Do You Need to Pay Taxes if You Are Only Collecting Social Security?

Q. My husband and I plan to retire when we turn 70 and hope to live the “American dream.” We have saved our whole life to be able to enjoy our summers up north and our winters in Florida. After decades of having Social Security … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Does the Tax Act Change Things for Seniors?

Dear Magic, I am working on my 2018 taxes now. I understand that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is in effect for this year's taxes. How does this tax reform affect U.S. citizens ages 65 and older? Any financial credits still available … [Read more...]

How Can You Reduce Your Capital Gains Taxes?

Diane, at age 80, resides in the home she has lived in for nearly 40 years. When she initially purchased the home after her husband’s death, it cost only $25,000 (and she since put in $45,000 in improvements); today it’s worth at … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Taxes in the DMV Area For Retirees

Dear Bebe, My husband and I live in our family home in Northern Virginia, and are both recently retired. What state exemptions and deductions are available for retirees? Could you also tell me about Maryland and DC, since we … [Read more...]

Internet Scams Targeting the Elderly

Q. My Aunt Julie was recently the victim of tax-related fraud. She explained what happened and I knew right away that it was a scam targeting the elderly. Someone claiming to be from the IRS called her and told her that she owed … [Read more...]

Is Social Security Taxable?

Q. I retired last year, and started receiving Social Security benefits. I am getting ready to do my taxes, and was wondering if I have to pay federal or state taxes on my Social Security income. My understanding was that Social … [Read more...]

How is the Virginia ABLE Act Affected by the Tax Overhaul?

Q. My sister Sophie is intellectually disabled, but has a knack for baking. She recently enrolled in cooking school to work towards her dream of becoming a pastry chef. My family has been assisting Sophie with her educational … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Will the New Tax Law Affect Healthcare?

Hi Bebe, I recently read your article about the new tax law. It didn't talk much about healthcare. Do you know how the tax overhaul will affect healthcare? Thanks for your help, Heath Kerr --- Dear Heath, The new … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Often Overlooked Tax Breaks for Seniors

Dear Ribbit, I read recently that Trump’s Tax Plan may eliminate the ability for seniors to deduct their medical expenses. That would certainly be a horrendous result, as my husband and I depend on that deduction. For future … [Read more...]

Tax Advantages and Overlooked Deductions for Retirees 

Q. April 15 is quickly approaching, and my husband and I are planning on doing our taxes soon. As retirees, I know that there must be some deductions that we may be overlooking. Of course, similar to most seniors on a fixed … [Read more...]