From the Desk of Dale Crossley and Evan Shear

We hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and well. For our last 2021 edition of The Journey, you’ll find helpful articles on Medicare open enrollment, Social Security increases and a delicious chicken cacciatore recipe. We'd like to wrap up the year with last-minute tax and Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) reminders and a bit about the recently passed infrastructure bill. 

Before the year ends, it’s a good time to make sure that you’ve set yourself up properly from a tax standpoint for 2022. Check with us to see if you can benefit from tax-loss harvesting which is selling a losing investment to offset gains. It’s also important to pay attention if you’re at or near the next tax bracket. If so, we can discuss ways that you can reduce taxable income now as the year comes to an end. We also want to remind you of RMDs for 2021. Last year, there was a special RMD waiver due to the CARES Act, but that’s no longer the case. If you are 72 or older as of December 31, 2021, please remember to take your RMD by year-end to avoid a penalty (if you are turning 72 in 2021 and this is your first RMD, you have until April 1, 2022). To read about all these year-end strategies in detail, we've included Make Your Final Tax-Saving Moves Before Dec. 31 in our newsletter.

As we close out 2021, we also want to acknowledge the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Bill that just passed. The $1.2 trillion bill will fund the building and repairing of roads, bridges, railroads, and ports, as well as make broadband investments throughout the country. If the reconciliation budget comes through in December, which remains to be seen, building and infrastructure initiatives in America will be greater than experienced during the New Deal era. These projects will not begin overnight, so most effects on the economy and investments will be beyond 2022. 

The second part of the original bill supports social infrastructure such as healthcare, childcare and housing. The Build Back Better Act proposes an additional $1.2 trillion in spending totaling $3 trillion for both packages. Both sides are still not in agreement on this additional bill. As 2022 begins, we’ll be hearing much commentary on how these bills might influence the economy moving forward. To read more about these bills, we’re sharing the article America has an infrastructure bill. What happens next?

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