The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. Taxpayers will incur no interest, penalties, or additions to tax during this approximately one-month relief period for any return or…

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On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, another relief package in response to the pandemic. Included in the bill were several provisions related to education, including many changes to financial aid. Here are some key highlights. Money for education In total, the bill provides $82 billion for education, including $22.7 billion…

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Employer-sponsored qualified retirement plans such as 401(k)s are some of the most powerful retirement savings tools available. If your employer offers such a plan and you’re not participating in it, you should be. Once you’re participating in a plan, try to take full advantage of it.  Understand your employer-sponsored plan  Before you can take advantage…

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Leonard Rickey Investment Advisors will soon be asking for trusted contact information. Providing contact information is optional, but we suggest you consider adding 1-2 people to your accounts. We will send the request to you via email.  Please contact us if you have any questions.  What is a “Trusted Contact” A trusted contact is a person that…

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On Sunday, December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA 2021) was signed into law. A $900 billion emergency relief package is included as part of this omnibus spending bill. It is intended to assist individuals and businesses during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and accompanying economic crisis.  Major relief provisions are summarized here, as well…

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The window for many tax-saving opportunities closes on December 31. It’s important to evaluate your tax situation, while there’s still time to affect your bottom line for the 2020 tax year. Your specific circumstances should be considered, so please reach out if you have any questions. Timing is Everything Consider any opportunities you have to…

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November 1 Begins Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Marketplaces Beginning on November 1, 2020, individuals (including families) may apply for new health insurance, switch to a different health-care plan, or re-enroll in their current plan through a Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The open enrollment period for 2021 health coverage ends…

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What would happen if you were mentally or physically unable to take care of yourself or your day-to-day affairs? You might not be able to make sound decisions about your health or finances. You could lose the ability to pay bills, write checks, make deposits, sell assets, or otherwise conduct your affairs. Unless you’re prepared,…

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