Federal Withholding

Each April many taxpayers are surprised as they realize that they have either over-withheld or under-withheld on their taxes. Use this paycheck withholding calculator at least annually to help determine whether you are likely to be on target based on your current tax filing status and the number of W-4 allowances claimed. Then make adjustments to your employer W-4 form, if necessary, to more closely match your federal tax liability. In the event of a projected tax surplus, you may be able to increase your W-4 paycheck withholding allowances and, thereby, increase your paycheck amount.

Note: This calculator uses the withholding tables released by the IRS in 2019.

Credit Card Payoff

Americans today owe more money than ever before. The fact that ‘interest never sleeps’ means that the situation will continue to worsen unless steps are taken at the individual level to reduce or eliminate debt. Additional monthly payments can make a difference to accelerate the payoff and save yourself hundreds and thousands in interest payments. Use our calculator to figure out when you can pay off your credit card.

Cost of Waiting

A penny saved is a penny earned, but a penny saved today is a penny potentially earning more. Use this calculator to determine how much more you could accumulate at retirement by beginning your savings plan today rather than waiting.

Cash Flow

Businesses generate a source and uses of funds statement to evaluate their income and expenses and to check profitability. Similarly, a cash flow statement can help you evaluate your personal income and expenses and see if you are running ‘in the red or the black’ each month.

Asset Allocation

Over 90 percent of investment returns are determined by how investors allocate their assets versus security selection, market timing and other factors.* Use this calculator to help determine your portfolio allocation based on your propensity for risk.

* Source: Brinson, Singer, and Beebower, ‘Determinants of Portfolio Performance II: An Update,’ Financial Analysts Journal, May-June 1991[

Estate Taxes

In 2020 estates worth up to $11.58 million will be excluded from paying the federal estate tax. This means that the federal government could ‘inherit’ a significant portion of your estate unless you take measures to preserve your wealth. Use this federal estate tax calculator to estimate your tax liability.

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Social Security

Once you claim your Social Security benefit, it is the benefit you will receive for the rest of your life.  Watch the video below for more information.

Stock Market History

Looking back on the history of the stock market, one can see the trends of bull and bear markets that seem to repeat themselves.  Watch the video below for more information and learn why market “biorhythms” should be of interest to you.