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Surgent's Social Security and Medicare: Planning for You and Your Clients

Thursday, December 2, 2021 8:00am - 4:00pm

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Social Security seems poised for changes in benefits and eligibility age. The leading edge of the baby boomer generation has already reached retirement age. Financial and tax planners can expect increased demand for strategies that dovetail Social Security with other retirement and estate planning objectives. This course provides tax and financial planning professionals with both the background information on the Social Security system and the strategies clients will need in dealing with Social Security, and the myriad other related retirement planning issues.

Objectives

  • Identify who is entitled to retirement benefits and in what amounts
  • Identify factors to consider in determining when to take benefits
  • Discuss taxation of Social Security benefits and how this impacts other income tax planning
  • Identify and describe the potential effects of retirement and estate planning strategies and tactics that can enhance overall retirement
  • Explain Medicare and the prescription drug provision; describe the basic supplementary insurance plans that are available to fill in the gaps in basic Medicare coverage

Instructors


Designed For

Practitioners who have clients contemplating receipt of Social Security


Highlights

  • Legislative developments
  • A full chapter devoted to determining the best planning options for maximizing joint Social Security benefits
  • Retirement benefits: Amount of benefits in various circumstances; how the amounts are distributed within the family unit
  • Qualification: Has the client retired? How business entities may be used for Social Security advantage
  • Income taxation of Social Security: avoidance tactics
  • Spousal benefits: Should a spouse return to work? What benefits does a spouse have and when and how do they relate to benefits decisions by the client?
  • When can hiring the spouse increase overall benefits?  Why should both spouses qualify for survivor benefits?
  • Disability benefits
  • When to start Social Security benefits: Advantages and disadvantages at ages 62, 66, and 70
  • Coordinating benefits: Should you take Social Security first and higher-balance IRA distributions later, or take IRA balances first and enhanced Social Security benefits later?
  • Pensions: Distribution strategies; how to use the minimum distribution rules in concert with Social Security benefits
  • IRAs: Is it time to convert to a Roth?
  • Medicare, Part D prescription drugs: what retirees need to know

This event is currently not available for registration. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 405-841-3800 or email us at cpe@oscpa.com.

Instructors

Michael Frost

Mike Frost, CPA, is an associate and shareholder of MDA Professional Group, P.C. and has been with the Albertville office since 1989. Currently a tax partner, he specializes in all areas of income tax and small business consulting including but not limited to: business and individual income tax preparation and planning, estate and retirement planning, estate, gift, and trust tax preparation, small business consulting, Medicare planning and other elder care, audit representation, religious groups and clergy.

Frost has conducted CPE engagements and seminars for the Alabama Society of Enrolled Agents and the Childcare Resource Network of Alabama and is an instructor for the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mike has served as technical advisor for tax articles for the Sand Mountain Reporter newspaper, and has been a regular on the public speaking circuit.

Mike graduated with "high honors and distinction" from Jacksonville State University with a major in accounting and a minor in finance and a 4.0 GPA. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Accountants Global Network, International. In addition, he is a graduate of the Tax Planning and Advising for Closely Held Businesses Certificate of Educational Achievement Program sponsored by the AICPA.

Mike is an ordained minister and pastor. He enjoys music, and is a vocalist in a local Christian band. He is also active in his community as an Albertville Rotarian. Mike resides in Albertville, Alabama with his wife, Kay, and two children, Dylan and Sarah.


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