Money Management Articles
Tax impact: First official filing year for married same-sex couples
As same-sex spouses across Minnesota prepare to file taxes jointly for
the first time, many are struggling to understand the benefits recently
awarded to them.
What you should know about taxes and Social Security benefits
Will your tax bill this year include taxes on your Social Security
benefits? About 55 million people receive monthly Social Security
payments and some of them pay taxes on up to 85 percent of those
benefits, depending on their financial situation.
Five steps to achieving your financial goals
What do you want to do now, or next year, or five or 10 years down the
road? This is the time of year when people step back and consider where
they stand and how close they are to achieving long-held goals. No
matter what your objectives, there's no doubt that a sound financial
plan will put you in a better position to achieve them, according to the
Minnesota Society of CPAs.
Retirement road blocks for baby boomers
From now until 2030, about 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day,
according to the Pew Research Center. This large generation, born
between 1946 and 1964, has had a huge impact on American culture and
society, and that remains the same as they head into retirement.
How can you cut next year's taxes?
Taxes may be the last thing you want to think about at the holidays, but
the end of the year is a great time to take some smart steps that can
help you minimize your future tax outlays. The Minnesota Society of
Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) provides these ideas for keeping
more money in your pocket.
Five questions to ask your CPA before the end of the year
Your to-do list is probably pretty full at this time of year. While the
thought of adding one more task may feel overwhelming, it's one that can
help put your mind at ease this New Year's Eve: Talk to your CPA.
Going back to work after retirement: How Social Security, taxes and health care may be affected
Retirement isn't what it used to be. Instead of leaving the
workforce at age 65 and hitting the golf course every day, many retirees
are going back to work. According to a recent Longevity Alliance and
Harris Interactive poll, 43 percent of surveyed retirees seriously
considered re-entering the workforce shortly after they had left their
Protecting seniors from fraud: Tips for safeguarding identity and finances
Every September, we honor our grandparents with National Grandparents
Day. As this holiday approaches, now is the perfect time to show your
loved ones how much you care by helping them learn to protect themselves
from becoming victims of fraud.
Financial planning for same-sex couples after the DOMA decision
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act
unconstitutional, a decision that has sweeping financial implications
for same-sex couples who were married in states that recognize same-sex
Tax tips for newlyweds
June is traditionally a time when couples tie the knot and, as is the
case with so many major milestones in life, all newlyweds should be
aware of the tax considerations associated with marriage. If you or a
loved one is planning nuptials, the Minnesota Society of CPAs offers
this advice on addressing the tax concerns.
Giving the gift of financial planning: A lifetime of financial knowledge wrapped up with a bow
June means longer days, the start of summer and invitations to weddings,
graduation parties and maybe a baby shower or two. Stuck for ideas on
what to give the newlyweds, graduates or new parents? This year,
consider something nontraditional that will last a lifetime and never go
out of style: a visit with a financial planner.
Retaining personal financial records: What do you need to keep and for how long?
Does looking at overflowing filing cabinets of bank statements and boxes
of old check stubs make you want to start a bonfire in your backyard?
Before you grab the lighter fluid and matches, make sure you know what
you can torch and what you need to keep.
Choosing a financial services provider
April is Financial Literacy Month, so it’s the perfect time to evaluate
your personal financial plan and identify what areas of your strategy
are doing well and what areas may need some change. Creating a personal
financial plan is an important part of developing and maintaining your
long-term financial security.
Financial literacy education at work
The economy may be showing signs of improvement, but research shows
employees are still not confident about their own financial situations.
New tax rules for your small business
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 resolved most of the tax issues included in last year’s Fiscal Cliff debate and answered many pending tax questions for small businesses. What impact did the Act have on businesses?
What you may not know about Social Security
More than 55 million Americans receive Social Security benefits, and about one-quarter of retirees depend on Social Security as their sole source of income. It’s important to understand what to expect from your own benefits. The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) explains some key points about the program.
Four tips for the new retirement
A recent study conducted by the Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement found that 67 percent of middle-income baby boomers are expecting a retirement that is different from the one their parents enjoyed. If you’re trying to navigate plans for the new retirement landscape, the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) offers four key pieces of advice.
Live well in retirement
Many retirees face concerns about how they will manage to pay for a secure and happy retirement. The good news is that there are many costs that retirees typically don’t face, such as commuting to work, buying a business wardrobe or saving for their children’s college tuition. Many other expenses will stay the same, and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) advises that you can make some smart choices in order to live well on a fixed retirement budget.
Avoiding the penalty on early retirement plan withdrawals
The money that you’ve built up in a retirement savings account can look awfully tempting at times, particularly in an uncertain economy. If you feel you have no choice but to withdraw from a retirement account, you may find that it’s a costly option because of the potential taxes and penalties involved. The Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA) explains the price you’ll have to pay and how the exceptions to the rules work.
How to talk to your aging parents about money
It’s important for adult children to know about and understand their parents’ finances. From knowing if your parents have enough money to last through their retirement, to understanding their wishes should they become incapacitated, to protecting them from unscrupulous people who prey on the elderly, your involvement may be vitally important. This information will help you get started.
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