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ESPlanner recommends life insurance when needed. I have two questions:
1. What if a person can not obtain life insurance due to medical problems? Would it be possible to have a election to turn off the life insurance computation?

First Scenario: (Own Property 1, will sell in 2017-- no problem there). Will purchase Property 2 in 2017. For Property 2 under Current Market Value, I have $300,000. Under future mortage information: I put 100% under (I have that it will never be sold).

when I have income from a severance package that exceed my needs

I've properly input all my financial data to accurately reflect my circumstances - except I cannot figure out one thing. What is the best way to model a recurring income stream from an S corporation?

Is there a way to enter my data from Maximize My Social Security account
to my ESPlanner Pro program. I have an adult child on my SSA to add into
the ESP program

In the case study "Convert Your IRA to a Roth!", it says to withdraw $300000 from the IRA and contribute $300000 to the Roth. Wouldn't the amount contributed to the Roth be less than the withdrawal due to taxes on the withdrawal?

Tags: health care

Recently retired. What are best options to handle huge jump (500%) in health care premiums? Not eligible for Medicare for several years. Is putting them in special expenditures best?

How does ESPlanner calculate New Jersey State Income Taxes? The amount does not equal the calculator provided by NJ.


We have an assumed rate of return on our investment assets at 4% (inflation at 2.5%). How does the software compute our investment balances moving forward? Is it compounded annually? We re-enter our balances at the beginning of each year. Note too that Monte Carlo is turned off.

Both my domestic partner of 16 years and I plan to take our respective Social Security Divorcee Ex-Spousal Benefits starting this year from age 66-70 while letting our own retirement benefits grow 8% a year until age 70.

Maximize My Social Security recommends this strategy. I read your suggestion about modeling it using special receipts and expenses, but that is very clumsy.

Is there a PV calculation reported for total discretionary spending? For example, in the max social security product the report provides a PV of the social security payments for the strategy (and what-if). This is a convenient means to compare different strategies.

Tags: Pensions

The federal gov't pension includes a COLA (just like social security). When inputting the pension information I enter the degree of inflation index amount equal to the inflation number entered in assumptions.

Tags: report

When I create a report it provides a comment to go to "Help-Customize" to start the plan on a different date. However, the Help drop-down menu only allows for: User Manual; Support; View Release Notes; and About. I give up. I am using release 2.32.2

Tags: earnings, wages

From the help: "Enter wages gross of employee contributions to retirement accounts. (Enter those contributions under Retirement Accounts.) Enter wages net of (excluding) all other non-taxable employee payments, like contributions to health plans."

I am a military retiree with a 20% disability. For purposes of this question, assume that: annual military retirement is $80,000; $3,200 of the $80,000 is for disability; Federal taxes exclude disability ($80,000 - $3,200); New Jersey does not tax military retirement.

This situation applies to both subject matters, but I'll just give specific examples using "Retirement Accounts" tab in the spreadsheet output by the program.

Happy New Year!
Thanks for your great support for this indispensable program.

Tags: 529

I have two 529's setup for my kids. I have enough for 6-7 years of college and was planning on taking the last 1-2 years out of savings, instead of putting more into the 529. When I run ESPlanner, it suggests I add to the 529 for the next 5 years. How do I get around this?

Tags: end of year

A few users have asked me about the end of the year adjustments needed in ESPlanner. I'll list what I can recall off hand, but perhaps others will have reminders as well that they can add to this thread.


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