Money Management Articles
What goals can you accomplish with a trust?
Should a trust be part of your estate planning? Trusts are typically
associated with the very rich, but a surprising number of people use
them to solve a variety of problems or achieve a range of different
Did you forget to save for retirement?
Will you have enough to live on during your golden years? Roughly
one-quarter of Americans are not sure they will have sufficient funds
for a comfortable retirement, according to an Employee Benefit Research
Institute survey, and only 18 percent are very confident they will.
Annuities -- basics, pros and cons
Many things in life are uncertain and retirement is no exception. The
recent stock market plunge is proof enough. With longer life spans and
unpredictable economic factors, investors are looking for ways to
stretch their retirement dollars. Annuities are one way to help provide
you with a steady stream of income during your retirement years.
Tax considerations (and advantages) for small businesses
Are you thinking of launching your own business? Approximately 800,000
new businesses open each year, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics
data. When these young companies get started, it's critical for their
owners to understand the many rules and regulations that apply to them.
Back to work after retirement: How Social Security, taxes and health care may be affected
The old notions about retirement have, well, retired. Rather than
leaving work at 65 and going fishing or focusing on gardening, many
retirees are celebrating retirement by going back to work.
Tax credits that can help lower college costs
Are you looking for ways to minimize the costs of higher education? The
average cost of tuition and fees for a four-year college education can
range from about $40,000 for in-state students at a public college to
nearly $135,000 at a private one, according to College Board data.
Fortunately, there are some tax laws that can help lower your outlays.
Three things to know about reverse mortgages
One of the retirement planning resources that has gained interest in
recent years is the reverse mortgage. A reverse mortgage allows you to
convert part of the equity in your home into cash without paying
additional monthly bills. If you're 62 or older -- and want money to pay
off your mortgage, or pay for other expenses -- you may consider a
Small business owners beware: Not reporting income paid to vendors can be costly
If you are a small-business owner, know that you, too, must send 1099s
to nonemployees paid in the course of doing business. The Minnesota
Society of CPAs (MNCPA) warns that many small-business owners do not
understand the requirements for issuing 1099s, and they can receive
hefty fines and costly IRS audits if not complied with properly.
Business or hobby? Why the difference matters
Were you aware that there are tax implications when you earn money from a
hobby? If not, or if you're unsure of all the rules, the Minnesota
Society of CPAs (MNCPA) offers these insights on why the distinctions
between hobbies and businesses matter and what you need to know if your
hobby becomes a business.
Don't let unexpected costs ruin your retirement!
How much do you need to save for retirement? Determining how much you'll
spend on housing, food and other fixed expenses may seem relatively
easy, but how about the costs that come out of the blue?
Tips for couples on managing Social Security benefits
About 59 million people receive Social Security benefits, according to
the Social Security Administration. Were you aware that there are many
options for married couples on deciding how and when to take their
Resolving financial concerns for stepfamilies
Roughly 1,300 new stepfamilies are created every day, according to the
Stepfamily Foundation. And, 41 percent of all Americans have at least
one step relative, based on Pew Research Center findings.
IRA early withdrawal exceptions
Choosing an early withdrawal from your IRA can be a costly move, often
resulting in unfavorable consequences such as tax penalties and loss of
The ins and outs of filing a tax extension
Sometimes April 15 rolls around faster than expected. Despite best
intentions, extenuating circumstances could mean that filing your taxes
on time just isn't an option. If this scenario sounds familiar, filing
an extension may be the best course of action.
Appealing an IRS decision
What happens if you disagree with an Internal Revenue Service
determination about your taxes? There are options available to you if
you'd like to plead your case.
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