Articles of Interest
Date: February, 2020
Description: We have our first surprise of the year: The Coronavirus. In January, I wrote in my annual forecast that we will be surprised by something this year. This is likely the first of several unexpected, unpredicted events we will experience in 2020, especially given that it is an election year.
Date: February, 2020
Description: When it comes to filing our tax returns, we all want to complete every form accurately and according to the instructions. So finding out that someone has filed a fraudulent return in our name is something we never want to experience.
Date: February, 2020
Description: After a cyber breach, we tend to think in terms of what the victim needs to do next. Can any of the stolen data be protected after the fact? What can the victim do to secure confidential information going forward? But for a change, let’s talk about the crime from the cyber thief’s point of view. What does the crook do with our data once he or she has stolen it?
Date: January, 2020
Description: On December 20, 2019, the SECURE Act was signed into law. The SECURE Act contains 29 provisions, encompassing many aspects of financial planning and retirement saving. Once treasury regulations are released, nuances in interpreting this new law will become clearer. Until then, individuals are left to interpret the law’s effects based on the language of the law itself. This article will address what the SECURE Act entails and who it affects, as well as provide suggestions on how to plan for the changes that have been instituted.
Title: New IRS Withholding Tool
Date: December, 2019
Description: As a taxpayer, were you disappointed by your 2018 tax return? Perhaps you found out that you owed taxes because your paycheck withholdings were insufficient. Or maybe your refund was smaller than you anticipated. Due to changes in tax withholding rates and limited deductions, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created surprises like these for many taxpayers. Prior to the new law, taxpayers frequently received a refund due to excess withholding.
Date: November, 2019
Description: You’ve worked and prepared for your retirement years. But what would you do if you suddenly needed substantially more retirement income?
Date: October, 2019
Description: It can be extremely difficult to focus on administrative and other tasks when dealing with the loss of a family member. This checklist will help you account for all the various details that need to be addressed.
Title: LTC Worksheet 2019
Date: September, 2019
Description: By completing this document, you will have written details to share with your family and friends who need to know your feelings and expectations about your own care. Please add another page for additional comments. Long-term Care, Extended Care, Assisted Care, etc. is defined as needing care from other adults to conduct daily activities for a physical or mental disability due to an accident or illness which could happen at any age.
Date: June, 2019
Description: As the weather warms up, many people are thinking about summer plans - and possibly dreaming of buying a vacation home. Although the idea of having a permanent "home away from home" may sound appealing, purchasing a vacation property isn't something to be entered into lightly.
Date: May, 2019
Description: Retirement planning is complicated. Many individuals put off saving, thinking that retirement is years away—until it isn’t. Then, in their 40s and 50s, they start to panic and wonder how they’ll catch up. One strategy, made possible beginning in 2010 by a provision to the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005, presents a way for some individuals to potentially put away more money for retirement, in a tax-advantaged way.
Date: April, 2019
Description: A major risk to both businesses and individuals, social engineering involves the exploitation of our very nature. Specifically, criminals use social engineering techniques to elicit feelings of fear, uncertainty, pressure, and excitement in the hope that we will deviate from the ways we typically behave. Their goal is to gain access to our sensitive information or take advantage of us for financial gain. Here, we’ll explore five ways that criminals use social engineering to scam us—and tips to avoid falling victim.
Title: Basics of Credit Scores
Date: March, 2019
Description: When you borrow money from a lender or sign a contract pledging to make payments, the other party needs to assess how likely it is that you will fulfill your obligations. Your credit score is a measure of risk that helps lenders quantify this likelihood in real time.
Date: February, 2019
Description: Most people are aware that life expectancies are on the rise, but we put off thinking about getting older and or paying for health care for a prolonged period. Asking yourself (and your family) questions about physical, financial, and legal matters is a helpful starting point. Those conversations can lead to building an action plan.
To get you started, we've prepared some questions for you to consider. You can print the My Plan worksheet and fill in your responses in the space provided to share with your family. If you need help, we can help guide you through the thought process. If you are unable to print the form, please give us a call and we will mail it to you.
Please share your information with us - we'd like to know your responses, too.
Date: January, 2019
Description: Social Security benefits, which last as long as you live, provide valuable protection against outliving savings and other sources of retirement income.
Did you know that you can receive personalized estimates of future benefits based on your real earnings and review your earnings history when you create a "my Social Security" account? To create an account, go to https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/
Date: December, 2018
Description: Charitable giving in an important piece of many estate plans. To help you decide how to incorporate charitable giving into your estate plan, let's look at some of the most popular options.
Title: After The Last Paycheck
Date: October, 2017
Description: You’ve been looking forward to retirement for most of your working life. Maybe you’ve been anticipating relaxing on a beach, traveling, or writing a book. You might have great plans for your retirement, but do you have a financial plan that makes it all possible?