Why are soap operas so riveting? Is it because the characters are larger than life and always, always live in a really big, fancy house, regardless of their profession or income? Or, maybe it’s due to the fact that despite everything being over the top—from the plot to hairdos—there is a kernel of truth in these stories … something that resonates with us.
That’s why we think “All My Paychecks” will resonate with you. Indulge in a few minutes of guilty pleasure and watch (all three episodes!). Then let us know what you think.
You’ve just become disabled, but you’re not worried. Why? Because you think Social Security disability payments will “take care of you.” Really? According to statistics from the Social Security Administration, the average person who has qualified for Social Security benefits receives $1,125.10 a month.
If you’re making $50,000 per year, how long could you (and your family) survive on a disability payment of $1,125.10 per month? That’s only $13,501 per year, or 27% of your income. This assumes you qualify for benefits, and not everybody does. And if you do, it may still be more than two years—yes, years— before you start to receive any payments. What will you do in the meantime?
It’s time for you to protect your paycheck.
What am I talking about? You protect your home by insuring it against loss. You do the same for your car, boat, motorcycle, RV and personal property, but have you insured your paycheck?
Yes, I am talking about disability insurance. You protect your worldly goods with insurance, and you also need to protect your income against loss. If you become ill or injured and are unable to work, disability insurance pays you a percentage of your income until you can return to work.
May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month, the perfect time to talk to us and learn how to protect your paycheck.
-Marvin H. Feldman, CLU, ChFC, RFC, President and CEO of the LIFE Foundation
Don’t Let These Myths Stop You From Getting the Proper Coverage
Figuring out if you need disability insurance is pretty easy. If you have a job, you need it. Why then do the majority of American workers lack this basic protection? Common misconceptions are largely to blame. Here I will debunk four of the big myths surrounding this essential insurance coverage.
1. Myth: “I’d rely on my savings until I could get back to work.”
Reality: Most people overestimate the resources they have to cover their expenses if a disabling illness or injury kept them from earning a paycheck. According to a LIFE Foundation survey, half of working Americans say they couldn't make it a month before financial difficulties would set in, and more than one in four would have problems immediately. Keep in mind that disabling illnesses or injuries often last for months or even year.
2. Myth: “I don’t need it – I don’t work in a dangerous profession.”
Reality: You actually have a three in 10 chance of suffering a disabling illness or injury during your career that would keep you out of work for three months or more. While it’s true that people in professions like farming, law enforcement, and construction face greater risks, the odd of suffering a long-term disability are high for all workers because illness – not accidents – account for 90 percent of disabilities that keep people out of work.
3. Myth: "The government provides assistance when people get disabled."
Reality: According to the National Safety Council, 73 percent of long-term disabilities are a result of an injury or illness that is not work-related and therefore wouldn’t qualify for state-based Workers’ Compensation programs. If you were hoping for Social Security disability benefits, know that about 45 percent of those who apply are initially denied, and those who are approved receive an average monthly benefit of just $1063, which would leave you with an income barely above the poverty online. Government programs are a good back-up plan, but shouldn't be your main line of defense.
4. Myth: “I have disability coverage at work.”
Reality: Disability insurance through work is a great benefit, but you need to find out exactly what coverage you have. According to the U. S. Department of Labor, more than 70 percent of employers don’t offer long-term disability coverage. And short-term or partial coverage wouldn’t be enough to allow you to meet your current and future financial obligations if you were unable to work for an extended period of time.
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If you find you owe tax after completing your federal tax return but can't pay it all when you file, the IRS wants you to know your options.
Here are four tips that can help you lower the amount of interest and penalties when you don’t pay the full amount on time.
1. File on time and pay as much as you can. Filing on time ensures that you will avoid the late filing penalty. Paying as much as you can reduces the late payment penalty and interest charges. For electronic payment options, see IRS.gov. If you pay by check, make it payable to the United States Treasury and include it with your return.
2. Consider getting a loan or paying by credit card. The interest and fees charged by a bank or credit card company may be lower than IRS interest and penalties. For credit card options, see IRS.gov.
It's April already. Are your taxes done? If your answer to the question is no, you are not alone. The Internal Revenue Service says as many as 25 percent of taxpayers file their returns the final two weeks before the filing deadline. The bad news for procrastinators is that they do not have the few extra days to get the job done as they have in the past with a weekend deadline and Monday Patriot's Day Holiday. The traditional tax return filing deadline is April 15 of each year, and April 15, 2015 comes a few days after Patriot's Day here in Massachusetts so you do not have extra days to timely file this year.
If you have not completed your taxes yet, here are some stress-relieving ideas:
Don't Procrastinate Anymore - Resist the temptation to put off your taxes until the very last minute. Your return takes time to prepare and your preparer may need to request certain documents from you, which will take additional time.