Should you incorporate or not? What’s best for your business?

If you’re a business owner, one of the first questions to ask yourself is whether or not you should incorporate. The biggest advantage of incorporating is that it limits your legal liability. Your responsibility for debts and other liabilities incurred by a corporation is generally limited to the assets of the business. Your personal assets […]

How to Make the Most of Your Tax Refund

Are you receiving a tax refund this year? No doubt you’ve already heard about why you shouldn’t be giving the government an interest-free loan. Maybe you’ve decided to revise your withholding or estimated tax payments to reduce the amount of next year’s refund. Either way, you have options. Financial planning means creating effective strategies that […]

Taxes Not Ready to File for 2017? Here’s what to do

If you need more time to file your 2017 income tax return, you can get an extension — no explanation is necessary. There are a lot of reasons why you may need more time to file your 2017 individual income tax return. For instance, you might want to hold off funding a retirement plan until […]

3 Reasons Why Your Child Should (or shouldn’t) Have Life Insurance

When determining whether or not to carry life insurance on your children, you’ll find that people have a variety of opinions. Here’s a look at some of the most common considerations for and against life insurance policies on children: Financial security. Traditionally, you take out life insurance to provide for the financial security of dependents. The […]

Emergency Funds: Why They’re Worth It

Emergency funds can be helpful for everyone. Any unexpected hit to your finances, and unanticipated illness or a natural disaster might all be reasons you may need money right away. What is an emergency fund? An emergency fund is designed to keep your life intact during temporary setbacks and to help you avoid unnecessary debt. […]

Is Walking Away from Sunk Costs the Best Option?

Emotions make us human. They can also cause us to make rash decisions. Business owners and managers often let emotions dominate the decision-making process. This is especially true when choices are based on “sunk costs.” Why sunk costs can lead to trouble Broadly defined, sunk costs are past expenses that are irrelevant to current decisions. […]

Is it Time to Go through Your Tax Records? Consider This…

Chances are you’re a little confused about what to keep and what to throw when it comes to tax and financial records. No worries. It’s time to sort through what you’ve got and keep only the important stuff. Here’s what to keep in mind: Keep records that directly support income and expense items on your […]

Sweeping Changes for Taxpayers & What They Mean for You

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed at the end of December 2017 with some of the most sweeping changes taxpayers have seen in 30 years. Here are a few big changes to come out of the new act — and what you can do about it. The medical expense deduction threshold was lowered […]

REVERSE MORTGAGE – Don’t say yes until you read this

There’s no doubt you’ve seen TV advertisements telling seniors that their lives could improve if they use reverse mortgages to harvest the equity in their homes. They go on to tell you that you can free up money to take an expensive trip, remodel your home or just have fun. It sounds appealing — but […]