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Through intensive study, Jim has become an expert in working with IRAs and other retirement plans.  In addition, Jim has taken the extra steps to become an Enrolled Agent, which means that he is enrolled to practice before the IRS.  Adding to these specialties, Jim is an expert in ... more

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Double, Double, Toil And Trouble
Did you know that if you don’t pay close attention, you could be paying tax a second time on an inherited IRA – if the original owner’s estate paid estate tax.
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Should You Take Or Postpone Your First RMD?
In the first year that you’re required to start taking Required Minimum Distributions from your IRAs and other retirement plans, you have a decision to make: Should you take the RMD during the first year, or should you delay it to the following year?
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401(k) – Good For Many, But Not Necessarily The Employee
The 401(k) plan is one of the places that the average Joe Employee is not well-served – in ways you don’t realize.
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5 Tactics For Required Minimum Distributions
So – you’ve reached that magic age, 72 (used to be 70½), and now you’ve got to begin taking the dreaded Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from your various retirement accounts.
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Level Payment Pension Plan Option
When you approach retirement, if you’re fortunate enough to have worked in a job that provides a pension plan, you are faced with a decision: what type of payout should you choose?
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When It Pays To Switch From Disability To Early Social Security
There’s at least one circumstance in the Social Security retirement benefits world where it seems you can have your cake and eat it too.
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Don’t Forget The Saver’s Credit On Your Tax Return
Did you realize that there is a saver’s credit available to you for your contributions to retirement plans? There are income limits, but this type of credit can be exactly what you need to get you started on your retirement savings activities.

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Blankenship Financial Planning, Ltd.
January 2003 - Present (18 years 9 months)

Financial advisory service, providing advice on all facets of individual and small business finances. Compensated on an hourly or project basis, much like an attorney. As a result, there are no minimums in terms of net worth or salary in order to work with me. This can also assure you will have "no doubts" when working with me - you pay only for objective advice, not investment or insurance products.

Education

Eureka College
B.S.
1981 / 1985
Computer Science

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