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February 2018 Podcast Video, Financial Planning and Capital Market Update- By John Kvale

Hello and Welcome to our February 2018 Financial Planning and Capital Market Update!

If you are too busy to read, feel free to listen as we describe our post and thoughts in friendly podcast format.

February 2018 Video

Financial Planning Tip (s) –

Three Tax Savings Ideas you can do NOW for LAST Year’s (2017) TaxesUncle Sam

With the official kick off of Tax Season occurring some time in February … we are not sure what the “Official” start to Tax Season is, but we know it is sometime in February if not earlier .. haha

In an yet to be completed series – we still have two more parts, the first Three were let out of the box this month …. Let’s quickly review!

HSA or Health Savings Account

Our post here, speaks of the terrific opportunity to set aside Pre-Tax dollars to use now or later for medical expenses. In true Reach Back Tax Savings form, this contribution can be made now for last years taxes.

Be Careful though, you must make the contribution by the regular filing deadline i.e. No extensions to get the benefit applied to last year.

As mentioned above this account does not have to be used completely and can be delayed for highly likely future medical needs.

A handy trick we have used over the years when an employer makes some type of a contribution is to remind participants that in most cases you can make up the difference and get a tax savings.

Check with your Health Insurance Carrier to see if you qualify for an HSA contribution. If you do, we highly recommend you make the contribution.

SEP – Simplified Employee Pension

This beefed up IRA is another super Reach Back Tax Saver and the contribution can be made as late as your extended filing deadline.

The SEP offsets income that make come to you as non W-2. Think consulting, temporary work, as side business that generates income to you directly or any non W-2 regular pay.

As mentioned in our Post Here, there are very high limits of contribution, and the SEP can be done during mandated RMD’s, as well as in tangent with a 401k program, as long as the upper limits collectively of contribution are not violated.

Pre-Tax Deductible IRA

As the one of the original retirement vehicles and so vintage many forget (We Don’t!) we want to remind here in our post about the IRA – Individual Retirement Account.

Notice our careful heading of Pre-Tax Deductible IRA – We are not fans of the after tax IRA (contributing and not getting a write off) and in most case recommend you pass if you cannot deduct the contribution.

There are more limits to a Pre-Tax Deductible IRA under current tax laws, again be sure to see our post for limits and restrictions, but if you qualify, it is worth the savings as this is another “Reach Back Tax” saving idea.

Like the HSA, contributions must be made by the regular filing date- extensions do not  help you. So do not wait until the last minute.

Capital Market Comments

Finding our Footing After Getting Ahead of Ourselves

In a coincidental oddity, we had been putting the finishing touches on a post prior to the ugly 10% FAST FAST correction that occurred in late January and February.

In our post here, we spoke on where we may get back on trend- No one knows, of course, but simple logic of an unsustainable path was our analysis.

We think patience is needed as this will take time to digest and again find our footing.

Patience will be needed!

Here is where we are now — Our Trend line is looking pretty good – So Far.

3-1-18 SPX W JK trendline


We will keep watch and keep you updated!

Have a Great Day! Talk to you at the end of March!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.

Tax Savings Ideas You Can Do NOW To Save Last Year (2017) Taxes – Part 2 – THE SEP – Simplified Employee Pension

Last week we started our tax season discussions here (- the HSA) with a favorite “Last Year” tax savings ideas that can be done this year …

This week another super saving idea … Think of this as an IRA on steroids – due to high limits and ample flexibility!

The SEP – Simplified Employee Pensionseptember-706937__340

Here are just a few reasons why we love the SEP for the correct situation:

  • Offset 1099 or other consulting like – non W-2 income in a pre-tax form
  • An IRA can be used to accept a SEP contribution in many cases – no new account needed
  • Can be used in conjunction with a 401k – Only need 1099 income – High Contribution limits apply
  • High Maximum Deferral amount $54k – yes that is correct FIFTY FOUR THOUSAND of pre-tax dollars as long as that is no more than 25% of Adjusted Gross Income
  • Can make SEP contributions even after RMD (Required Minimum Distributions) Begin
  • Can make your contribution even after the regular tax deadline if you file an extension – This really makes a SEP valuable and give us plenty of time to make the contribution again for LAST year’s tax savings

There are certain limitation and restrictions as mentioned, so don’t just make a contribution unless you are sure it will work for you … or just reach out to us!

Have a Great “SEP” Tax Savings Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.

The SEP – Simplified Employee Pension – A Favorite Tax Deductible plan !

This week we bring you another tax strategy that may save you extra dollars, while not mandatory (or even recommended) before the end of the year – we thought it would go well with our year end tax savings series.

Recently in our end of the year tax strategies, we discussed the HSA ,visited Pushing Income , Optimizing Donations, and IRA Distribution, and the Roth Conversion  to maximize your tax deductions. This weeks topic is the SEP or Simplified Employee Pension !

If you have Non W-2 income, think consulting SEP IRAincome – a SEP can be used to make a deductible contribution against that income! 


  • Offsets Non-W-2 income
  • Can set aside 25% of the adjusted income – after expenses
  • High maximum of $53k in 2015 – careful with other plan integration- see next
  • Can be integrated with other plans- upper limits still exist
  • Invested in almost any asset – think of it as a super IRA because of the higher amount of contributions

Check with your tax professional or ask your tax software provider to “Maximize deductions” … Not to worry, we will remind again during tax season!!

Any questions– just reach out- we will be glad to help!

Have a Great — Less Taxable — Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

8222 Douglas Ave # 590
Dallas, TX 75225