Social Security plays a key role in many Americans’ retirement plans. Understanding the benefits available in different situations is important, especially for women. According to the Social Security Administration, the median earnings for women are approximately 80% of men’s earnings.Read More
Good money management skills are not something you are born with. Instead, they are acquired over your lifetime through many successes and some failures as well. Giving your children a weekly allowance is a great way to get them on the path to successful money management as an adult.
Joline Godfrey, author of Raising Financially Fit Kids, uses the following mantra regarding allowance:
“An allowance is not an entitlement or a salary. It is a tool for teaching children how to manageRead More
There has been a lot of controversy lately surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. One point of this bill that has caused a lot of questions is the Unearned Income Medicare Contribution tax that is being used to help fund Obamacare. It would create a 3.8% surtax on certain types of income above certain thresholds starting January 1, 2013.
For individuals, the 3.8% surtax is imposed on the lesser of net investment income or theRead More
Have you been considering installing new windows or doors in your home? Now may be the perfect time to do so. On February 17 of this year, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 into law. This law extends and increases the tax credits introduced by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This law creates a tax credit equal to 30% of the cost of new energy efficient windows and doors upRead More
The recently passed Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009 (CARS Act), or Cash for Clunkers as it is affectionately referred to, is a measure introduced by the government to reduce pollution and jump start auto sales. The CARS Act allows you to trade in your old “clunker” (domestic or foreign) for a credit between $3,500 and $4,500 towards the purchase or lease of a new domestic or foreign made car that gets at least 22Read More