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    1. How Much Will Healthcare Cost You in Retirement? Try $369,000.

      How Much Will Healthcare Cost You in Retirement? Try $369,000.

      Certain retirement expenses, like transportation, utilities, and communication services, are fairly predictable. But if there's one senior expense that can be difficult to nail down, it's healthcare. There are so many variables that go into that equation, especially the evolving state of one's health. But there are estimates out there as to what healthcare in retirement will cost, and being aware of them can help seniors come up with a plan.

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    2. Is There a Wrong Age to Claim Social Security?

      Is There a Wrong Age to Claim Social Security?

      Is There a Wrong Age to Claim Social Security? Chuck Saletta, The Motley Fool Reblog A recent study is making headlines by claiming that somewhere in the neighborhood of 96% of retirees claim their Social Security benefits at the wrong age -- generally too soon to have optimized benefits. Despite any statistics that may have been misused by the study, as is usually the case, reality is a lot more nuanced than the headlines suggest.

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    3. Europeans Work 2 Months Longer Than Americans Do to Pay Their Tax Bill

      Europeans Work 2 Months Longer Than Americans Do to Pay Their Tax Bill

      The reason these countries have such high tax burdens comes down to one policy choice: expansive government welfare systems. A large welfare state is increasingly popular among American voters. Presidential candidates on the left almost universally have endorsed some version of “Medicare for All,” free college, a Green New Deal, paid family leave, and other expensive government programs. We are told not to worry about the cost. The rich will pay for all the new spending.

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    4. How Much Money Should You Keep In Your Checking Account At One Time?

      How Much Money Should You Keep In Your Checking Account At One Time?

      How Much Money Should You Keep In Your Checking Account At One Time?  this may sound like a silly question but the answer always escapes me. I rely on my checking account for monthly expenses and therefore have my paychecks deposited into that account. I don’t, however, want to lose out on the interest that I’d get by putting some of my monthly income into savings . So, how much of my money should I keep in checking vs. savings at any given time?

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    5. 4 Things You Must Do the Year Before You Retire

      4 Things You Must Do the Year Before You Retire

      4 Things You Must Do the Year Before You Retire  Retirement is an exciting milestone, but one you really need to prepare for extensively. If you're planning to retire in about a year's time, make sure to check these critical items off your list. 1. Evaluate your savings You're probably aware of how much savings you have in your IRA or 401(k) plan. But do you know how much annual income your savings will provide you?

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    6. Tax Season May Be Over, but You Can Make These 4 Moves to Lower Your 2019 Taxes

      Tax Season May Be Over, but You Can Make These 4 Moves to Lower Your 2019 Taxes

      Tax Season May Be Over, but You Can Make These 4 Moves to Lower Your 2019 Taxes  Save Now that summer is kicking into gear, many of us are more focused on barbecues and beach days than potentially tedious matters like taxes . And with your next return not due until April 2020, you may not have the patience or desire to deal with tax matters anytime soon.

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    7. 5 Steps You Can Take to Avoid Being Cash-Strapped in Retirement

      5 Steps You Can Take to Avoid Being Cash-Strapped in Retirement

      5 Steps You Can Take to Avoid Being Cash-Strapped in Retirement  Many workers worry about not having enough money in retirement, and that's certainly a valid concern. If you have a fear of struggling financially during your golden years despite making a solid effort to save, make these moves to lower those chances. 

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    8. How to Protect Your Elderly Parents from Fraud

      How to Protect Your Elderly Parents from Fraud

      Elder abuse and fraud—long a problem—are getting new attention these days.

      The United Nations designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and this month, the Justice Department Justice unveiled a Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force. It brings together many government agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Postal Inspection Service, to tackle fraud targeting American seniors.

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    9. What's the Difference Between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans?

      What's the Difference Between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans?

      What's the Difference Between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans?  Save One of the biggest decisions retirees have to make is how they are going to protect their health. The average 65-year-old couple retiring today will spend $285,000 on healthcare, according to Fidelity, but this number could be much higher if you develop a severe or chronic illness or if you choose the wrong Medicare plan.

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    10. What to know about Medicare before you retire

      What to know about Medicare before you retire

      Affordable medical coverage is something everyone wants, especially as people age. Luckily, our nation has safeguards for workers as they get older. Millions of people rely on Medicare, and it can be part of your health insurance plan when you retire. Medicare is available for people age 65 or older, as well as younger people who have received Social Security disability benefits for 24 months, and people with certain specific diseases.

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    11. The Self-Employed Worker's Guide to Social Security

      The Self-Employed Worker's Guide to Social Security

      Self-employed workers face some unique financial challenges, including extra hoops to jump through at tax time and no employer to match their retirement fund contributions. The rules surrounding Social Security are also a little different for these workers, and it's crucial that you understand them so you don't accidentally cost yourself benefits. Here's a look at how being self-employed impacts how much you pay into Social Security and how much you get out.

