Tax Fraud

Tax Fraud: The IRS Dirty Dozen List

The Criminal Investigation (CI) unit is a special criminal division of the IRS. The CI is tasked with investigating and uncovering tax-related crimes and prosecuting these cases. Each year the CI provides the IRS an annual report detailing the work of the CI and highlighting their successes and enforcements related to tax and financial crimes…. Read more »

Save Money

Saving Money Isn’t a Luxury — It’s a Necessity

Saving money can often be a challenge—especially during times of financial uncertainty. As humans, we’re wired to take care of our needs now, and worry about later… well, later. However, saving money is a critical component of financial wellness.  Here, we break down why saving (even a small amount) can make all the difference: Saving… Read more »

Employer Insurance

I’m Looking for a Job. How Can I Tell if an Employer is Offering a Good Insurance Benefit Package?

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER Ultimately, an employer is offering a good insurance benefit package if it’s one that appeals to you and meets your needs. But here are some specific things you might look for. Perhaps the most important piece is the health insurance offered. You’ll want coverage that adequately meets your medical needs. Hopefully,… Read more »

Save Money

15 Clever Ways to Cut Costs

During our recent webinar presentation, Money Management in Turbulent Times, we asked our attendees to collaborate and share their top tips for cutting costs. Cutting costs is an important strategy for stretching your budget so you can pay your debt down faster or hit your savings goals quicker. Check out the top 15 tips to cut costs… Read more »

understanding Tax Brackets

Understanding Tax Brackets

There are many misconceptions about how marginal tax brackets work and how they impact your federal tax return. This is what you need to know: For the 2020 tax year (to be filed by in 2021), the IRS set marginal rates of 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35% and 37%. Your tax rate depends on… Read more »

Identity Theft Myths

Top 10 Identity Theft Myths

In today’s world it is more important than ever to focus on the things that we can control to better safeguard our financial future. It’s easy to get complacent, lulled into a false sense of security, when there are many other more urgent things to think about. That’s why we assembled the Top 10 Identity… Read more »

Sweetheart Scams

Beware of Sweetheart Scams

Sweetheart scams, also known as romance scams, are becoming increasingly common as people seek out connections online. The FTC reports that Americans lost over $209 million to sweetheart scams in 2019 — which is 40% more than reported the previous year. Sweetheart scammers seek out their victims online, through social media or dating websites. While… Read more »

Your 2021 Financial Checklist

Your 2021 Financial Wellness Action Plan

If your New Year’s resolution is to renew your focus on financial wellness, this 7-step financial action plan will give you the tools you need to succeed. The best part? It’s easy! 1. Check Your Credit Report Credit report errors are more common than you might think, and errors negatively impact your credit score. A… Read more »

Synthetic Identity Theft

Synthetic Identity Theft

The holidays are upon us, and so is the increase in risk for identity theft. Fictional characters are a big part of the season, but sadly they’ve also become a big part of identity thieves’ tool kits as well. According to a Federal Trade Commission Report, over the last five years, Synthetic Identity Fraud has… Read more »

Holiday Shopping

Online Holiday Shopping — Buyer Beware!

The rise of online shopping during the pandemic has led to a proportional increase in online fraud and scams. As the Holiday season approaches, we want to make sure you are armed with the knowledge and the skills to protect yourself. With a little awareness, you can avoid online shopping fraud as the busiest time… Read more »