Crowdfunding & Taxes

Information for those giving, receiving and organizing. Have you donated money to a crowdfunding campaign this year? You probably have. You may be wondering how the Internal Revenue Service treats these donations. Do the common tax rules apply? The I.R.S. may or may not define such donations as charitable contributions. It depends not only on… Read More

Retirement Plan Contribution Limits Rise for 2018

Slight increases have been made due to mild inflation. You will able to put a little more into your workplace retirement account in 2018. The federal government has boosted the annual contribution limit on some of the popular qualified retirement plans thanks to inflation and made other adjustments worth noting. Contribution limits for 401(k)s are… Read More

The A, B, C, & D of Medicare

Breaking down the basics & what each part covers. Whether your 65th birthday is on the horizon or decades away, you should understand the parts of Medicare – what they cover, and where they come from. Parts A & B: Original Medicare. America created a national health insurance program for seniors in 1965 with two… Read More

What is a SEP IRA?

As Director of Retirement Plan Services, this is a question I hear frequently. A Simplified Employee Pension plan (SEP) is an easy, low-cost option for small business owners to provide retirement benefits for employees (including themselves). This retirement plan option allows for an employer to contribute directly to an individual retirement account for all employees.… Read More

The Many Benefits of a Roth IRA

Why do so many people choose it rather than a traditional IRA? The Roth IRA changed the whole retirement savings perspective. Since its introduction, it has become a fixture in many retirement planning strategies. The key argument for going Roth can be summed up in a sentence: Paying taxes on retirement contributions today is better… Read More

When Is Social Security Income Taxable?

The answer depends on your income. Your Social Security income could be taxed. That may seem unfair, or unfathomable. Regardless of how you feel about it, it is a possibility. Seniors have had to contend with this possibility since 1984. Social Security benefits became taxable above certain yearly income thresholds in that year. Frustratingly for… Read More

How much money should I contribute to my 401k?

This question is posed frequently to financial advisors. The answer is not the same for everyone. Based on resources, expenses, years until retirement, an individual’s need differs. However, most of my contemporaries would agree it is good to contribute as much as you can. A very minimum savings level for employees who receive an elective… Read More