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.

Changing Marital Status? What You Need to Do

Have you recently married, divorced, or lost a spouse? A change in marital status should prompt a review of financial matters, but at such a time it is easy to overlook the details. Here are a few reminders and suggestions. Insurance coverage. When your marital status changes, review your insurance policies. Combining separately held health […]

Everyone Needs a Financial Plan

As some point you will be responsible for your own money. If that is not currently the case for you, here are some ideas to help get your financial plan in order. Retirement fund. Saving for retirement is crucial. Even small amounts can go towards U.S. savings bonds or mutual funds with an automatic savings […]

Switching Jobs? Here Are Several Options for your 401k

Suppose you’re switching jobs if you were furloughed because of the pandemic or you’re simply searching for greener pastures. If you have a 401(k) from your soon-to-be former employer, you must decide what to do with your retirement account when you leave. Here are your four options: Leave the money in your previous employer’s pension […]

Financial Basics: Calculate Your Net Worth

Whatever your financial goals in life – whether they include buying a new house, taking a trip to Europe, funding your children’s college educations, having enough money fora comfortable retirement, or all of the above -you are more likely to reach your goals if you do some planning. The fact that you are reading this […]

Check your credit report – it’s free

You can check your credit rating from all three of the major credit reporting agencies for free to ensure the accuracy of your report. Simply log onto the Internet and go to www.annualcreditreport.com. Alternatively, you can receive your free report if you call 1-877-322-8228. You are allowed to obtain one free report from each agency […]

Basic Financial Documents You Must Have

Basic Financial Documents You Must Have

There are some basic financial arrangements that all individuals should consider making, no matter what their age or circumstances. But if you have a family, these basic documents become essential. A Will. As you know, a will lets you, rather than the state, control how your assets will be split among your heirs. More importantly, […]

Capital Gains and Dividends: Knowing The Rules Can Cut Your Tax Bill

Capital Gains and Dividends are subject to a number of different tax rates. Because of this, know the rules can be a great way to cut your tax bill. Dividends For most taxpayers, qualifying dividends are currently taxed at a maximum rate of 15%. If you’re in the 10% or 15% ordinary income tax bracket, […]

Conduct a Financial Review at Tax Time

Tax filing time is an ideal time to review your financial affairs. You have to gather information to prepare your tax return at this time. Why not take one more step and do something positive for your financial well-being? The following suggestions will get you started on your financial review: Discuss with your family. Spouses […]