Grandparents can help reduce the cost of college

A growing number of grandparents are helping raise their grandchildren. Grandparents are giving their time and money, helping with the cost of toys, clothing, education and extracurricular activities. This can add up to thousands of dollars. Many millennials indicate they could not afford their lifestyle if it were not for the help their parents provide. […]

Couples and Money: Five resolutions for 2017

Do you have a financial plan that works for both you and your spouse? Here are suggestions that can help. Organize your finances. Get a handle on your income and spending, by both of you individually and as a couple. By reviewing the overall picture of how you spend money, you can focus on potential […]

Tax bracket, tax rate, what’s the difference?

The difference between your tax bracket and your tax rate is more than a trick question. For example, knowing your tax rate gives you an accurate reflection of your tax liability in relation to your total income. Knowing your tax bracket is useful for planning purposes. For instance, you may want to spread a Roth […]

Are you starting a new business in the new year?

Put these items on your to-do list. Business plan. Outline who will own the business and what the legal form will be, your qualifications to run the business, the competitive market you face, the products or services you will sell, and how you intend to advertise to prospective customers. How much cash will you need […]

You don’t have to itemize to claim these deductions on your 2016 return

Can’t itemize? You can still claim some expenses on your 2016 federal income tax return. Here’s how you can benefit. * IRA and HSA contributions If you made a contribution to your traditional IRA for 2016, or if you plan to make a 2016 contribution by April 18, 2017, you may qualify to deduct up […]

Clean Your Financial House for the New Year

Out with the old, in with the new. No matter whether you apply the expression to changes in attitude or to life adjustments, the end of the year is a great time to assess your household finances and prepare for new opportunities. Here are suggestions. Review your credit report. Request a free copy of your […]

How social security benefits are taxed

Are you wondering if your social security retirement, survivor, and disability benefits will be subject to federal income tax on your 2016 return? Generally, when these benefits are taxed is determined by your “provisional income.” Provisional income (PI) is the product of a formula used for no other purpose than figuring out the taxable percentage […]

Avoid Hiring Mistakes in Your Start-Up

Staffing errors can spell disaster for your start-up. Here are three to watch out for. Staffing the firm with friends and family. While this strategy may work in some circumstances, hiring pals and relatives often spells trouble. For one thing, friends and family members often expect – even subconsciously – to be treated differently from […]

Don’t include the IRS on your gift list

Suppose a relative gives you an expensive painting. Several years later, your relative dies and you decide to sell the painting. Your accountant says you’ll owe capital gain tax on the sale, and asks for your basis in order to reduce the amount on which you’ll pay tax. What’s your answer? When you sell property […]

NJ’s Christie Keeps the NJ – PA Agreement !!!

Gov. Christie has decided to keep a decades-long agreement between New Jersey and Pennsylvania that allows residents to pay income tax where they live, regardless of where they work — just months after he announced he would end it. Christie said legislation passed Monday, among other recent measures, will help rein in health care costs for public […]