New Proposal Could Help Small-Business Employees Save for Retirement

Multiple employer plans are one option for small employers President Obama released the final proposed budget of his presidency on Feb. 9, and several items focus on financial resilience and retirement security, issues on which AARP has long advocated. Social Security provides the most important base of income, but Social Security was never intended to be the sole source of retirement income. In addition, we need a strong and adequate employer-based system. Access to a workplace retirement plan is critical …

How to Make Your Financial Dreams a Reality

Celebrating Black History Month is a tremendous opportunity to acknowledge our past achievements, address present challenges and dream about future possibilities. The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspires us to dream about a future that affords us to live in comfort and prosperity. He encourages us to build a legacy of hope and freedom that can be realized in every aspect of our lives. It is in that spirit that we encourage you to evaluate your dream of …

Worried About Back-to-School Expenses? Search for the Best Dollar Deals

In just a few weeks, many students will find themselves back at school with newly purchased clothes and supplies. The back-to-school season can be an expensive time for parents and grandparents, but it doesn’t have to be — if you plan carefully. Here are a few money tips to get you started. Stick to Your Budget As with any event, have a budget. So, what’s your budget for sending the kids — or even yourself — back to class? Back-to-school …

Be Generous, but Give What You Can Afford

African Americans/blacks have a history of giving. More than two-thirds give to churches and organized charities. We also give to family members who need help paying bills, college students who need tuition assistance and others. We are responsive to our churches and Greek-letter organizations that make appeals. >> AARP Financial Freedom: News, Tips, and Resources for Your Financial Health I applaud the giving tradition and am, indeed, part of it. Yet it is important that our gifts are part of …

Obama Budget Would Drastically Alter IRA Rules

President Barack Obama calls them loopholes, although investors consider them playing by the rules. Yet under the president’s newly released budget, some of the tax strategies used by high-income earners to contribute to Roth IRAs or maximize the tax benefits on inherited IRAs would go away. Right now, to make a full or partial contribution to a tax-friendly Roth IRA, income must be under $131,000 for an individual and $193,000 for a married couple. High earners have gotten around this by …

President’s Budget Would Trim Estate Exemptions

President Barack Obama’s proposals to increase middle-income tax cuts would come partly at a price to the estates of higher-income households. Under the new budget released Monday, the president calls for turning back the clock on estate taxes to 2009, when an individual could shelter $3.5 million — double that for married couples — from the federal estate tax. Currently, the exemption amount is $5.43 million per person. The top tax rate on estates would also go up under the president’s …