Social Security

A 6.1% Bump in Social Security?

COLA and Social Security.   The news keeps getting better for Social Security recipients. It’s now projected that benefits will increase 6.1% in 2022, up from the 4.7% forecast just two months ago. That would be the most significant increase since 1983.1,2 It’s all about inflation. Social Security cost of living adjustments (COLA) are based [...]

Guarding Against Identity Theft

Take steps so criminals won’t take vital information from you.   America is enduring a data breach problem. As many workers traded in the office for remote work, data security has been a focus for the public and private sectors. Between robocalls pitching low-cost health insurance, pretending to be the I.R.S., or offering “work from [...]

Roth IRA Conversion in the Era of COVID-19

Is it right for you? The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up nearly every aspect of American life. To say it’s been a difficult time would be an understatement. However, difficult times may open doors to new possibilities. Businesses are changing their ways of operating, and individuals are exploring new avenues for investment. It may be [...]

Treasury, IRS unveil online application to help with Economic Impact Payments, and more

WASHINGTON – Working with the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service today unveiled the new Get My Payment with features to let taxpayers check on their Economic Impact Payment date and update direct deposit information. With an initial round of more than 80 million Economic Impact Payments starting to hit bank accounts over the weekend [...]

Key Provisions of the CARES Act

Distributions can be waived in 2020 for Inherited Accounts, 401(k)s, and IRAs. Recently, the $2 trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security” (“CARES”) Act was signed into law. The CARES Act is designed to help those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, while also providing key provisions that may benefit retirees.1 To put this monumental [...]

Coronavirus & More

The 24-Hour News Cycle moves from Impeachment to COVID-19 to the Primaries – What’s next? In recent weeks, we’ve seen several major stories in the news. On the political front, in addition to the arrival of the presidential election through the 2020 caucuses and primaries, we have just experienced the third presidential impeachment in American [...]

The SECURE Act

Long-established retirement account rules change. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is now law. With it, comes some of the biggest changes to retirement savings law in recent years. While the new rules don’t appear to amount to a massive upheaval, the SECURE Act will require a change in strategy for [...]

Red Flags for Tax Auditors

Here are six flags that could make your tax return prime for an I.R.S. audit. No one wants to see an Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) auditor show up at their door. But in 2018, the I.R.S. budget is roughly $1 billion less than it was 8 years ago, down from $12.1 billion in 2010 to [...]

IRS: Choose tax preparers carefully Tax return preparer fraud makes IRS’ 2019 ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today included tax return preparer fraud on its "Dirty Dozen" list of common tax scams for 2019 and offered tips to help taxpayers avoid unscrupulous tax preparers. With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the most sweeping tax reform legislation in more than 30 years now in effect, some [...]

Caution on Your Tax Withholding for 2018 / 2019

  Following feedback from the payroll and tax communities, the Treasury Department and the IRS will make changes into a new version of the Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, for 2020.  The 2019 version of the Form W-4 will be similar to the current 2018 version. The Form W-4 for use in 2020 will help employees improve withholding accuracy, and [...]

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