By Year End
- Fund Health Savings Account (HSA): For 2019, those in high-deductible health-insurance plans can contribute as much as $3,500 before taxes. For families, the figure is $7,000 and those age 55 and older can contribute an additional $1,000.
- Spend flex dollars: Unused funds in Flexible Spending Accounts are typically forfeited at year’s end, so make sure to tap them for eligible health and medical expenses by December 31. Some plans offer a “grace period” or may allow you to carry over some to use in the following year. Bottom line, check with your employer to confirm your plan’s deadlines.
- Contribute to a 529: Such contributions must be made before the end of the year in order to take advantage of any state-income-tax benefits or to be eligible for the federal gift-tax exclusion.
By Next Spring
- File taxes: Tax Day falls on April 15 in 2020. Even if you’re applying for an extension, you still must pay any taxes due by this date.
- Fund Individual Retirement Account (IRA): You also have until April 15, 2019, to max out your IRA for the 2019 tax year ($6,000 or $7,000 if you’re age 50 or older).
- Revisit tax withholding: Changes in dependents, income and marital status can all affect your tax bill. Use the IRS’s withholding calculator to ensure you’re withholding enough—but not too much.
- Confirm beneficiary designations: Make sure your current designations are still in line with your estate plan.
- Check your credit reports: Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, each of the national credit-reporting agencies is required to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, upon request, once every 12 months. Get yours at annualcreditreport.com.
- Review your insurance needs: Make sure your loved ones and the things you’ve worked so hard for are protected. Ensure that there are no gaps in your home, auto, business insurance coverage.
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