How to Bridge the Retirement Gap - Making up lost ground quickly

What is your greatest financial fear? For some people, it is outliving their retirement savings. Besides the inherent volatility of economic markets and concerns about the viability of Social Security in the future, you may not have been able to save enough to secure a comfortable retirement. As things stand now, you may be afraid you will face a retirement “gap.”

But all is not lost. First piece of advice: Don’t panic. Even if retirement is imminent, you may be able to make up lost ground quickly or take other steps to protect yourself. Next, here are several practical ideas to consider.

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IRS Issues Warnings on 2016 Tax Scam - Avoid schemes on new “Dirty Dozen” list

As evidenced by the list of the "Dirty Dozen" tax scams recently released by the IRS, the tax swindlers are getting smarter every year. Here is a summary of the 12 notorious scams to watch out for in 2016.

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Four Basic Baskets to Interest Expense - Divide Interest into these Categories

Are interest expenses deductible? The answer is a complicated “yes and no.” Essentially, it depends on the type of interest expense incurred. Although there are technically other types, interest expenses can be lumped into four main baskets for tax purposes.

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Bigger Tax Rewards for Your Generosity - Special Tax Breaks for Gifts of Property

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made news recently by promising to give away 99% of his net worth, including his Facebook shares, to charity. The arrangement takes advantage of a unique tax break for charitable gifts of appreciated property, such as stock.

Background: If you have held property long enough for it to qualify for a long-term capital gain if you had sold it—in other words, more than one year—you can deduct an amount equal to the property’s fair market value (FMV). On the other hand, if the property would not qualify for long-term capital gain treatment on a sale, your deduction is limited to your basis in the property, which is often its original cost.

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Q&A About Early Retirement - Is it a pipe dream or possible reality?

After fighting the rat race for years, many Americans dream of an early retirement. For instance, you might be contemplating such a move on your own, or perhaps your company is preparing to make you an early retirement offer. Whether or not you can afford to retire early, or really want to, may depend on the answers to the following questions.

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