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My model shows a consistent consumption level each year but I want to make sure I understand what this truly represents. If I can consume $80,000 per year for the next 30 years has this consumption level been adjusted for inflation?

I'd like to see somewhere the specific tax rates that ESPlanner Plus uses in the tax calculation. My federal tax rate, my state tax rate and my marginal tax rate.

I realize that Esplanner does not have everything on actual tax forms.

Is there a new 2017 release planned that contains new social security benefits, medicare costs etc?

Much thx


I have pledge asset loan through my broker. It has no required monthly payments. I'm planning to pay it off through a lump sum payment followed by monthly amortized payments.
I want to know: where and how do I enter this loan?

ESPlanner offers Dimensional asset classes with real returns and relative risks. I'd like to enter my own ETF choices instead.

Tags: health care

I have a couple questions on Health Care costs. I see that the program will estimate medicare part b costs when my wife and I are 65. I plan to retire at 62, so I assume I will need to calculate health care costs from 62 to 65 for me and for my wife until she is 65.

Tags: FICA, taxes

I created my plan and ran the reports On the taxes tab on the detail spreadsheet it is showing FICA tax payments for my wife in 2017 and 2021 to 2025. My wife does not work and has no income. She is 49 at this time. I am not sure why this is calculating tax for my wife.

Tags: Reserve Fund

When I view the reserve fund tab, the guide on the right side of the screen states "Specify as well if the reserve fund income is taxable . . .". How can I specify that tax treatment?

I recently sold my small business and am not clear how one would enter a couple of notes that I've carried back for the buyer.

Tags: spending

I just completed all of my inputs and ran the basic report which made sense. then I updated my regular assets with a possible inheritance and the first year spending suddenly added over $2M in spending. Cannot find any entry or setting that seems wrong. Any ideas?

I am trying to raise our standard of living and raise consumption prior retirement by taking withdrawls from our retirement accounts starting at age 59 1/2.

We were grandfathered under the new rules. My wife filed and suspended (until her 70th birthday) her benefits by the end of 2015. I filed for a spousal benefit upon turning 66 in May 2016. I now receive a monthly payment. I will file for my benefits on my 70th birthday.

I bought a whole life policy in the '80s. The terms of the contract provided that after a certain number of years I stop paying premiums as the earnings of policy will be sufficient to pay them and increase the amount of insurance yearly.

Tags: taxes

Its been awhile since I've written. In the runs of my reports taxes are much higher than I actually pay. For NC state taxes, it probably has to do with the tax rate which has changed to a flat 5.75%. The state tax rate I'm calculating is over 6% in your program.

Tags: esplus, learn

i've just upgraded to ESPPlus. i've spent the last year learning the basic program and now feel confident that i understand the results. i made my first run with plus and i must say that the volume of results is overwhelming.

Are there any plans to add more asset classes to the "build portfolios" portion of the Monte Carlo planning method? For those of us who do not have access to Dimensional Funds, the options are very limited.

I'm having a problem with the amounts I put in as the amounts we have currently in our retirement accounts are not showing up in the amounts the program lists in retirement account columns of the Net Worth section of the report.

Tags: IRA

I note in my ESPlanner report that the program distributes more from my IRA than the Required Minimum Distribution to maintain the suggested consumption. That's fine with me but is there a way to see what the RMD and additional distribution amounts are in each year? Thanks.

Hello, I am planning to purchase a 3-family home and use one unit as my primary residence while using the other two units as rental property. How do I account for this in ESPlanner Plus?