Saturday, December 21, 2019

Sweeping Changes to Retirement and Required Minimum Distributions (RMD)

One of the biggest changes to RMD and tax planning in the last 20 years is now going into effect on Jan 1, 2020.  This is part of the SECURE act passed this week.

We will be hosting a workshop on January 21, 2020 at the Perry Hall MD Library to review all the details of this dramatic change.


So, if you turn 70 1/2 by the end of 2019, you will need to start taking RMDs for 2019. The first one needs to come out by April 1, 2020. 

However, if you turn 70 1/2 after Jan. 1, 2020, you now won’t be required to take an RMD for 2020. In fact, no one will be required to take a 2020 RMD based on turning 70.5 in 2020 or turning 72 in 2020

Expect new life expectancy tables for 2021 and beyond.  This will not have an impact for tax years 2019 or 2020. Again, these are the tables used to calculate your RMD for your DEC 31 retirement balances.  We will have more clarity on this for 2021, but the changes are certain.  

These changes, along with the 2018 income tax changes are the most sweeping of the past two decades.  It will erase a lot of financial and tax planning.  

On top of this, we will no longer be able to have the benefit of stretch IRA accounts in estate planning.  This will make billions for the Treasury, but put a hefty burden on your beneficiaries.  

Please contact our offices in West Chester, Wilmington DE, or White Marsh MD for additional information.   
Mark your calendar for our January 21 workshop. Space is limited. 

Press Contact:  B. Michael Shanley  (610) 515-5800  

*Information contained herein is not tax or financial advise. Please consult your advisor for your specific situation. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Special Workshops for GM White Marsh Workers

"We have seen these types of cuts all over the I-95 corridor in the past 5 years" said B. Michael Shanley, President of the Brandywine Advisors Group, LLC   It started in Wilmington with the DuPont/Dow buyouts, and now is affecting those working at the General Motors Plant in White Marsh, Maryland.  GM announced in November of the cuts in this plant, as well as other in the US and Canada.
Workers will face big decisions about buyouts, layoffs, health care, Social Security, among other issues like relocation and job training.

Brandywine Advisors Group will offer several small workshops at the White Marsh Public Library this February and March.  Any family that would like to discuss your options with a professional team of advisors, tax experts, retirement income planning experts please call our office at (410) 515-5800.  We will be posting the dates of the workshops shortly, but we can help anybody in need sooner.  There is no charge for the consultation, and we are happy to explore your concerns.

We understand your anxiety over all the sudden decisions that you will need to make.  Our team has worked with many families that have gone through this same process.

You can request a meeting by calling or go to  for an appointment request.  We hope that whatever road you travel, that you have a smooth ride and enjoy the sights along the way.

Our White Marsh office is located across from the Public Library and a few miles from the GM plant.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

IRS and Tax Filing Update During Government Shutdown

Here is the most recent information we have during this partial government shutdown.  We do not have the schedule of updated tax software.  Please go to the IRS website for more up-to-date information.

The IRS Will Accept E-Filed Tax Returns on Jan. 28
Despite the partial government shutdown, the IRS announced that they will begin accepting and processing individual tax returns on Jan. 28, 2019.

Read more about this announcement on
The IRS Plans to Issue Refunds as Scheduled
In addition, the IRS announced recently that refunds would go out even if a partial government shutdown persisted. Please remember, it can take up to 21 days  to get a refund from the IRS after you file the return.

Some IRS Operations Remain Limited
In addition, the IRS announced on Jan. 15 that while some of its operations will be operating as normal, others will be limited during the appropriations lapse:
  • The IRS processes for refund fraud detection and ID theft prevention will continue to operate as normal.
  • Automated systems, such as Where’s My Refund, will remain operational.
  • While in-person assistance locations will remain closed, IRS will be bringing staff back to answer phones, but at a reduced level that may increase wait times.
We hope that if you have any questions, please call Tabatha at 410-515-5800 for your tax return appointment today.   Join B. Michael Shanley on Feb 7 and 12 at the White Marsh Library for a very important workshop on Taxes in Retirement.  Seating is limited, please call for reservation today.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Tax Time and Workshops - White Marsh Maryland

We welcome in 2019 with some new changes to our team and locations!  We have completed the purchase of Accurate Business Services in White Marsh, Maryland.  This adds another level of professional skills and services to all clients.  Bill and Donna Feehley decided it was time to retire, and Michael was looking for a great team of tax and bookkeeping professionals.  The Brandywine Advisors Group will now have a full tool box to assist families, business owners, and start-up businesses.  The focus will be tax planning and preparation, payroll and bookkeeping, valuation, and new company formations.  The group is also focused on retirement planning with key strategies for capital preservation and lifetime guaranteed income.  Going forward, the team can now offer a one-stop financial services platform.  This platform is what clients have asked for as retirement and taxes become more complicated and confusing.
Kicking off the year with three workshops at the White Marsh Public Library for important information on Taxes in Retirement.  Baby boomers are hitting the "tax torpedo" without any warning!  Your host, B. Michael Shanley will discuss the options, the strategies, and the long term plan for lower taxes, higher yields, and lifetime financial security.  Dates are for January 14, February 7 and 12.  Seating is limited, reservation required.

Please call (410) 515-5800 for your reservation today.

Have a very blessed 2019 and we look forward to seeing you soon!