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    12. The Single-Best Reason for Boomers and Gen Xers to Take Social Security at Age 62

      The Single-Best Reason for Boomers and Gen Xers to Take Social Security at Age 62

      The Single-Best Reason for Boomers and Gen Xers to Take Social Security at Age 62 Despite a permanently-reduced monthly payout, one uncertainty may make an early claim worthwhile. Sean Williams ( TMFUltraLong ) Jun 22, 2019 at 6:06AM We're tasked with making a number of big decisions throughout our lifetimes, but perhaps none is as important as deciding when to begin taking Social Security benefits.

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    13. Here are the hot tax scams this summer

      Here are the hot tax scams this summer

      Scammers are now sending letters threatening to seize property, bank accounts and income to collect past-due state taxes, according to an alert issued Friday by the Michigan Department of Treasury.

      A taxpayer in Emmet County in northern Michigan received such a letter that appeared to look legitimate regarding an overdue tax bill. The letter even included specific facts about a real outstanding tax debt. That information likely was pulled directly from publicly available information

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    14. Did You Owe Money on Your Taxes This Year? You're in Good Company

      Did You Owe Money on Your Taxes This Year? You're in Good Company

      Did You Owe Money on Your Taxes This Year? You're in Good Company A large number of filers got an unpleasant surprise in 2019: a whopping tax bill.  Each year, the majority of people who file a tax return wind up getting a refund . And while that still held true for the 2019 tax season, a significant number of filers wound up in the opposite situation: They owed money to the IRS.

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    15. HSAs Provide A Sweet Tax Break, But Some May Increase Health Care Spending

      HSAs Provide A Sweet Tax Break, But Some May Increase Health Care Spending

      The idea behind HSAs was simple and elegant, in its way. Give workers generous tax breaks to put aside money to help pay for their health care. That in turn would make it easier for employers to offer those employees high-deductible health plans. The high-deductible plans put more of the burden on consumers, rather than insurance companies, to pay those first-dollar costs. In theory, the combination of HSAs and high-deductible insurance would encourage patients to reduce their medical spending and eventually lower the nation’s overall health costs.

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    16. What to Do With an Inheritance

      What to Do With an Inheritance

      Congratulations, you've received an inheritance! But you don't know what to do next or how to use it to reach your financial goals. Should you park the lump sum in real estate -- or an emergency fund? Invest in stocks or seek a high-interest bank account? Will you face estate taxes? It's important to learn about your options for an inheritance and to figure out how to best deploy those dollars.

      Failing to do so could cost you dearly. According to one study, about a third of those who receive an inheritance end up in the red after just two years.

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    17. Got an IRS Notice? Don't Panic

      Got an IRS Notice? Don't Panic

      Got an IRS Notice? Don't Panic  You submitted your tax return back in April and thought you were done with all things IRS-related until the following tax season. But what happens when you get a notice from the IRS in the mail? Your initial reaction may be to panic, but don't. Chances are, the IRS simply has an adjustment to your tax return, and addressing it as soon as possible is the easiest way to avoid unwanted trouble with the agency.

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    18. What to know before you retire with your spouse

      What to know before you retire with your spouse

      Getty Images Do you plan to retire at the same time as your partner? So many variables make it harder for modern couples to figure out the answer to that question. Today's seniors are healthier and active. Workplaces offer more flexible schedules. Health care costs may make it attractive for at least one partner to continue drawing benefits and a salary for longer than expected.

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    19. Most Americans Worry ‘Medicare for All’ May Raise Taxes, Poll Says

      Most Americans Worry ‘Medicare for All’ May Raise Taxes, Poll Says

      Most Americans Worry ‘Medicare for All’ May Raise Taxes, Poll Says Cristin Flanagan 1 / 2 Most Americans Worry ‘Medicare for All’ May Raise Taxes, Poll Says (Bloomberg) -- Most Americans think that ‘Medicare for All’ will drive up income taxes, according to a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, ahead of the Democratic presidential debates next week.While health care is a leading topic on the minds of Democrats and left-leaning independents before the debates kick off next Wednesday, 78% of U.S. citizens surveyed across party lines believe that a single payer system, known as Medicare for All, would drive ...

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    20. Is Medicare Free?

      Is Medicare Free?

      Millions of seniors get health coverage through Medicare once they retire. But many make one big mistake going into their golden years: They assume that Medicare is free. Medicare is actually made up of several distinct parts, but only one of them -- Part A -- is free. Part A covers hospital care, and technically, some people do need to pay for it, but it's free for most enrollees. Parts B and D, however, which cover doctor visits and prescription drugs, respectively, charge enrollees a premium.

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