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Sam Carlson joins The Musuneggi Financial Group

Sam Carlson Advisor and Insurance Specialist
Sam Carlson, LUTCF, CLTC Insurance Advisor

The Musuneggi Financial Group is thrilled to welcome industry veteran Sam Carlson, LUTCF, CLTC to the firm as an Insurance Advisor. A Pittsburgh native, Sam earned a BA from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. He started his career in the financial services industry and has spent the past 40 years concentrating on life, disability, and LTC insurance. He has earned his LUTCF and CLTC designations and has been recognized by Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), a global, independent association of the world’s leading life insurance and financial services professionals.

His focus is and always has been client centric. Sam believes that his primary duty as a member of the insurance industry is educating clients so that they can make the best financial decisions for their specific situation.
In his spare time, Sam enjoys gardening and landscaping, walking the Montour trail, traveling, and spending time with his wife, Trish, son, Dan and his wife Jess, daughter, Brittnay and her husband Taylor and their children Eden and Jonah.

Learning Something Good from Something Sad

Center for Organ Recovery & Education logo "A Pledge for Life" Donate @ Life

Important information if you are an organ donor or plan to be.

As many of you know, my Significant Other, Thomas Hawkins, passed away July 2nd. From the time you could add Organ Donor status to your driver’s license, Tom added it to his. He added it to his Living Will and his final directives. He was a firm believer in the benefits of the program. But when the time came, and he was placed on Hospice, the option of being an Organ Donor was not a possibility. The numerous serious health issues he experienced had taken a toll on his body. What I learned was that to be an Organ Donor, your organs must go from you to a living person. That wasn’t going to happen for him.

But fortunately for me, my son, Christopher, reached out to his sister-in-law, Jessica Yokubeak, (Christine’s sister) an Organ Donor Referral Manager for the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), to see if there was any opportunity. Jessica let him know that although organ donation was not an option, there were other programs that might be suitable. One that she explained was for using tissue to help with the K9 Search and Rescue training program. Because Tom was a big dog lover, this was perfect. And tissue donation can also save and heal lives i.e., burn victims. But being an organ donor does not automatically allow for all the various programs. Some require that you enroll separately.

And I was so grateful that Jessica was able to make this happen. As I was appointed as Tom’s Healthcare Power of Attorney, Jessica spent over an hour on the phone with me going through the necessary documents. She managed to get this all submitted early in the morning. Early that afternoon, Tom passed away leaving behind a legacy of helping others.

CORE took on the responsibility of transporting Tom from the facility where he had been living to the funeral home. They provided us with personalized prayer cards, and some other mementos of this special program. (For those who may be concerned, the services of CORE are free and may reduce the cost of final expenses.) Also, I learned that many nursing homes and assisted living facilities do not contact CORE even if you have notified the facility in advance that you are an Organ Donor. So, it is suggested that the family contact CORE directly.

So, if you have made the decision to be an organ donor as part of your final planning, you may want to see what other options are available if organ donation becomes a non-option for you.

For more information, Jessica would be happy to provide you with more details. She can be reached at
CORE by calling 412-963-3550, option #1 or 412-290-8375. 

– Mary Grace Musuneggi

NAIFA-PA Names Christine Pikutis-Musuneggi, CRPC®, CLTC, LACP as 2022 Keystone Award Honoree

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-Pennsylvania (NAIFA-PA) has named Christine Pikutis-Musuneggi, CRPC®, CLTC, LACP, of Pittsburgh, to receive the NAIFA-PA Keystone Award for 2022. The Keystone Award is NAIFA-PA’s highest award given in recognition of service and dedication to the financial services industry and NAIFA (local, state and national levels).

Christine Pikutis-MusuneggiChristine began her career in the financial services industry in 1998 as a licensed sales assistant, transitioning into operations and leadership while growing a part time practice. To better serve her clients, she moved into private practice in 2009 and relocated to the family firm, The Musuneggi Financial Group ten years ago.

Deeply involved in the industry, she has served in numerous elected positions with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-Pennsylvania (NAIFA-PA), including state president. Servant leadership has honed her strategic planning, collaboration, and mentorship skills. But the highlight(s) of her involvement includes leadership master classes with (the late) General Colin Powell and Steven Covey along with opportunities to speak with members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

During her twenty-five-year path, she has been recognized by Advisor Today’s “Four Under Forty”, graduated from NAIFA’s ‘Leadership in Life Institute”, and received multiple National Quality Awards. This year will mark her eight consecutive Five Star Wealth Manager award, listed in Pittsburgh Magazine. She achieved Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Court of the Table qualification, providing another resource to experience personal and professional growth.

NAIFA-PA AwardA graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, her intention was to pursue a passion for architecture, when firsthand experience sent her down the path of the desire to work with business owners on a successful transition.

If you bump into Christine outside of the office, it’s probably while she’s on a trail. A dedicated runner, Christine loves the challenge of races like the Ragnar Relays…but her greatest challenge to date was the 2015 New York City Marathon. She and her husband Christopher enjoy their time in the Laurel Highlands of PA but make their permanent home south of Pittsburgh in McMurray.

