Sarah Mahaffa, CFP®
Sr. Wealth Advisor and
Manager of Financial Planning
Life is full of major decisions that may cause one to feel overwhelmed and as a result, those decisions may get put on the back burner. My passion is to understand what is truly important to my clients, educate them on relevant strategies, and help to implement a plan they can have confidence in. As a Wealth Advisor, clients rely on me to plan for some of the largest financial transactions of their lives. Whether saving for education, planning for retirement, or navigating a transition of wealth due to death or divorce, planning is a critical component of a successful outcome.
Professional Financial Planning Experience
- 11 years of helping a diverse range of individuals with financial planning needs, wealth management strategies, and ultimately gaining clarity around their finances.
- Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc., Wealth Advisor
- Charles Schwab, VP Financial Consultant
- Charles Schwab, Associate Financial Consultant
Educational and Professional Designations
- Certified Financial Planner™ certification
- Bachelor of Science, Management and Accounting, Purdue University
- Trained Financial Specialist for Collaborative Law divorces
Check out more fun facts about Sarah:
Identity theft criminals are always crafting new ways to tap into the financial resources of others. That's not going to change, even with a COVID vaccine. Earlier this year, my husband received a letter regarding an unemployment claim filed in his name.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that savings almost tripled over the first two quarters of 2020. This additional savings helps to cushion rainy day funds, but in today's low-rate environment, there comes the point that you should think about how to make the cash - that you worked hard for - work even harder for you.
Restricted stock awards deserve just as much attention as other aspects of your portfolio, but understanding how they work hasn't been easy. Lack of knowledge can cause you to miss an opportunity to maximize your benefits.
Did you take your required minimum distribution before the CARES Act was signed into law? How does the legislation affect your RMD?
Recently, the "CARES" Act was signed into law. The almost 900 pages of legislation are jam-packed with programs designed to help taxpayers navigate the economic hardships. We've outlined the areas that are likely to impact people on a personal level.
Parents, don't leave free money for your students lying around! A 2018 NerdWallet study found that eligible high school seniors left $2.6 billion worth on the table. Regardless of income or wealth, filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be the first step for any student. Read on for details on the basics, the complexities and the results.
If you have a student heading off to college soon, now might be a good time to review your options for saving money on college expenses. A good place to start? Two tax credits – the AOTC and the Lifetime Learning Credit – that can reduce your tax liability by up to $2500 and $2000, respectively. We discuss the criteria for these credits and which might be better for your particular situation.
According to the Pew Research Center, 15% of middle-aged adults will end up financially supporting a parent and a child at the same time. If you find yourself in that 15%, you’re part of what has become known as the Sandwich Generation. We discuss what you should think about if you find yourself being sandwiched between the two generations.
Opportunity zone investing might not be a phrase you’re familiar with, but they can be a nice tax advantage for those with unrealized capital gains in their portfolio. We explain what opportunity zone investing is, and how you can determine if this type of investing works for your portfolio.
Medicare can create quite a bit of confusion: When should I enroll? What coverage do I need? What happens with my HSA? Unfortunately, if you’re contributing to a Health Savings Account, enrollment in Medicare can create an issue. Be sure you understand how Medicare will impact you and your family so you can make informed decisions about your health coverage and avoid any penalties.
The standard deduction has nearly doubled under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and as a result, many may no longer itemize their deductions. We’ve outlined three options that will allow you to support the organizations you’re passionate about while also reducing your tax liability at the same time!
This time of year it is common for companies to allow employees to select what benefits programs they want to participate in for the coming year. Unfortunately, people don’t spend near enough time reviewing the options available to them.