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Where Did My Retirement Go? How To Locate Lost Retirement Benefits

For one reason or another, you may find yourself in a situation where you've lost track of a retirement account like a 401(k) or pension. There are several ways this can happen: Job change. People change jobs in today's economy much faster than they did in the past, and that means that retirement accounts like [...]

January 26th, 2018|

The Best Way To Avoid An Audit: Preparation

Getting audited by the IRS is no fun. Some taxpayers are selected for random audits every year, but the chances of that happening to you are very small. You are much more likely to fall under the IRS's gaze if you make one of several common mistakes. That means your best chance of avoiding an [...]

January 8th, 2018|

Tax Reform in 2018

Congress has passed tax reform that will take effect in 2018, ushering in some of the most significant tax changes in three decades. Here are some major items in the new bill that impact individual taxpayers. Reduces income tax brackets. The bill retains seven brackets, but at reduced rates, with the highest tax bracket dropping to [...]

January 3rd, 2018|

New Year, New Job 5 Tax Tips For Job Changers

There are a lot of new things to get used to when you change jobs, from new responsibilities to adjusting to a new company culture. You may not have considered the tax issues created when you change jobs. Here are tips to reduce any potential tax problems related to making a job change this coming [...]

December 11th, 2017|

Get Ready To Save More In 2018

You can save more for retirement next year using tax-advantaged accounts, thanks to a boost in the maximum 401(k) contribution rate by the IRS. The maximum rate increases by $500 to $18,500, which is the first increase in three years. Those aged 50 or older can still contribute an additional $6,000 on top of that [...]

December 7th, 2017|

5 Tips For Smarter Banking

Banks are a necessary tool to navigate our daily financial lives. Unfortunately, there are aggravating practices at many banks that drive us crazy or cost us money. Here are five tips to get more out of your bank and pay less. Tip #1: Remove cash from the right place. Never use an ATM machine that is [...]

December 5th, 2017|

The Equifax Breach And You: Be Proactive

Earlier this year, hackers were able to breach the security of Equifax, one of the three national credit reporting agencies. More than 143 million Americans – nearly half the entire country – were exposed to the attack, and may have had their personal information stolen (including names and birthdates, and Social Security and driver's license [...]

November 27th, 2017|

6 Must-Dos When You Donate To Charity

Donations are a great way to give to a deserving charity, and they also give back in the form of a tax deduction. Unfortunately, charitable donations are under scrutiny by the IRS, and many donations without adequate documentation are being rejected. Here are six things you need to do to ensure your charitable donation will [...]

November 21st, 2017|

How to Fix Your Overfunded Retirement Account

Is socking away large sums in a tax-deferred retirement account ever a bad idea? It is when you exceed the annual IRS limits. And intentional or not, the penalties can be painful. Here's how overfunding occurs and what steps to take to fix an overfunded retirement account. When do overfunding situations occur? Overfunding retirement accounts [...]

October 23rd, 2017|

5 Tax-Loss Harvesting Tips

Though the markets have been up strongly this year, your investment portfolio may have a few lemons in it. By using the tax strategy of tax-loss harvesting, you may be able to turn those lemons into lemonade. Here are some tips: Tip #1: Separate short-term and long-term assets. Your assets can be divided into short-term and [...]

October 9th, 2017|