Quick and Dirty Tax PlanningCheck your W4, review your year to date retirement contributions, update year to date business expenses, check for any tax losses in your taxable investment accounts
Catalysts for Action: Did you welcome a new family member? New job? Second job?
Speaking of Retirement Contributions: what about planning to Save More TomorrowTM ? This simply means to up your retirement deferral percentage next time you get a raise or COLA. Or you can increase your automatic contributions to savings in a similar manner.
Catalysts for Action: new job, promotion, COLA, side hustle
Organize Your Files for yourself, your business, your family. If you are hit by the proverbial bus, where is everything kept? Online in a folder labeled _____, in a home safe, safety deposit box, behind a password vault, under the mattress etc. This means life and death papers, but also the financial minutiae of daily life.
Catalysts for Action: a broken shredder, new caregiving tasks, becoming self employed, working from home
Mitigate Risk Did you have a big life event this year? (marriage, divorce, birth or adoption, commitment, new business etc.) Check for proper insurance coverage (s) and confirm that your written beneficiaries match your wishes. Retirement accounts and life insurance policy designated beneficiaries take precedence over a different designation in your will. (meaning they will supercede your written will wishes)
Catalysts for Action: How old is my will? Do I have a will? Do my children have guardians?
Check Your Spending [Plan] Winter family holidays can be expensive, as they can involve family obligations (real or perceived), special food and drink, travel, and gifts. What is your spending plan? Experiences, gift cards, or wish list items from an online shopping cart? Practical, homemade, high quality, fast fashion? Do you tithe or make additional charitable donations at the end of the calendar year? Are any of those decisions made by the entire family? Some families involve their children in their charitable choices, which allows for immersion, learning, and connections to the world around them.
Catalyst for Action: What holidays are celebrated on your family calendar?