Without fail as Tax Day approaches every year, the mind whirls while you check boxes and fill in numbers about everything you could have, should have, would have done to save more money on taxes. Could you have saved more? Invested better? Been smarter at charitable giving? Probably. It’s too late for some money-saving measures in the last minute lead up to the deadline for filing your taxes, but one you can take on simple measure to maximize your tax advantages (perhaps now, and certainly later)—set up a Roth IRA account.
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The term beneficiary crops up every now and again. Usually you’ll see it on an insurance form or hear about it in relation to a will, but despite the nonchalance we toss the term around with, beneficiaries are incredibly important. Let’s break down the details on how and why beneficiaries matter.
Many people deal with credit card debt all of their lives with most of them giving little or no thought to what happens with their debt after they die. The fact that nearly 60% die without a will is a strong indication that they’ve given absolutely no thought to it. As a consequence, those that survive the debt holder are often left to deal with a myriad of issues that can be time-consuming and unpleasant. Credit card debt doesn’t simply evaporate when someone dies.
Life happens, and, when it does, it sometimes has a tendency to get in the way of the things we are trying do for ourselves and our families. The one certainty on which we can count is that life is full of uncertainty, so why aren’t we more prepared? Most people are just a paycheck away from financial disaster, yet the odds of an unexpected occurrence such as a job loss, a medical emergency, a debilitating accident, or even a death in the family are fairly high when you consider them all together. Taken as whole, the question is not if a financial disaster will strike, but when.
Think back to those early days in life when it seemed like everything in the candy aisle was free if you begged your parents hard enough. Not a fleeting thought was given to the expenses of a vacation or the copay costs at the doctor. There’s something beautifully unburdened in the way which children experience the world: recklessly present and innocently ambivalent. Teaching your children lessons about money from a young age won’t crush that. What it will do is to set them on a path to future financial success with enduring financial concepts.