The Investment Center

Thomas M. Scharf, CFP®

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LTCI Cost of Waiting

Estimate the potential cost of waiting to purchase a long-term care insurance policy.

Cost of Retirement

Use this calculator to estimate how much income and savings you may need in retirement.

Retirement Plan Early Distribution

Estimate how much would remain after paying income taxes and penalties if you took an early distribution from a retirement plan.

Federal Income Tax

This calculator can help you estimate your annual federal income tax liability.

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Tax Season Never Ends for the Self-Employed

Making accurate quarterly tax payments on schedule can help avoid interest penalties for underpayment.

HOT TOPIC: Last-Minute Legislation: 2014 Tax Extenders

50 temporary tax provisions for 2014 became law with less than 2 weeks left in the tax year; will any affect you?

Coming to Terms with Long-Term-Care Needs

Some people mistakenly assume Medicare or private health insurance will pay for long-term care if it becomes necessary.

Tax Tips for Tying the Knot

Some tax issues and other financial considerations to keep in mind when making the transition to married life.

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