Are you looking for new ways to stretch your budget and save on taxes? If so, consider taking advantage of the health savings and/or spending accounts that may be provided by your employer. These tools offer potential tax advantages and savings opportunities.
You're interviewing for a new job, and you ask whether the company offers a retirement account. The employer says yes, and you move on to other topics. When you accept the job, you enroll in the retirement account and begin making contributions, but later on, you're disappointed by your savings.
If you are contributing to a 401(k) plan, you probably enjoy seeing those savings increase each year. When you change jobs, you may think of that money as a way to pay moving expenses and other costs connected to starting a new position. Or, you may think of the account as a way to save for a house or another large purchase, or to borrow money for your child's education.
Before parents tell their kids how they should plan for the future, they should be prepared with solid advice—advice they’ve incorporated into their own financial planning, regardless of which life stage they’re in.
Many Americans often look forward to receiving a tax refund. But before splurging on a dinner out or a weekend getaway, consider these steps to put your tax refund to work this year, setting yourself and your family up for long-term financial success.