Category: Retirement Planning

The High Marginal Cost of the Social Security Benefits Tax

In yesterday’s Dallas Morning News, financial columnist Scott Burns discussed the hard-hitting Social Security benefits tax.  Using Turbo-Tax, he demonstrates how middle-income seniors (those earning $41,343 to $77,343) are hit by the tax.  Since the income thresholds are not adjusted for inflation, but Social Security benefits are, more seniors will have pay the tax as […]

Seniors Are in Debt, But Not as Bad Off as They Could Be

Two year ago, I produced a piece on how baby boomers spend their money.  I wanted to find out why many of them were not nearly prepared for retirement.   This time around, I wanted to find out how senior citizens were spending their money.  A lot has changed compared to the same age group just 20 years ago: Today’s seniors (age […]

Retiring Soon? Pay off the House First

In 2011, the first of some 78 million baby boomers began retirement.  By the year 2031, the last year of the boomer generation will reach their full retirement age (67).  Many will consider moving to a less costly, low-tax state in an effort to reduce their living expenses.  However, more than half of those on […]

Major Tax Savings That May Not Be Around Next Year

There are several tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of the year.  While it is not yet known whether they will be extended into tax year 2014 (and it may be months before we know for sure), now is the time to assume their demise and take advantage of them this year.  […]

Retirement and Dependency (In Reverse)

A CNN Money article highlighted a recent survey examining worldwide retirement trends.  The survey, conducted by HSBC, found that 18 percent of Americans expect never to retire.  This is only slightly lower than the 19 percent of British who expect never to retire, but much higher than the global average of 12 percent. When I first read […]

Education Pays Off…Even 40 Years Down the Road

Note:  Guest blogger Lewis Warne, an NCPA research associate, talks about the importance of education to a comfortable and healthy retirement. I hope it comes as no surprise that education has long-term impacts through retirement. In my recent study More Education, Better Retirement, I found that more education increases retirement savings, reduces dependence on government, improves […]

Rich or Simply Frugal?

There is always a target for bad tax policy, and these days it seems to be the rich.  Every scheme designed to raise tax revenue is usually based on taxing the rich more, taxing the poor less, and generally redistributing wealth so that society is fair.  Sadly, however, the non-wealthy but frugal and hard-working citizen often […]

Old Retirement Rules are Now in Question

The conventional wisdom of playing if safe in the bond market may not be good for retirees after all, says the New York Times. The 4 percent annual withdrawal rule may also be out of date, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  

College Degrees: You Read it Here First (Again)

The recently reported on the diminishing value of the bachelor”s degree compared to a two-year degree at a community college.  With the billions of dollars of federal money poured into college aid and the predicted shortages of workers in jobs that require technical training, it is no wonder that more people are questioning the value […]

The United States of Cyprus: Will American Retirement Accounts be Raided?

cheap cad software p>As I skimmed through a copy of the president’s 2014 budget, which by the way, is chock full of fluffy spending at the expense of the taxpayer, I caught site of an interesting proposal regarding retirement accounts.   Let me back up a bit and rephrase myself — I caught sight of a “hair-brained […]