Understand Your Social Security Retirement Benefits

For years, people have questioned the viability of the Social Security system going forward. In July, the Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. What's My FRA? Your full retirement age (FRA) depends on the year in which you were born. Year of Birth Full Retirement Age 1937 or Continue Reading

FAQs about Social Security Retirement Benefits

For years, people have questioned the long-term viability of the Social Security system. In June, the Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. It projects that the combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds will become depleted in 2034. Continue Reading

Save Taxes with Employer-Provided Transportation Fringe Benefits

The Internal Revenue Code allows some worthwhile tax breaks for transportation-related employee fringe benefits. They're intended to persuade you to give up your gas-guzzling vehicle when commuting to work and instead "go green." If your employer offers these tax-favored benefits, you should consider signing up. Here are the specifics. Favorable Tax Treatment The employer-provided benefits Continue Reading

Important Tax Figures for 2016

The following table provides some important federal tax information for 2016, as compared with 2015. Many of the dollar amounts are unchanged or have changed only slightly due to low inflation. Other amounts are changing due to legislation. Social Security/ Medicare 2016 2015 Social Security Tax Wage Base $118,500 $118,500 Medicare Tax Wage Base No limit No Continue Reading

IRS and Social Security Announce Increased Benefits for 2015

With the 2015 tax year right around the corner, there is good news coming from the IRS. According to a recent announcement, the tax agency has increased several tax breaks due to inflation adjustments. Social Security Checks to Increase Too Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in Continue Reading