A Roth IRA allows you to save tax deferred money like a regular IRA, and withdraw money tax free. The catch is that instead of paying taxes when you are retired and withdrawing money, you pay tax before you make your contribution.
Besides tax free withdrawals, one of the best features of a Roth IRA is that there is NO required minimum distribution (RMD) at age 70 ½. This works great for extending the life of your nest egg, which is crucial in down years like 2008, when many IRA owners age 70 ½ would rather let their portfolios recover. …Read More
The end of the the year can mean an influx of stuff and an outflow of dough. When the new year starts, we all have resolutions a plenty. One way to counter clutter, simplify your life, and save money is to go through your closet and get rid of all your unwanted clothes. Every year I have a few shirts, sweaters, coats, and other things that I just don’t need anymore. Between my wife and I, this year we had six bags of clothes to donate.
How can you Give, Save, and Simplify your life? Follow these simple steps:
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Americans are saving more money. The budget deficit will eventually give way to spending cuts or higher taxes; ergo, we need to prepare for a higher tax environment. Below are twelve ways to save money on taxes during a recession:
1. Tax Loss Harvesting – Unfortunately, because of the market decline, we had a lot of losses last year. Fortunately, we captured those losses so that you could use them to offset ordinary income up to $3,000.
2. Pay off Debt – You do not have to pay tax on your savings if you use it to pay down debt. …Read More