For years, experts have been saying that everyone – including average citizens – needs to have some type of emergency fund in place to help them get through any “rainy days” that may lie ahead. The advice usually varies depending on the source, but most recommend having an emergency fund equivalent to at least three months of a person’s income ready to go in the event that they need it.
The tax code places limits on the amounts that individuals can gift to others (as money or property) without paying taxes. This is meant to keep individuals from using gifts to avoid the estate tax that is imposed upon inherited assets. This can be a significant issue for family-operated businesses when the business owner dies; such businesses often have to be sold to pay the resulting inheritance (estate) taxes. This is, in large part, why high-net-worth individuals invest in estate planning.
A new year is nothing if not a new opportunity – and one that it would be an absolute shame not to take full advantage of. Every January, people make countless New Year’s resolutions. Some want to lose weight; others want to become more productive. One of the most common, however, involves boosting your savings – or lack thereof.