The 401(k) retirement plan, first popularized in the 1980s, is an excellent way to put aside money for retirement. Like other retirement plans — traditional IRA or Roth IRA — a 401(k) invests your money in a customized mix of individual stocks, money-market funds and bonds to maximize your return. But which type of retirement […]
There’s more to a good job than a steady paycheck. Full-time employment can earn you all sorts of perks — from employer-sponsored health insurance to generous deductions on your tax return. Here are 10 job-related tax benefits that could save you some serious money.
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If you’ve been planning to put money into a retirement plan for 2014, but it hasn’t quite happened yet, take heart. You still have time. The most convenient way to make retirement plan contributions is throughout the year. If you can have retirement plan contributions deducted from your regular paycheck, it can be quite painless. […]
Tax season feels eons away for many gainfully employed workers. Why bother thinking about W-9s that will come in January when Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all arriving before tax forms. Not to mention New Years, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day all happen before taxes are even due. But for some workers, tax season […]
Are you among the millions of Americans who piece together a living by freelancing, contracting, or running side hustles? The so-called “gig economy” has shed light on a growing class of workers who don’t collect a steady, guaranteed paycheck from a single employer. Perhaps they run an Etsy shop while bartending on weekends. They might […]
Talk about a case of bad timing: the baby boomer generation started hitting retirement age during one of the worst economic disasters in modern-day history. The oldest boomers started turning 65 in 2011, as the economy struggled to recover from the devastating market crash and recession that began with the financial crisis of 2008. Middle-class […]
“Time is on my side” the old pop lyric says, and truer words have never been spoken when it comes to young people and retirement saving. Getting an early start is the best thing you can do for yourself, even if you’re not able to contribute much. When you’re in your 20s and 30s, you’ve […]