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Spring Cleaning in Your Financial House

Spring is in the air, which for many means waking up from hibernation and cleaning out the clutter. But don’t forget about clearing the cobwebs from your “financial house,” too! Even if you recently took a look at your finances as you prepared for tax season, there still may be some items that could use your attention. The following list highlights five commonly neglected areas.

 

Dust off your credit report and score

If you’re planning to buy a home or make another major purchase, a good credit rating can be critical. Businesses also inspect your credit history when evaluating applications for insurance, employment, and even leases. With so much in the balance, it’s important to review your credit report for accuracy at least annually. Plus, it’s a good way to catch signs of identity theft.

Tips on Saving for Retirement

When it comes to saving for retirement, one of the most important things you can do is contribute to a retirement account. Whether it be $25, $500, or $1500 per month, getting started and automating the process is a huge first step.

The next step is to identify what type of account to contribute to.  

Employer Sponsored Plan vs. Individual Plan

Many people have access to an employer sponsored plan at work, most commonly a 401(k).  

 

Coordinating with Your Tax Professional and Financial Advisor

Many of us have questions about how the new tax law will affect us going forward - namely, will I be paying more or less tax?!

Here are a few things for you to keep in mind as you prepare to meet with your tax professional this year:

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017: What Taxpayers Need to Know

On December 22, 2017, the President signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the act or TCJA). The legislation makes significant changes to the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), including individual, corporate, and gift and estate taxation.

 

Individual income tax changes

Although the act maintains seven tax brackets, these brackets will change.