The CARES Act, a direct response to the economic turmoil caused by COVID-19, sought to provide economic support to millions of Americans. This support extended to the way taxes are filed and processed for 2020, creating additional benefits depending on your circumstances. Read on to learn five ways the events that took place in 2020 could affect your taxes.
“It turns out my job was not to find great investments, but to help create great investors,” writes Carl Richards, author of “The Behavior Gap.”1 From increasing our budget mindfulness to taking a steadier approach to investing, Richards has drawn attention to the way our unexamined behaviors and emotions can be our detriment when it comes to living a happy and financially sound life.
In many cases, we make poor financial decisions when experiencing panic or anxiety as a result of personal or widespread events. Over the course of last year, the Coronavirus is one such event that has affected nearly every industry and home as people and governments continue to take action to keep themselves and their community safe. The virus continues to evoke fear and panic as the number of affected individuals rises.
With the tax season officially upon us, it's likely you'll be reaching out to your CPA or financial advisor to begin the tax filing process shortly (if you haven't already). Before doing so, it may be helpful to know what your tax bracket will likely be this year - especially if COVID-19 impacted your earnings.
Your view on money is shaped by many things - how frugal your parents were growing up, how your partner spends money today, your income level and your overall financial literacy. But one factor you may not have considered before? Your Enneagram type could explain a lot about your spending habits. Developed in the mid-twentieth century by Oscar Ichazo, the “Enneagram of Personality Traits” is considered to be “a modern synthesis of a number of ancient wisdom traditions.”
Whether you’re new to the stock market or a seasoned investor, it can be hard to keep your emotions in check. As you hear unsavory news about a company you’ve invested in, your first instinct may likely be to sell your shares. Yes, their stock may drop in the following days or weeks, but when it comes to the stock market - it’s important to think long term. Selling your stock now based on an emotional response could mean you miss out on significant earnings years or decades later down the line. Before you risk that chance, we have four easy tricks you can use to help avoid investing with your emotions.
Virtually all industries have been forced to adapt to protocols determined in response to COVID-19 - but it’s safe to say none has likely been more strained and more quickly revolutionized than the healthcare industry. Naturopathic doctors have altered the way they interact with patients and manage their practice.
Even once the pandemic is over, everlasting changes in the United States healthcare system may likely remain. Here’s what we could expect to see changing in the healthcare industry in 2021 and beyond.
Classic investments, like stocks, are not the only investments taxed by capital gains. Capital gains taxes can apply to any other property that acquires value over time. These taxes are calculated by subtracting the cost of the investment from the final selling price of said investment. This final amount is reported as capital gains. But, the final amount can be taxed at different rates depending on the investment type and total monetary gain.
With one of the most contentious elections in history behind us, President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is set to take office on January 20. In anticipation of a new administration, high earners especially are left wondering - how will the Biden presidency affect me financially? Until Biden takes office and begins enacting changes, we won’t know for sure what to expect. But based on his official campaign platform, past interviews and projections, we can better prepare ourselves for the potential changes to come.
There comes a point in nearly everyone's life when they begin to wonder if they should continue to rent or make the step of purchasing a home - but throw a global pandemic, low mortgage rates and a crazy housing market into the mix, and it makes the choice a whole lot more complicated. Furthermore, since January 2020, home sales have been steadily increasing.
2020 has been quite the year, to say the least. With only one month left, everyone is ready to put the year behind us and try to start fresh. From the coronavirus pandemic to economic shut downs, many have felt the financial strain. If you are looking to start 2021 off on a better financial note, these seven moves will (hopefully) help make your year less stressful.
As a Californian, you’re no stranger to high taxes. In fact, California comes in at number one for the country’s highest income tax - 13.3 percent.1 And if you’re a high earner, you could be subject to an even bigger tax hit soon with the country’s first proposed wealth tax.
The season isn’t complete until you’ve watched your favorite holiday movie, right? And with the world continuing to social distance, it’s likely you’ll have some extra time on your hands this month to relax, unwind and enjoy some Christmas classics.