Every day I hear stories or talk to folks who were doing just fine, thinking they had a firm plan in place for their future, until someone (typically a spouse or a parent) gets sick. As the illness continues, now faced with long-term care expenses, they realize their ‘plan’ did not include nearly enough to keep up with the ever-increasing health care costs.
“How will we pay for this?” Is the number one question I hear regarding long-term care. Long-term care costs have two components, the nursing home, assisted living, or living situation, and the indirect component, the unpaid caregiving. The people who come in to help you, your family members, or the things that long-term care insurance doesn't cover. Did you know over $500 billion a year is spent in ‘unpaid’ caregiving in this country? And these costs get higher every year.
Can we commit to being alone together yet?
How soon can we safely meet as a small group of family members or close friends, commonly known during the pandemic as a “pod?”
As you wait for your turn to get vaccinated, you may be wondering if it's worth creating a pod to ride out the lonely days of winter.
Employee contribution limits will remain unchanged next year. The IRS isn’t increasing employee contribution limits for 401(k)s or flexible spending accounts for 2021.
Limits will remain the same with employees being able to defer up to $19,500 into a 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans at work. The limits also remain the same for employee catch-up contributions for those 50 and older, at $6,500. Last year saw a $500 jump in the overall employee contribution limit for 2020 plus a $500 rise in the catch-up limit.
For 2021, the dollar limit for employee contributions to flexible spending accounts, made pretax through salary reductions, remains unchanged at $2,750. However, for health FSA plans that permit the carryover of unused amounts, the maximum carryover amount for 2021 is $550, an increase of $50 from the original 2020 carryover limit.
If your financial situation has hit a rough spot, there are several things you can do to get your retirement plan moving in the right direction again.
Does it feel like the coronavirus pandemic has pushed all your retirement plans by the wayside? If you recently lost your job or had a reduction in income, you may not be thinking about your long-term future and retirement plans. You may only be focused on surviving from one day to the next.
Regardless of your current situation, all is lost when it comes to retirement planning.
You can get things moving in the right direction again. While there are no easy answers or quick fixes in these uncertain times, there are a few ways you can shore up your retirement plan and get it back on track. Here are some things to consider.
What is a Qualified Opportunity Fund and How Does It Work?
To defer a capital gain, a taxpayer has 180 days from the date of the sale or exchange of appreciated property to invest the realized capital gain dollars into a Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) Fund. The fund then invests in QOZ Property.
QOZs are designed to spur economic development by providing tax incentives for investors who invest new capital in businesses operating in one or more QOZs.
The IRS recently issued Notice 2020-39, which offers relief to both qualified opportunity zone funds (“QOFs”) and persons seeking to invest in QOFs who are affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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Sian-Pierre Regis, 35, is used to living with roommates. For the past 10 years he has split the rent on his apartment with two to three friends. But in June, he’s getting a co-tenant of a different sort: his 78-year-old mother, Rebecca. A situation neither of them ever expected would happen.
Rebecca has been able to live off her slim retirement savings and part-time work, but when the coronavirus pandemic hit, she found herself out of work, and at the end of May the lease on her subsidized housing expired making it impossible for her to pay her rent.
Mr. Regis is one of the growing number of millennials who are supporting their parents financially and, in some cases, giving them a place to live.