Social Security decision-making isn’t as easy as it was for our parents and grandparents. When they became eligible, they simply went downtown (remember those places?) and simply filed.
Not so easy today. Social Security decision-making has become more complex and, unfortunately, because of that, there are few ‘simple’ answers.
When it comes to building a solid financial future, finding the right investment vehicle can be a daunting task. Comparisons are often made between an IUL (Indexed Universal Life Insurance) and a Roth IRA (Individual Retirement Account) as a choice between getting life insurance or investing in the stock market. While an IUL can give the appearance of doing both; however that’s not really the case – and, often, this can lead to unrealistic expectations.
Given the size of our growing national debt it’s no wonder so many people believe taxes will be higher in the future. We have an ageing population and there are a number of factors at work: There’s the annual deficit plus money needed to fund Medicare and Social Security, just to mention a few.
Social Security claiming decisions aren’t as simple as they may appear. The decisions you make for yourself can impact your spouse, your future taxes, and even the bite Medicare premiums take from your Social Security benefits.
The SECURE Act includes roughly 100 new rules for retirement affecting both individuals and businesses – all with tax implications and various effective dates. These are the most expansive changes to retirement rules in 40 years.
At retirement, some people receive a check from their employer for their 401(k) balance and write a check for deposit into their IRA before the 60-day deadline, just like they were told, to avoid any problems with the IRS. They’ve met the deadline. The money is now in their IRA. They’re clear and the rollover is complete…. or is it?