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Nothing is certain except death, taxes, and market volatility.

As part of our new program, CensiblyYours Financial Wellness Tools, we’ve partnered with Kaye Captial Management to help make you make smarter investment decisions. We spoke with their investment experts about ways for retirement savers to survive the market’s ups and downs.

In general, how do market downturns impact 401k accounts?

Investing in the stock market comes with inherent risks, including market volatility. One key to mitigating these risks is to take a long-term approach to investing. Retirement plans, like 401ks, should be seen as long-term investments that can handle market downturns, especially for younger participants. Think about the mountain of a stock market graph—although there are fluctuations downward, the general trend is positive. As such, sit tight with market downturns, because a well-diversified portfolio should net a positive return over the long term.

For individuals closer to retirement, choose assets with less risk to maintain principal. Because you have a shorter time horizon, selecting lower risk assets may not generate a high yield, but should help you retire comfortably by preserving principal.

How should 401k investors react to market volatility?

Market fluctuations are part of the game when it comes to investing. If you are properly diversified and you are able to stomach the volatility, you will be better off in the long-term.

Participants who are not in target date funds or models should rebalance their portfolios during market volatility to make sure their accounts have appropriate risk parameters.

How does market volatility impact retirement savers over 50, or those close to retirement?

Market volatility is more impactful for those over 50 because they have a shorter time horizon for investment than younger participants. However, those over 50 tend to know what it’s like to go through market fluctuations, so they understand that although the market can be is volatile short-term, investing for the long-term can contribute to the growth of your nest egg. A participant over 50 is better served to invest in less-risky assets to preserve their principal. By doing so, they mitigate the potential for a major crash just before retirement.

People close to retirement do not have the luxury of waiting out volatility. Older savers should look at their total portfolio risk exposure and decide if they are comfortable with the risks they are taking in their portfolios.

What steps should retirement savers take now to prepare for a potential market downturn?

Rebalance your portfolios, or ensure your investment third party accommodates automatic rebalancing, to ensure proper diversification to mitigate short-term market downturns. Modern portfolio theory dictates that diversifying your portfolio among asset classes allows for a much more consistent and stable return on investment. Rebalancing annually also ensures the participant that they are properly diversified.

Savers should consistently monitor their portfolios and rebalance them to the correct risk tolerance they believe is right for them. You cannot predict a market turndown, but you can prepare by ensuring your portfolio has the appropriate amount of risk for the return you expect.

Generally, how important a consideration is age when planning for retirement as part of a couple? Is this something couples tend to overlook?

Investing early, and often as a couple, can dramatically impact your success for retirement and is often overlooked at a young age. Compounding interest generated over time benefits those who save early and can put you well ahead of your peers, helping you retire on time.

More important than age is creating a financial plan and sticking to it. Understanding where your money is going on a daily basis and creating a plan for the future is necessary for success. Each person is different; some want to work until they are 70 while others want to retire at 60. Creating a plan and sticking to it will help couples identify the best time to retire.

What value does a partnership with Ubiquity provide to your company?

Ubiquity provides a comprehensive financial planning product through the CensiblyYours solution. This solution helps employees allocate their retirement money based on the level of risk appropriate for their age, while providing a financial planning tool to help employees hit their retirement goals.


This blog serves as information material from Kaye Capital Management (“KCM”) and does not serve as investment advice or recommendations by KCM or Ubiquity Retirement + Savings (“KCM”). Please remember that past investment performance is not be indicative of future results.  Different types of investments are associated with varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by Kaye Capital Management (“KCM”), or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this newsletter will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful.  Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this newsletter serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from KCM or Ubiquity.  To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing.  Both Ubiquity and KCM are neither law firms nor certified public accounting firms and no portion of the newsletter content should be construed as legal or accounting advice.  A copy of the KCM’s current written disclosure Brochure discussing their independent advisory services and fees is available upon request. Ubiquity is not affiliated with any independent services you may solicit from KCM.

This week we were excited to announce the launch of CensiblyYours Financial Wellness Tools, our newest innovation to help small business employers and employees make the most of their retirement plan and improve their overall financial health.

As part of our new suite of offerings, we’re providing participating savers access to Edukate, a fintech benefits platform that empowers employees through personalized financial education and guidance. So what exactly is financial wellness and how does it create a more productive, engaged workforce? We sat down with the experts at Edukate to discuss how investing in your employees’ financial well-being can set your business apart in the marketplace.

Define what financial wellness means to Edukate.

The concept of financial wellness can be a bit overwhelming as there are a number of definitions out there.

At Edukate, we believe financial wellness is the relationship between a person and their money.

A financially healthy employee is actively managing their day to day spending, is confident as to how they can protect themselves from future unexpected life events and is saving for their financial freedom.

How can companies adopt and promote financial wellness in 2019?

Open enrollment isn’t the only time you can make a difference in how your employees interact with their benefits.

Platforms like Edukate are breaking the mold of having to roll out benefits during open enrollment. The majority of Edukate’s plans are implemented outside of an open enrollment period.

When you’re looking for a financial wellness benefit, it’s important to find a platform that meets the specific needs of your organization.

For example, if employees aren’t participating in your 401k, find out why. Employees may cite reasons such as not fully understanding the program or that they have other financial concerns they want to address first.

A strong financial wellness platform for your organization can educate users on how to use their 401k program and how they can tackle other debts or financial stressors to be able to start participating.

Typically, employees only hear about voluntary benefits right after launch or when they’re just starting at a company. To keep employees engaged, we recommend quarterly campaigns to ensure employees understand and feel empowered to use their benefits.

What are the key components to a company’s financial wellness program?

Like any benefit, a financial wellness program should be easy to access, administer, and use.

At Edukate, we focus on three key areas for success.

The first is employee engagement. Many employees never engage with their benefits because they’re boring and uninviting. By offering personalized guidance and interactive content, we’ve rethought employee engagement from the ground up.

The next is platform scalability. Edukate makes it easy to customize your employees’ experience, communicate with them, and get in-depth insights into how they are doing.

Lastly, is system integration. We are a one-stop benefits destination for employees by providing guidance for financial challenges and connecting them with the employer benefits that matter to them most— all while cultivating a culture of positive wellness.

Why is financial wellness important for employee retention?

There are plenty of statistics about how financial stress affects employee engagement and productivity.

When an employee is disengaged at work, the organization suffers. Lackluster productivity, absenteeism, and negative attitudes are common side effects.

When you offer benefits that employees need and want, they’re more likely to use them.

And if those benefits can help employees reduce their financial stress, productivity and engagement increases. When employees feel empowered by their benefits offerings, sentiments about their employer increase as well.

For some employees, this favorable perception of their employer drives loyalty to the organization.

The same survey also found that many employees would prefer more robust benefits offerings over an increase in salary.

Happy employees are productive employees.

How does achieving financial wellness work in tandem with saving for retirement?

Edukate’s approach to financial wellness is to help employees navigate every aspect of their financial lives, including managing their spending and saving habits, preparing for the future, and saving for retirement.

By helping employees address their financial stressors and feel more confident with their financial decisions, we believe that employees can better prepare for the future.

As employees learn about their personal finances, Edukate recommends existing employer benefits like retirement accounts to help them achieve their goals.

How does Edukate help promote financial wellness, and what inspired the company to pursue this mission?

Edukate was created with a belief that traditional retirement and financial education are broken and that there were better ways to help employees achieve their financial goals.

At Edukate, we empower employees to practice confident decision making to best utilize the benefits that matter to them most.

We accomplish this by offering an exceptional online platform that connects employees with education, tools, and benefits most relevant to their needs.

What has been the biggest barrier for small business to provide financial wellness benefits?

Even though financial wellness benefits can provide a positive return on investment, securing budget for a new benefits platform can be tough.

When working with small businesses, we work to find ways to rollout financial wellness in phases to different employee groups to give HR managers room to grow the program over time.

Why was a partnership with Ubiquity important to your company?

Partnering with Ubiquity offered Edukate a way to scale a financial wellness resource to smaller employers.

We recognize the need for small business owners to provide robust benefits to their employees. Nearly 90% of employees in the US work for employers with fewer than 20 employees.

Because retirement planning is one of the key focus areas of Edukate’s platform, partnering with Ubiquity helps us connect employees with the resources they need to fully prepare for retirement.

