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, […]

Retirees and Taxes

When it comes to taxes, growing older can have its advantages. But older individuals may also have additional tax-related requirements. Here’s a quick overview of the tax and financial breaks available as you reach a certain age. Higher standard deductions. You’re eligible for a higher standard deduction once you reach age 65. Tax credit for […]

Use Financial Information to Increase Business Profits

Most successful business managers use financial statements and other special reports to generate higher profits. If you haven’t been using all the financial tools available to you, here are some ideas to get you started. There is no need to feel intimidated by financial statements. If your company’s record system is properly designed, you should […]

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 […]

Five Big Tax Mistakes

Every year taxpayers are hit with tax surprises that could be avoided if they just knew the rules. Here are five big ones that are easy to avoid with some simple planning. Mistake #1. Withholding too little. This results in a tax surprise when filing your income tax. Don’t be too hard on yourself if […]

A Warning to Kids Who Want to File Their Own Tax Return

If you have children younger than 19 years old (or 24 if a full-time student) coordinate the filing of their taxes with yours. How they file is a matter of tax law. The problem Your child is away for college. You prepare and try to file your tax return on April 14th after finally receiving […]

Before Consolidating Debt, Ask These 4 Questions

You’re starting to feel overwhelmed with debt and you’re not sure how to make even the minimum payments on all those accounts. That’s when you realize that credit card companies are eager to come to your aid. They offer balance transfers to help you consolidate high interest accounts. They provide “one low monthly payment” to […]

Tax Surprises for Newly Retired

You’ve got it all planned out. Your retirement savings plans are full, you have started receiving Social Security benefits, and your Pension is ready to go. Everything is planned, what could go wrong? If you plan to retire in 2020, here are five surprises that can turn your plan on a dime: 1. Health emergency […]

Conquer Student Loan Debt

Obtaining a legitimate college degree is an expensive proposition. Many will be paying off student loans —month after month, year after year —for decades. With smart financial management, graduates can liquidate their college debt in a reasonable time, freeing up cash for other priorities. Here are four tips for paying off loans quickly and efficiently: […]