Tax Deductions, Identity Protection, Vesting, and Credit Reports. We all need reminders.
Knowledge is retirement power
Looking to reduce your taxes? It’s always good to remind yourself that your workplace retirement plan offers one of the best tax breaks available. That’s because your contributions may be excluded from your federally taxable income (as well as taxable state income, if applicable). Just think of the tax savings you could realize if you contributed the maximum allowed in 2020 to your 401(k) plan ($19,500, plus another $6,500 if you are age 50 or older)! Not only do you get some nice tax savings each year for contributing to your plan, you’re also helping to set yourself up for the possibility for better financial results years down the road.
With identity theft, data breaches, ransomware, and spyware becoming more and more common, it’s more important than ever to protect your financial information — especially if you handle most of your financial business online. Managing your various passwords is probably one of the most important things you can do. A good rule of thumb is to reset your financial log-in passwords every 90 days, and don’t use the same password for more than one account.
Q&A for Retirement Plan Participants
What does it mean to be “vested” in my retirement account?
“Vesting” means that you own all of the money in your workplace retirement account. You are always 100% vested in your own contributions to your plan, but your ownership of your employer’s contributions may be governed by certain vesting rules. For example, you may become 100% vested only after a certain number of years of employment. You can check with your benefits administrator to confirm your vesting schedule.
Tools & techniques
Many identity theft victims have found out about credit accounts opened in their name by reviewing their credit reports. That’s one reason financial professionals recommend reviewing your reports regularly. The reports generally contain the same information, so you should consider requesting and reviewing one agency report every four months, which allows you to keep a closer eye on your reports and still obtain them without cost. Be sure to use the free site www.annualcreditreport.com to obtain your reports. The site also includes additional information, tips and resources for safeguarding your identity.
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For plan sponsor use only, not for use with participants or the general public. This information is not intended as authoritative guidance or tax or legal advice. You should consult with your attorney or tax advisor for guidance on your specific situation.
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©2020 Kmotion, Inc. This newsletter is a publication of Kmotion, Inc., whose role is solely that of publisher. The articles and opinions in this publication are for general information only and are not intended to provide tax or legal advice or recommendations for any particular situation or type of retirement plan. Nothing in this publication should be construed as legal or tax guidance; nor as the sole authority on any regulation, law or ruling as it applies to a specific plan or situation. Plan sponsors should consult the plan’s legal counsel or tax advisor for advice regarding plan-specific issues.