Articles Tagged with Pensions

5.22.17Before you tell HR what your final day of work will be, there are more than a few details that you need to cover to prepare for taxes, make the most of any potential benefits and start retirement on the right foot.

If there’s a retirement season, it’s spring or early summer, when it feels like it did when the school year ended! But before you start planning your retirement party, Kiplinger advises you to take these steps first, as explained in article, “4 Actions to Take If You’re Retiring in 2017.”

Make sure to get the match. Your employer may “match” and/or offer “profit-sharing” contributions to your 401(k) or other retirement plan. You typically must be actively employed on the date of payment in order to receive these funds, so be sure that you understand the terms before setting your final work date.

8.29.16Think of an estate plan as a love letter to your family after you have passed.

You’d be surprised at how many people you know don’t have a will or an estate plan in place. They may be among the many who have an unspoken belief that if they don’t have a will, they won’t die. That would be terrific—if it were true. Or, they think that only people who are wealthy or have complex tax issues require estate planning.

The Sabetha (KS) Herald’s recent article, “Understanding the estate planning process,” says that both of these ideas are wrong because your level of wealth and the ultimate tax consequences of your estate take a back seat to the planning and care of your family and other heirs.

6.20.2016The defined-benefit pension is a rare bird today. But if you are lucky enough to have one, don't assume that your distribution will go smoothly. Here's how to protect yourself.

For millennials, the idea of a pension plan that pays benefits from the time you retire to the day you die is an unheard of concept. Fewer and fewer American companies offer this benefit, so if you are among those who have a defined-benefit pension, congratulations. But don't assume that the check is in the mail. A recent investigation by the Department of Labor into some of these large plans shows that more than $500 million is owed to retirees.

Kiplinger's article, "Missing Pensions Costly to Retirees," reports that since last summer the Labor Department has investigated more than four dozen large pension plans and has found staggering results: some of them are not doing a very good job of monitoring retired participants and paying benefits when they're owed. Some plans don't even have the names or ages of many of their participants.

Money in mousetrapThe woman Benny claims took advantage of him was his second wife. He says after he had a stroke, she threw him in a nursing home and never saw him again.

At one time, World War II veteran Benny Goo was very affluent with a gorgeous home in Hawaii. Now, Benny has nothing. He says that a woman named “Barbara” stole $2 million from him, which forced him to sell his home.

According to a KLAS TV(Las Vegas) news report posted on the station’s website, titled "Veteran claims elderly abuse by ex-wife," Benny believes that “Barbara”—the woman who took advantage of him—was his second wife. Mr. Goo said that when he had a stroke, Barbara placed him in a nursing home. He never saw her again. However, Barbara was busy cleaning out his bank account and switching his Social Security and pension checks to be deposited directly into her accounts.

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