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March 15, 2020
Do I need to file a tax return if my only income is Social Security?

Submitted by anonymous. That’s a great question, as many Americans’ only source of income is Social Security. Social Security income is taxed for federal and state income tax purposes. If your earned income exceeds IRS 2019 filing guidelines, you are required to file a tax return with the IRS and in most states. Do I…

February 05, 2020
Can I transfer my HSA to another financial institution?

I have a HSA through my company. I don’t like their services and investing options. Can I transfer some of the funds I have to a new account at another financial institution? Submitted by Sudawan K. Take a moment and pat yourself on the back for planning ahead for your medical expenses. Not everyone does,…

December 20, 2019
Can I file taxes if my income was only SS and SSI?

Submitted by Veronica C. Living on only social security income tells me that you are resourceful and doing a good job managing your money. (SS is the benefit that you pay into during your working years and SSI is supplemental income designed to provide additional support for specific situations.) This question is tricky because I’m…

November 20, 2019
How much should I save if I’m in debt?

How much should I save monthly if I am in debt? Or what percentage of my income should I save if I am in debt? Submitted by LaTisha V. When we have debt, our priorities can change completely. To start, we have to remember that not paying our debt w...

January 03, 2020
How can I get started with low-risk investments?

How do I begin with low risk investments? For example CD’s, money market accounts, etc. Submitted by Deirel M. First of all, way to go! Investing is all about preparing for your future and the fact that you’re clear that you want low ri...