31 05, 2020

Far-Reaching Effects of This Pandemic on Social Security and Taxes

Long after the restaurants and hotels are open again, the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will still be felt by many individuals and the country. During this time of widespread unemployment, less is collected in payroll taxes that fund Social Security, while emergency federal spending has increased significantly. Here are potential far-reaching effects of [...]

29 05, 2020

How To Stay Independent When You Have To Self-Quarantine

Even as life starts to return to normal for some, those 50 and over may be advised to limit contact with others to avoid catching COVID-19. This can be difficult when you or an older parent need something done around the house. Here are three ways to stay independent when you have to self-quarantine. Reduce [...]

17 05, 2020

Tax Minimization in 2020 and Beyond

As the coronavirus spread, the government stepped in with unprecedented economic interventions, from direct payments to Americans, to relief for businesses. While these measures may be necessary to mitigate the damage done by the virus and the economic shutdown, they’ve also resulted in a ballooning of the national deficit.[1] U.S. government debt could soon rise [...]

11 05, 2020

Should You Claim Social Security Early Due to Financial Hardship?

If your financial or employment situation has changed due to coronavirus, you may be rethinking your Social Security claiming strategy. While you can claim Social Security benefits as early as age 62, you will receive a permanently smaller benefit. If you wait to claim past your full retirement age, your benefit will increase by 6 [...]

8 05, 2020

3 Common Coronavirus Scams to Watch Out For

During a time when many people are searching for information about the coronavirus, scams are proliferating. Fraud related to the stimulus checks, malicious websites and products, and fake charities are popping up more frequently, so you should know what to look for. Here are three common coronavirus scams. Stimulus Check Scams The government has sent [...]

4 05, 2020

How The Coronavirus Shutdown Could Affect You in the Long-Term

Recent events have everyone wondering when a sense of normalcy will return. But the answer isn’t as simple as hoping for a date when stay-at-home orders will be lifted. No one knows if there is a long recession to come, or if the economy will bounce back in the near future. Although things may seem [...]