ABOUT NAIFA: Founded in 1890, NAIFA is the oldest, largest and most prestigious association representing the interests of financial services professionals from every Congressional district in the United States. Our mission – to advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct of its members – is the reason NAIFA has consistently and resoundingly stood up for financial services professionals and called upon members to grow their knowledge while following the highest ethical standards in the industry.

Securities offered through Grove Point Investments, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisory Services offered through Grove Point Advisors, LLC. Grove Point Investments, LLC & Grove Point Advisors, LLC are subsidiaries of Grove Point Financial, LLC. The Musuneggi Financial Group, LLC is not affiliated with Grove Point Financial, LLC or its subsidiaries.

Awards or recognition by unaffiliated parties are not indicative of investment success. Awards or recognition do not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance. For more information on NAIFA-PA Keystone Award visit:

1099 Alert!

By Mary Grace Musuneggi


“Why are my 1099s late?” They probably aren’t.

For years, we got used to receiving 1099s by early February as the IRS required that they be mailed by end of January. When tax laws changed and made it necessary to get additional information for some calculations, the date for mailing was changed to February 15th.

If you have an IRA, or an investment with a single investment manager, you may receive them shortly after that time (assuming no delays with the mail).

But if you have a brokerage account, or a third-party manager, you may be in an account that requires additional calculations such as capital gains or dividend information. This may be coming to the reporting company from hundreds of companies or multiple managers. So these companies can extend to March 15th for mailing 1099s.

The other reason that your 1099 may come “late” is “qualified dividends”. To be a “qualified dividend” (and therefore eligible for lower tax rates which you will appreciate), the dividend-paying stock or fund must be held for “more than 60 days during the 121-day period that begins 60 days before the ex-dividend date. Since many stocks and funds pay out dividends at the end of the year, that means it takes until mid-to-late February to determine if you held them, and therefore made the dividend qualified. Again, the “delay” may present a tax advantage for you.

Companies don’t want to send out 1099s in January and then possibly have to send out revised versions if you or your investment company decide to sell something that paid a dividend in December that otherwise would have been qualified. If you had filed your return with the first 1099, you would then have had to file an amendment. Neither you, nor your accountant, would like that.

Just a reminder: we do not receive your 1099s. However, we can sometimes retrieve them if they are prepared and get them to you by email. Please reach out to us if you have questions about yours.

Mary Grace Musuneggi, CLU, ChFC, CFS, RFC
Chairman & CEO
Phone: 412-341-2888
Fax: 412-341-0725

Securities offered through Grove Point Investments, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisory Services offered through Grove Point Advisors, LLC. Grove Point Investments, LLC & Grove Point Advisors, LLC are subsidiaries of Grove Point Financial, LLC. The Musuneggi Financial Group, LLC is not affiliated with Grove Point Financial, LLC or its subsidiaries. Click here to view Form CRS.

Making The Best of Your 2022 Taxes

By Mary Grace Musuneggi

Income tax season is upon us, and you have a few options as to how to prepare your return. You can employ a tax preparer, a tax accountant, a tax advisor or a CPA. These are each defined by the services they provide and the amount of assistance you need. The other option is to use modern tax preparation software which, compared to a few years ago, can be very sophisticated, yet easy to use.

All of the above are good options. What is not a good option is using someone who just wants to make a few dollars doing your taxes, or your bartender who took a few college courses, or the guy across the street who was a tax preparer 10 years ago and has not done any continuing education, or your brother-in-law who is doing this to pass the time in retirement. Amateur or hobbyist tax preparers have no liability if they make a mistake, putting the burden of error on you. Additionally, tax laws have changed and changed and changed over the years, and these changes are complicated.

There is an old saying that goes “most people cheat on their taxes, a few cheat the government, and many others cheat themselves”. Don’t leave deduction on the table while not getting all that is owed to you.

If you are in need of a professional to help you with your taxes, reach out to us. We are partnered with a number of excellent tax resources that we can refer, or look at our recommended resources by clicking here.

Mary Grace Musuneggi, CLU, ChFC, CFS, RFC
Chairman & CEO
Phone: 412-341-2888
Fax: 412-341-0725

Securities offered through Grove Point Investments, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisory Services offered through Grove Point Advisors, LLC. Grove Point Investments, LLC & Grove Point Advisors, LLC are subsidiaries of Grove Point Financial, LLC. The Musuneggi Financial Group, LLC is not affiliated with Grove Point Financial, LLC or its subsidiaries. Click here to view Form CRS.

Take the 2023 Challenge

Over the last couple years, we have seen clients deal with serious issues created by incorrect or incomplete Estate Planning Documents, specifically insufficient Powers of Attorney or incorrect beneficiaries, after the loss of a loved one. These situations have caused both emotional and financial distress for family members who are already coping with the grief of loss.

