Kiplinger: Paying for Long-Term Care from Your 401(k) Could Put You in Danger of a Major Tax Bite

If you’re like most retirees, a significant portion of your retirement savings is in pre-tax accounts such as a 401(k), 403(b) or IRA. And like most retirees you’re probably concerned about how best to cover any future long-term care costs that might arise. According to this recent article from Kiplinger, if you were counting on…

If You’re Over 70 ½, there’s a Critical Tax Deadline Looming Just Days Away – and Missing It Will Cost You Plenty

Most people with retirement savings in a tax-deferred account – typically a 401(k) or 403(b) account – know that sooner or later the IRS is going to want their tax money. That’s why the rules governing these accounts allow savers to deposit tax-deferred funds only up to a certain age, after which withdrawals have to…

Receiving a Pension? IRS Warns You to Check Withholding Now or Face an Unwelcome Tax Surprise Later

President Donald Trump’s tax cut plan which took effect in 2018 has reduced income taxes for many Americans and is credited by supporters with helping boost the U.S. economy. But hidden in the new law is a potentially unwelcome tax surprise for many retirees, according to your friends at the Internal Revenue Service. An Unhappy…

Dipping Into Retirement Savings Too Soon Leads to Debt

A pair of articles we recently discovered on a website called “AZCentral” (part of the USAToday network of news outlets) seems to reinforce the idea that the financial outlook for many retirees can best be described as precarious. These articles, written by reporter Russ Wiles, suggest that too many pre-retirees are tapping their retirement savings…

Tax Law Brings Seniors Some Good News: Higher Medical Deductions

We discovered this article just a few days ago on the website of USAToday, and it represents a bit of unexpected good news for seniors in the tax reform package recently passed on Capitol Hill and signed by President Trump.  According to finance columnist Susan Tompor, “Some retirees are grumbling that young families are getting…

Reverse Mortgage Could be One Solution to Sky-High Property Taxes

It has been called “a bombshell,” “a perfect storm” and “a tsunami.” No matter what you call it, it’s one of the leading topics of conversation here in the Puget Sound area where AgingOptions is based. What’s causing all this conversation and consternation? In two words, “property taxes” – or, more to the point, it’s…