Fund Your IRA, Cut Your Taxes
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Fund Your IRA, Cut Your Taxes

There’s still time to make a 2020 IRA contribution and lower your tax bill.
January 13, 2021
10 Things Social Security Recipients Need to Know About Their Second Stimulus Check
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10 Things Social Security Recipients Need to Know About Their Second Stimulus Check

It's a bit more difficult for Social Security recipients to learn the ins and outs of second-round stimulus checks, since there are a few special rule…
January 4, 2021
6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Second Stimulus Check
Coronavirus and Your Money

6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Second Stimulus Check

If you don't have to use your second stimulus check for basic necessities, consider putting the money to work for you. You'll thank yourself later.
December 28, 2020
Smaller IRA Withdrawals Coming Up
Coronavirus and Your Money

Smaller IRA Withdrawals Coming Up

Starting in 2022, the amount you’ll be required to withdraw from your retirement accounts after age 72 will decline modestly—which means your tax bill…
December 20, 2020
Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2020 Tax Year
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Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2020 Tax Year

Americans are facing a long list of tax changes for the 2020 tax year. Get familiar with them now so you're ready when it's time to file your 2020 tax…
December 18, 2020

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Your Guide to Roth Conversions
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Your Guide to Roth Conversions

Like marriage, converting a traditional IRA to a Roth is not a step that should be taken lightly.
November 24, 2020
Bad News on IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits for 2021
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Bad News on IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits for 2021

Retirement savers will be disappointed with the contribution limits for next year, but at least more people will qualify for retirement tax breaks in …
November 5, 2020
Tax Extension Deadline: File Your 2019 Return by October 15 to Avoid Penalties
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Tax Extension Deadline: File Your 2019 Return by October 15 to Avoid Penalties

If you chose to extend your tax return's due date, the tax extension deadline is October 15!
October 15, 2020
Roth IRA Contribution Limits for 2020
Roth IRAs

Roth IRA Contribution Limits for 2020

The Roth IRA contribution limit remains the same for 2020 as it was for 2019. Retirement savers 50 and older can contribute an extra amount. Income li…
October 1, 2020
The 25 Best Low-Fee Mutual Funds You Can Buy
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The 25 Best Low-Fee Mutual Funds You Can Buy

The key to building wealth long-term is buying high-quality (but low-fee) mutual funds run by seasoned stock pickers who have skin in the game. Here a…
September 29, 2020
Deadline for Returning RMDs to Retirement Accounts is Approaching Fast
Coronavirus and Your Money

Deadline for Returning RMDs to Retirement Accounts is Approaching Fast

Retirees who took a required minimum distribution earlier this year need to act quickly if they want to avoid taxes on the money they withdrew.
August 24, 2020
Why You Need a Roth IRA
Roth IRAs

Why You Need a Roth IRA

With this indispensable savings tool, your money grows tax-free, you can invest in almost anything and you get several cool perks.
August 19, 2020
Who Can Still Do a Stretch IRA after the SECURE Act: Explaining the Exceptions to the Rule
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Who Can Still Do a Stretch IRA after the SECURE Act: Explaining the Exceptions to the Rule

Many beneficiaries who inherit IRAs lost a major tax break recently, but five types of people still qualify for this “stretch IRA” benefit. Are you am…
August 3, 2020
6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Stimulus Check
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6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Stimulus Check

If you don't have to use your stimulus check for basic necessities, consider putting the money to work for you. You'll thank yourself later.
July 30, 2020
8 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund
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8 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

Since this year's tax deadline was pushed back to July 15, many people just recently filed their tax return. That means there are a lot of tax refunds…
July 17, 2020
12 Tax Deadlines for July 15 (It's Not Just the Due Date for Your Tax Return)
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12 Tax Deadlines for July 15 (It's Not Just the Due Date for Your Tax Return)

Between due dates for paying estimated taxes, IRA or HSA contributions, and other deadlines, there's more to do by July 15 than just filing your feder…
July 14, 2020
Saver's Credit: A Retirement Tax Break for the Middle Class
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Saver's Credit: A Retirement Tax Break for the Middle Class

Your retirement contributions could be the key to a lower tax bill.
July 9, 2020
Retirees Get Another Break with Expansion of RMD Waiver
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Retirees Get Another Break with Expansion of RMD Waiver

The CARES Act cancelled "required minimum distributions" for 2020...and the IRS just expanded that relief to help more seniors and give more time to u…
June 24, 2020
12 Ways to Get Your Retirement Plan Back on Track
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12 Ways to Get Your Retirement Plan Back on Track

If your financial situation hits a rough spot, there are a number of things you can do to get your retirement plan moving in the right direction again…
June 19, 2020
12 Tax Deductions and Credits That Help You Pay for College
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12 Tax Deductions and Credits That Help You Pay for College

Whether you're saving for college, currently paying tuition, or dealing with student loan debt, there's probably a tax break that can help your bottom…
June 12, 2020
RMD Waiver + Stimulus Check = Tax Credit
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RMD Waiver + Stimulus Check = Tax Credit

For seniors who got a stimulus check of less than $1,200, not having to take a required minimum distribution from their retirement accounts this year …
June 6, 2020
Retirees Get a Break on IRA Distributions
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Retirees Get a Break on IRA Distributions

The IRS is expected to come out with additional guidance, but here’s what we know so far.
June 4, 2020
The Stock-Bond Shuffle of Asset Location
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The Stock-Bond Shuffle of Asset Location

It's a well-used strategy to help minimize taxes. Take a look at how it works.
June 4, 2020
Gifts for Grads to Build Good Money Habits
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Gifts for Grads to Build Good Money Habits

Today’s graduates aren’t destined to share the same fate as past generations, so it’s important for them to ramp up their money skills.
May 13, 2020
5 Ways to Better Optimize Your Finances
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5 Ways to Better Optimize Your Finances

Small changes can help you do the best possible with what you have. Here are some tweaks to consider making to your financial life.
May 13, 2020