Personal financial planning

Americans’ personal financial satisfaction sees record rebound

The AICPA’s Personal Financial Satisfaction Index (PFSi) rose 99% in the third quarter, setting a new record for quarterly growth. This finding underscores this year’s economic volatility, as last quarter the PFSi saw its largest-ever quarterly decline.

ABLE account final rules provide wide-ranging guidance

Eligible individuals with disabilities received guidance from the IRS on the rules regarding ABLE accounts. Tax-favored ABLE accounts allow eligible individuals to save money to meet qualified disability expenses.

Time to consider a Roth conversion

A qualified rollover contribution to a Roth IRA or an in-plan rollover to a designated Roth account, known as a Roth conversion, can be attractive for CPA advisers' clients because it provides a higher net present value of cash flow from their retirement savings, benefiting themselves or their beneficiaries.

Slott and Thies receive PFP honors

Ed Slott received the Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education, and Zach Thies received the P. Thomas Austin Personal Financial Planning Scholarship.

Underemployment spurs record drop in financial satisfaction

The AICPA’s Personal Financial Satisfaction Index saw a record drop of 55% over last quarter. A 244% rise in underemployment was the factor most responsible for the decline, followed by drops in the CPA Outlook Index and job openings.

Ask the expert: Investing with an eye on taxes

Duncan Gates is Avantax’s Strategist–TSI Advisor Experience. In this role, he is responsible for providing education on tax-related topics and concepts, advisor training, and distribution of the Tax-Smart Investing platform.

Medicare changes in response to COVID-19

Recent changes to Medicare due to the pandemic include COVID-19 testing coverage, telemedicine coverage and a requirement that Part D plans provide a 90-day supply of covered drugs upon request. Medicare will also cover a vaccine if one is developed.

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100th ANNIVERSARY

Black CPA Centennial, 1921–2021

With 2021 marking the 100th anniversary of the first Black licensed CPA in the United States, a yearlong campaign kicked off to recognize the nation’s Black CPAs and encourage greater progress in diversity, inclusion, and equity in the CPA profession.