Vaughn S. Hagen, CPA, PS
1015 Dupont Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Tel: (360) 671-6961
Fax: (360) 671-1482
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Investment Review

Maximize your after-tax return.

We can review your investment ideas with you and your investment advisor and make recommendations to maximize your after-tax return.

Don't ignore the impact of taxes on your investments. While taxes should not drive your investment strategy, understanding how taxes affect your earnings will help you minimize taxes and maximize your return. Consider these items:

Long-term capital gains and dividends carry a favored tax status. Consider putting more dollars in investments that give you dividends and long-term capital gains.

You can take an annual deduction of up to $3,000 of capital losses in excess of capital gains. Consider balancing your winners and losers to maximize this deduction each year.
Investments which produce high taxable annual income can be given to family members who are in lower tax brackets, thereby saving taxes for the overall family group.
Depending on your tax bracket, you may benefit from investing in municipal bonds.
Another area where taxes make a difference is in deciding which investments to keep in your tax-deferred accounts, such as a regular IRA or 401(k) plan, and which to keep in taxable accounts.

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  U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  USA Today - Top Money News
  Federal Reserve Bank of New York - interest rates on treasury bills and much more!
  Stock Quotes - Reuter's
  NASDAQ Exchange - stock quotes
  New York Stock Exchange
  American Association of Individual Investors (AAII)
  Daily Stocks - get quotes, charts, and SEC filings

For assistance with your investment concerns, contact us.


Vaughn S. Hagen, CPA, PS
1015 Dupont Street • Bellingham, WA 98225
Tel: (360) 671-6961
Fax: (360) 671-1482