So our 2023 Challenge to you is:

  • Review your Estate Planning documents if they are more than 5 years old or there have been changes to your life situation.
  • Even more important is to create Estate Planning Documents if you do not have them.
  • See that we have a copy of your most recent Financial Power of Attorney, so we can help your loved ones when you cannot help yourself.
  • Get a copy of every beneficiary designation for all of your employee benefits, investments and insurance, retirement plans, 401ks, etc.,. Once you are sure they are correct, keep a copy with your Estate Planning documents.

Besides avoiding the possibility of huge future expenses, accomplishing the above will give you peace of mind and be a blessing to your heirs.

When you have finished all of the above, send us an email with a thumbs up to let us know that you have completed our challenge.

Securities offered through Grove Point Investments, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisory Services offered through Grove Point Advisors, LLC. Grove Point Investments, LLC & Grove Point Advisors, LLC are subsidiaries of Grove Point Financial, LLC. The Musuneggi Financial Group, LLC is not affiliated with Grove Point Financial, LLC or its subsidiaries. Click here to view Form CRS.

Toys for Tots 2022: Recap

The Musuneggi Financial Group
Throughout this November and December, we invited our friends, families, and clients to join us in our annual Toys for Tots Donation Drive — and join us they did! Gifts came from near, hand-delivered to our office, as well as far, sent with love and care via mail, and together we worked hard to help ensure that no boy or girl, big or small, would go without a gift come Christmas night.

To celebrate the generosity of our community, we gussied up the office and welcomed everyone to attend our Donation Party on Tuesday, December 6th. Early arrivals were greeted with the sounds of the South Fayette Chamber Orchestra as they played a selection of holiday standards in the lobby of Manor Oak Two. Upstairs, they were then treated to a smorgasbord of savory snacks, sweet treats, wine, and a build-your-own hot cocoa bar with plenty of marshmallows and sprinkles to go around.

A Yinzer ChristmasWe asked our guests to take a walk through our office and vote in our annual staff Door Decorating Contest, and the consensus was clear: Advisor Christine Pikutis-Musuneggi’s “A Yinzer Christmas” themed door took home the win — a well deserved victory! We were then joined by students from the South Fayette Student Government who bagged and brought the toys down to a bus, which we almost completely stuffed.

Most importantly of all, together, we collected 4,522 toys for Toys for Tots — the third highest total in program history! We couldn’t have done it without the support of our friends, families, and clients. Thank you to all who contributed — we’ll see you in November for the 2023 event!

To view our photo gallery from this event, click here!

The Story of the Iced Tea Man

By Mary Grace Musuneggi


Recently, my significant other, Tom, spent time at a local Senior Care Facility.  Each time I visited him, I noticed a very elderly man in a wheelchair in the lobby, attached to oxygen.  He was always alone, with no companions. 

In the lobby was a refrigerated case with drinks and fruit. 

As I was signing in one day, the elderly man called out to the receptionist and asked if he could have an iced tea from the case.  She said it would cost a dollar, and did he have a dollar?  He said “no”, and she said he could not have one.  As he began to turn away, I said, “Sir, I have a dollar.  Let me buy you a drink.”  The receptionist said, “Oh, you don’t have to do that.”  And I replied, “actually, I do”.  So I gave her the dollar and gave him the iced tea. 

He was very grateful, but he asked me why I would do that.  I told him it wasn’t like I was giving him a kidney, it was a bottle of iced tea, and like most things in life, what we give is what we get. So someone in the universe owes me a drink.  We laughed and off I went.

Now honestly, he may be a millionaire and just had his money all tied up in the stock market and had no cash on hand.  He may have lots of friends and family that all came to visit him after I left.  The receptionist may have been told to discourage residents not paying because it could be an issue with other residents.  But I really didn’t care, nor did I have the time to “interview” all involved.  But what I did realize is that no matter what, I don’t want to be that very elderly person sitting in a lobby of a long-term care facility, all alone, without a dollar to buy iced tea.

There have been many times in my life when I have enjoyed the kindness of strangers, but I don’t want that to be a lifestyle, or a requirement.  It made me assess my situation, as well as once again plan on reaching out and stressing for our clients that they make the necessary plans to be sure that when the time comes, all will be well — and they can buy iced tea.

At The Musuneggi Financial Group we “lecture” often on the need for you to do estate planning, to create Powers of Attorney, to have a family meeting to let your family know your wishes, to explore Long Term Care (LTC) planning, to review your beneficiaries and the titling of all of your accounts.  To understand your income needs.  To make good financial decisions on where your money goes, how you use it, who you give it to.

If we have not recently had these discussions, if your estate planning documents are more than 5 years old, or if there have been significant changes to your health, retirement needs, or long-term planning goals… let’s talk.  Let’s make this a goal to reach in the last quarter of 2022 and as we enter 2023.  Let’s plan for all good things.  And if you come into the office, we will be happy to buy you an iced tea.

The Musuneggi Financial Group
1910 Cochran Road
Manor Oak Two, Suite 520
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
(412) 341-2888, option 2