American Families Plan Would Provide Benefits for Some, More Taxes for Others

The American Families Plan includes $1.8 trillion in proposed investments and tax credits for American families and children over a period of 10 years, as well as tax increases for those who earn more than $400,000 annually. On April 28, 2021, the White House released a fact sheet for President Biden’s American Families Plan (AFP), […]

Rising Inflation: Where Will It Go from Here?

Though all economists expect inflation numbers to rise in the near term, there are different views on the potential long-term effects. In March 2021, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.6%, the largest one-month increase since August 2012. Over the previous 12 months, the increase was 2.6%, the highest year-over-year inflation […]

Enhanced Child Tax Credit for 2021

If you have qualifying children under the age of 18, you may be able to claim a child tax credit. (You may also be able to claim a partial credit for certain other dependents who are not qualifying children.) The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 makes substantial, temporary improvements to the child tax credit […]

How Much Annual Income Can Your Retirement Portfolio Provide?

More ways to help stretch your savings Don’t overspend early in your retirement Plan IRA distributions so you can preserve tax-deferred growth as long as possible Postpone taking Social Security benefits to increase payments Adjust your asset allocation Adjust your annual budget during years when returns are low Tax considerations Prolonging your savings may require […]

Common Factors Affecting Retirement Income

When it comes to planning for your retirement income, it’s easy to overlook some of the common factors that can affect how much you’ll have available to spend. If you don’t consider how your retirement income can be impacted by investment risk, inflation risk, catastrophic illness or long-term care, and taxes, you may not be […]

U.S. Credit-Card Debt Levels See Record Drop in 2020

U.S. Credit-Card Debt Levels See Record Drop in 2020 Despite the financial challenges experienced by Americans as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. credit-card debt dropped to record levels in 2020, decreasing by almost $83 billion.1 This unprecedented drop was likely the result of individuals receiving financial assistance through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and […]

Due Date for Federal Income Tax Returns and Payments Postponed to May 17

Tax deadline for most individuals: Monday, May 17, 2021 Due to the unusual conditions related to the coronavirus pandemic, the due date for individuals to file 2020 federal income tax returns and make tax payments has been postponed by the IRS from Thursday, April 15, 2021, to Monday, May 17, 2021. No interest, penalties, or […]

Gift and Estate Taxes

If you give away money or property during your life, those transfers may be subject to federal gift and estate tax and perhaps state gift tax. The money and property you own when you die (i.e., your estate) may also be subject to federal gift and estate tax and some form of state death tax. […]

American Rescue Plan Act Provides Relief to Individuals and Businesses

The $1.9 trillion emergency relief package represents an effort to assist individuals and businesses during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and accompanying economic crisis. On Thursday, March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA 2021) was signed into law. This is a $1.9 trillion emergency relief package that includes payments to individuals and […]

There’s Still Time to Contribute to an IRA for 2020

Making a last-minute contribution to an IRA may help you reduce your 2020 tax bill. If you qualify, your traditional IRA contribution may be tax deductible. And if you had low to moderate income and meet eligibility requirements, you may also be able to claim the Saver’s Credit for 2020 based on your contributions to […]