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The New MyRA - From the Department of Bad Retirement Ideas

The New MyRA – From the Department of Bad Retirement Ideas

By The Banker | Investing, Personal Finance, Taxes

The federal government – following an idea proposed during Obama’s January 2014 State of the Union address – will role out a new simplified IRA plan later this year, designed as a starter retirement account, known by the catchy name MyRA. Geared to lower- and middle-income earners, the accounts will have the following features: 1. Automatic deduction [&hellip

The Good Old Days of Filing Income Taxes - 1948 Edition

The Good Old Days of Filing Income Taxes – 1948 Edition

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Taxes

For Throwback Thursday, the first day of Spring, and just three weeks until income tax returns are due, I offer up this vintage 1948 Federal income tax for 1040. My friend – whose grandfather worked in the steel industry in Youngstown, OH – found his old tax return and thought Bankers Anonymous readers would get [&hellip

College Savings v. Retirement Savings

College Savings v. Retirement Savings

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Taxes

An astute reader pointed out some qualifications to my Friday post on 529 college savings accounts – specifically, reasons not to fund them.  The most compelling reason, coincidentally covered in the next day’s New York Times, is that funding your 529 accounts is not as important as funding your 401K retirement account. The New York [&hellip

Ask an Ex-Banker: Should I open an IRA?

Ask an Ex-Banker: Should I open an IRA?

By The Banker | Ask an Ex-Banker, Blog Posts, Investing, Personal Finance, Taxes

Dear Banker, I’m ready to purchase IRAs for my husband and me. We had fun as young 20-somethings and didn’t start saving anything for retirement until our 30s, and even then, sometimes one of us was not always able to set aside money into the 401K/403b offered by employers. So, I figured an IRA would [&hellip

The Problem of Tax Code Complexity

The Problem of Tax Code Complexity

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes

With the nightmare US debt default temporarily avoided, let’s review some basics. The budgetary responsibility of the US Congress has two parts: 1. Set spending levels (money outflow) and 2. Set taxation levels (money inflow) Congressional rhetoric in the recent nonsense weeks mostly focused on spending (money outflow), whereas the harder but more meaningful discussion [&hellip