Working Past Retirement: How to Maximize Your Benefits

Age 65 has traditionally been when most people retire. In recent years, working past your mid-sixties is becoming more and more common. Working past 65 has many benefits, like continued income and employer-sponsored health insurance, but it could impact your Social Security and Medicare entitlements. If you’re planning on working past retirement, here are some helpful ways to plan so that you can make the most of your federally sponsored benefits.

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How to Talk About Finances with Your Aging Parents

It’s a difficult thing to think about, but one day you could be taking care of an elderly parent who’s in declining physical or mental health. Whether or not you work with your parents in a family business, it’s important to recognize the financial stress and list of “to dos” that come with the emotions of this phase of life. By taking steps to make ensure finances are in order now, you’ll be more prepared to handle those matters down the road. In turn, you’ll have the ability to focus on the health and quality of life of your parents as they age.

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Planning for Your RMDs Before Year End

If you’re about to retire, there are many important financial decisions to be made. Most people will depend on their retirement accounts to provide income for their non-working years, but how much and when you withdraw varies by individual. If you’re delaying your distributions past your retirement to maintain the tax-deferment benefits, there will come a time when you must begin withdrawing funds from your retirement savings accounts.

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Retirement Planning for the Self-Employed: SEP IRAs vs Individual 401(k)s

There are plenty of advantages to self-employment, but there are also a lot of additional responsibilities that aren’t part of the picture when you’re an employee. One of the biggest advantages and drawbacks is the lack of structure for benefit plans. As a self-employed person (with no other employees), you have the freedom to set your own policies, schedule and so forth. So, you may be wondering where to start when it comes to selecting a retirement plan. We’re here to help.

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401(k) Benefit Plan Audits: What You Need to Know

It’s already midyear, and that means it’s the perfect time to review the audit requirements for your company-sponsored employee benefit plans. One of the most important and complex audits is the annual audit of your 401(k) plan. Here are some general tips and guidelines to help you understand when you’ll need an audit and what to expect during the process.

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Can I Work While Receiving Social Security Benefits?

For various reasons, many people continue to work while collecting Social Security retirement benefits. Some people need the additional income while others simply enjoy keeping busy. In 2016, Associated Press reported that more than 4 in 10 Americans over 50 years of age begin taking Social Security benefits before retirement age. Whatever the reason, there are important tax implications to consider should you choose to work while receiving Social Security benefits.

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The Truth About What Happens to Account Funds After Death

It’s awkward. And complicated. And emotional. But dealing with what happens to your estate after your death is an unavoidable and essential task. Like many people, you may have consulted an estate attorney to create a trust and will, ensuring that assets pass along to selected family, friends or institutions. However, like many people, you may not realize there is another step to take. A step that, if missed, could mean your wishes are not followed or your beneficiaries pay more taxes or wait longer to have access to their inheritance.

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