Ten Year-End Tax Tips for 2018 Here are 10 things to consider as you weigh potential tax moves between now and the end of the year. 1. Set aside time to plan Effective planning requires that you have a good understanding of your current tax situation, as well as a reasonable estimate of how your circumstances might change next year. There’s a real opportunity for tax savings if you’ll be paying taxes at a lower rate in one year than in the other.
Shopping online is especially popular during the holiday season, when many people prefer to avoid the crowds and purchase gifts with a few clicks of a mouse. However, with this convenience comes the danger of having your personal and financial information stolen by computer hackers. Before you click, you might consider the following tips for a safer online shopping experience. Pay by credit instead of debit. Credit card payments can be withheld if there is a dispute, but debit cards are typically
Comparatively speaking, of all the different types of life insurance available, term is usually the least expensive. Generally, term life insurance provides protection for a stated or defined period of time, usually from one year to 30 years. If you die during the coverage term, your beneficiary receives the death benefit from the policy. But what if you outlive the term? With return of premium (ROP) life insurance, you receive the return of all your premium payments at the end
The occasion of a family member’s death is never easy. Not only does a family begin the grieving process, but they must plan funerals and events to honor the life of the deceased, but oftentimes, they must also face the overwhelming task of settling the estate. Estate planning is not often a point of consideration for most until it’s too late. Perhaps the largest contributing factor to this procrastination is a lack of clarity regarding estate plans, their purpose, and
The Bipartisan Budget Act passed in early 2018 relaxed some of the rules governing hardship withdrawals from 401(k)s and similar plans. Not all plans offer hardship withdrawals, but the ones that do will be required to comply for plan years beginning in 2019. In order to take a hardship withdrawal from a 401(k) or similar plan, a plan participant must demonstrate an “immediate and heavy financial need,” as defined by the IRS. (For details, visit the IRS website and search for
Medicare can often be a daunting and confusing subject for most. When eligibility is reached, many find themselves with questions and unsure of how to take advantage of this program. Join Marathon Financial for a free Medicare seminar led by Jon Neal Selzer, LUTCF at the Dewitt Community Center on October 24th at 7pm. In addition to education on the basics of Medicare, the presentation will cover enrollment periods, how to sign up, benefits of Medicare plans, Medicare supplements, prescriptions,
As people move through different stages of life, there are new financial opportunities — and potential pitfalls — around every corner. Have you made any of these mistakes? Your 50s and 60s 1. Raiding your home equity or retirement funds. It goes without saying that doing so will prolong your debt and/or reduce your nest egg. 2. Not quantifying your expected retirement income. As you near retirement, you should know how much money you (and your spouse, if applicable) can expect from three
Marathon Financial Advisors cordially invites our clients to a special presentation demonstrating how to write your personal history and leave a local legacy. This free, 2 hour seminar, presented in collaboration with the Central New York Community Foundation, will take place on Tuesday, September 24 at 10 am at the Community Foundation office, 204 Walton Street, Syracuse. Led by Tom Griffith and Jennifer Owens of the Community Foundation, “Leaving A Legacy That Matters” focuses on the benefits of personal history writing.
The increasing cost of healthcare is a concern for workers of all ages. Each year healthcare becomes more expensive, meaning a larger portion of retirement savings will be spent on health related costs. A health savings account, commonly referred to as an HSA, is a tax-advantaged account that can be used to pay for medical expenses now or in retirement. The account is FDIC-insured, and can be invested for greater returns. Who qualifies? To be eligible to establish a health savings account,
It’s a known fact that many people do not have an estate plan in place. This procrastination may occur because it is a painful topic to address, or individuals think there is plenty of time to plan. This helpful infographic from Brighthouse Financial shows the importance of estate planning for everyone: Source: https://www.brighthousefinancial.com/education/estate-planning/5-ways-an-estate-plan-protects-your-family/