The Pros and Cons of Home Equity Debt

While most interest expense is no longer tax deductible, it is a viable deduction if the interest is on your primary or secondary residence. While limits apply, the use of a secondary loan on your primary or secondary residence can also qualify for interest deductibility. However, “home equity” loan interest can often lose its tax […]

Roll it Before You Pull it

While each retirement plan has similar early withdrawal penalty exemptions, they are not all alike. Knowing these subtle differences within 401(k) plans can help you avoid a 10 percent tax penalty if you take money out of the plan prior to reaching age 59 1/2. This is true because a basic rollover of funds into […]

So You Sold Your Home, Now What?

If you’re considering selling your home or have recently sold your home, there are possible tax consequences. The good news: much of the gain on the sale of your home may be tax exempt. Here’s what you need to know: Capital Gain Home Sale Exclusion You can generally exclude $250,000 of any gain on the […]

Large Retirement Account Balances Can Cause Social Security Tax Problems

When you reach age 70 ½, the trigger requiring distributions from qualified retirement accounts is pulled. This annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) applies to Traditional IRAs, SEP IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs, 401(k), 403(b), and other defined contribution plans. Amounts not distributed on a timely basis could be subject to a 50% penalty. Thankfully, the RMD rules do not apply to Roth IRAs.

Solo 401(k) Plans: A Retirement Plan Option For One-Person Businesses

Many business owners have considered 401(k) plans to be retirement plans for large companies. Though there is no requirement to have a certain number of employees to establish a 401(k) plan, the high costs of setting up and administering a 401(k) have made these plans unappealing to small businesses. Now, one-person businesses are discovering that 401(k) plans are worth another look.

Need A Copy Of Your Tax Return?

Retaining copies of your federal tax return is important. Not only will you need the return in case of an audit, but the tax return is often used to secure student aid, obtain loans, purchase a home or business, plus much more. What can you do if you cannot find a copy of your tax return?

Discuss Money Before You Marry

Couples often enter into marriage without ever having had a serious discussion about financial issues. As a result, they find themselves frequently arguing about money. If you are planning a wedding, here are some steps you can take to get your marriage off to a good financial start.

4 Travel Deal Red Flags to Avoid

Vacation time is fast approaching, and con artists are gearing up. Beware of these four indicators that a travel “deal” is actually a rip-off:

Are Your Parents Safe from Scams?

Scam artists often seem to target older adults because they’re generalized as being more trusting and more easily confused than others. Whether or not that’s true, you can help protect your parents and the other older adults in your life by following a few simple steps: