Category: Finance

4 new law changes that may affect your retirement plan

If you save for retirement with an IRA or other plan, you’ll be interested to know that Congress recently passed a law that makes significant modifications to these accounts. The SECURE Act, which was signed into law on December 20, 2019, made these four changes. Change #1: The maximum age for making traditional IRA contributions…
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Small businesses: Get ready for 1099-MISC reporting

Small businesses get ready 1099-MISC reporting

  A month after the new year begins, your business may be required to comply with rules to report amounts paid to independent contractors, vendors and others. You may have to send 1099-MISC forms to those whom you pay non-employee compensation, as well as file copies with the IRS. This task can be time consuming…
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Many businesses have received “no-match” letters from Social Security Administration

Many businesses and employers nationwide have received “no-match” letters from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The purpose is to alert employers of a discrepancy between the agency’s files and data reported on W-2 forms. Specifically, they point out that an employee’s name and Social Security number (SSN) don’t match the government’s records. According to the…
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Summer: A good time to review your investments

You may have heard about a proposal in Washington to cut the taxes paid on investments by indexing capital gains to inflation. Under the proposal, the purchase price of assets would be adjusted so that no tax is paid on the appreciation due to inflation. While the fate of such a proposal is unknown, the…
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Selling your home? Consider these tax implications

Spring and summer are the optimum seasons for selling a home. And interest rates are currently attractive, so buyers may be out in full force in your area. Freddie Mac reports that the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 4.14% during the week of May 2, 2019, while the 15-year mortgage rate was 3.6%. This…
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