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Can you Deduct Job Search Expenses?
Tue, 11/26/13 | 6 Comments
Can you Deduct Job Search Expenses?

Back before I started tactically itemizing taxes, I had no clue that you could deduct job search expenses on your tax return.
The IRS does allow you to deduct job search expenses – as they are …

Bikes Outselling Cars? The Return of the Bicycle
Mon, 11/25/13 | 7 Comments
Bikes Outselling Cars? The Return of the Bicycle

So here is some geeky exciting news from good ole’ NPR that shows new bicycle sales are now far outpacing new car sales in Europe.
For a guy who bike commutes most of the year (and …

The Current “State of Retirement” for Gen X & Y
Thu, 11/21/13 | 15 Comments
The Current “State of Retirement” for Gen X & Y

I hate to break it to you. But somebody has to.
You’re not going to hear it from your parents, your employer, or your spouse. And the news media would rather focus on more trivial matters.
It’s …

Reader 2014 Health Insurance Premium Price Change Roll Call
Tue, 11/19/13 | 12 Comments
Reader 2014 Health Insurance Premium Price Change Roll Call

We’ve been discussing HSA’s, HDHP’s, and the new insurance exchanges a lot lately, as 2014 marks the first year of the new public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.
Love it, or hate it – the …

If you have a Pension, Get to Know the PBGC
Mon, 11/18/13 | No Comment
If you have a Pension, Get to Know the PBGC

If you’ve only ever had access to a defined contribution retirement plan like a 401K or 403B, you have little stake in the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).
Defined contribution plans are, by nature, fully funded …

Qualifying for the Saver’s Tax Credit in 2013 and 2014
Wed, 11/13/13 | 5 Comments
Qualifying for the Saver’s Tax Credit in 2013 and 2014

This post has been updated for the 2013 and 2014 tax years.
What is the Saver’s Credit?
The Saver’s Credit (aka the ‘retirement savings contribution credit‘) is a lesser known, highly advantageous tax credit that the IRS …


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