The estate tax is a tax on property that transfers to others upon your death. Estate taxes are due on the total value of your estate — your home, stocks, bonds, life insurance, and other assets of value. Everything you own, whatever the form of ownership, regardless of whether the assets have been through probate, is subject to estate taxes. Read the rest of this entry »
Many Americans realize the importance of saving for retirement, but knowing exactly how much they need to save is another issue altogether. With all the information available about retirement, it is sometimes difficult to decipher what is appropriate for your specific situation.
One rule of thumb is that retirees will need approximately 80% of their pre-retirement salaries to maintain their lifestyles in retirement. However, depending on your own situation and the type of retirement you hope to have, that number may be higher or lower. Fortunately, there are several factors that can help you work toward a retirement savings goal. Read the rest of this entry »