Yesterday was my second weekly visit to the AARP Tax-Aide office where I am volunteering as a tax preparer for elderly and low-income taxpayers. I had not originally planned on writing a lot about these experiences but it turns out I am learning so much – about people, not taxes – that I have decided to continue to share with readers.
I had five appointments yesterday and was able to complete five returns. All of the taxpayers that came in were retired (collecting pension income and/or Social Security). Here are my week two observations:
The election will be over in few days. The end of this interminable campaign has good and bad components. The good is that we will no longer be subjected to the candidates’ incessant misstatements of fact and making of promises that we know will be broken. The bad is that the media will dedicate even more coverage to the “economic crisis.” This will further reinforce the market-crushing fears in the minds of consumers and investors. Read more
Yesterday Mr. ToughMoneyLove received his annual Social Security Statement, including earnings history and the estimate of retirement benefits. It actually made me feel more secure in this time of economic upheaval. Skeptical? Read on. Read more
If you are one of the dwindling number of employees who have vested rights in a private sector pension plan (also known as a defined benefit plan), you should make it a habit to periodically check the financial health of the plan. Why should you do this? Because many prospective retirees are counting on receiving all of the pension benefits that they have been promised by their employers. Read more