Savings Accounts: Now or Later


Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are a great savings tool for those with High-Deductible Health Insurance Plans (HDHP)*. HSAs allow people to build up tax-free savings for most out-of-pocket medical expenses, whether those expenses happen now or later.

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Social Security News

April 4, 2017

The Social Security Administration announced earlier this year that they will be mailing out fewer Social Security Statements. Only people age 60 and over will receive annual statements in the mail.

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Rising Rates: What You Need to Know and Why

By Chris Nadler, CTFA, Investment Advisor   |  April 4, 2017

On March 15, 2017, the Federal Reserve Bank made the decision to increase the target range for the Federal Funds Interest Rate to between 0.75%-1.00%. To start, what is the Federal Funds Interest Rate?

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Meet Beau Carpenter, CPA

April 4, 2017

We'd like to introduce you to Beau Carpenter, CPA.

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