This blog serves as information material from Edukate and does not serve as investment advice or financial recommendations by Edukate or Ubiquity Retirement + Savings (“Ubiquity”). To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with and independent professional advisor.  Both Ubiquity and Edukate are neither law firms nor certified public accounting firms and no portion of the newsletter content should be construed as legal or accounting advice.

Financial management – especially for small businesses – can be a daunting task. That is why at Ubiquity we have made it our purpose to help make your retirement savings work for you. Our organization specializes in selling 401k plans to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

401k plans help small businesses attract and retain the best of the best employees. More importantly, small business owners can make good financial sense with a 401k plan without incurring additional training requirements and risk associated with inexperienced workers.

Since 1999, we have established several diversified 401k plans to help grow small businesses. We pride ourselves on each retirement consultant having knowledge and experience in retirement savings and financial management. Our unparalleled commitment to helping our clients is unmatchable.

That is why during this Financial Literacy Month, we offer these exclusive tips to help you in your business growth.

#1. Simplify your accounting process with streamlined tools.

The most crucial aspect that comes with owning a small business is the accounting process. It involves accurately documenting financial transactions in a comprehensive and systematic manner. The steps involved include:

  • Opening a bank account
  • Tracking your expenses
  • Developing a bookkeeping system
  • Setting up a payroll system
  • Analyzing any import taxes
  • Coming up with ways to be paid by clients
  • Establishing sale tax procedures
  • Calculating your gross margins, and
  • Evaluating your business methods.

Accounting is of paramount importance as it helps put complicated financial transactions in a format that can be easily understood. Not surprisingly, it can definitely also be one of the most boring and annoying parts of running your own business. In fact, almost half of small business owners said bookkeeping was their least favorite task.

And the more time the business owners spent running their businesses, the more they loathed the task — 58 percent of business owners working 60 or more hours a week said that bookkeeping was particularly draining.
-Entrepreneur

Luckily, there are lots of all in one accounting tools out there to help manage your small business financials like Intuit Quickbooks, Freshbooks, and Sage.

#2. Sales Forecasting is Paramount. 

This process entails estimating future sales. Every business must anticipate its viability in the coming years in order to make adjustments accordingly. Since 1999, Ubiquity has helped many small businesses to make informed retirement decisions based on long and short-term performance.

It is easier for any profit-oriented organization to forecast its future by use of its past sales data. This begs the question, “what about new businesses that do not have sufficient past sales information?” Of course, these setups can use advanced methods such as competitive intelligence and market research techniques to make a sales forecast.

#3. Tighten up your cash flow management

Cash flow management, as the name suggests, involves tracking the money coming in and out of a business. This process helps in the prediction of how much money will be in your company in the future. Notably, it helps to know how much money a small business will need to cover its debts. The process entails:

  • Measuring the cash flow
  • Improving receivables
  • Managing payables, and
  • Surviving shortfalls.

Cash flow management is vital because it helps business owners in maintaining running capital. It’s important to know your breakeven point (where your revenues meet youur expenses) and to pay attention to it as you grow your business.

#4. Streamline your human capital management 

Human capital is a fancy term used to skill and experience gained by individuals that is crucial to a small business. It involves a measure of education, capacity, skills, and attributes that affect an employee’s earning potential and productivity capacity. Luckily there are an incredibly wide range of cloud-based solutions to help simplify your all your HR tasks. Make sure to take your time when comparing HR solutions and review all the details to make sure you find a product that gives you exactly what your small business needs.

#5. Keep Up With Paper Work

The Power of Balance Sheets and Profit Loss Statements

Balance sheets are an accounting tool which is a statement of business’s liabilities, assets, and equity at a particular point of time. In simple terms, it explicitly provides a financial position (net worth) of a small business at a moment in time. This data helps keep track of company performance because it covers all the operations of a business.

A Profit Loss Statement (sometimes called a P&L statement) outlines the costs, expenses, and revenues incurred during a certain period. This duration can either be a fiscal or calendar period, quarterly or annual interval. It is synonymous to the income statement and outlines an organization’s financial position. Sometimes people confuse P&L statement with a balance sheet, but as you can see, they are nothing alike.

Overall, the aspects above are very crucial for any business, but especially for the small business owner.

Want to learn more about retirement planning for small business? Get the Definitive Small Business Guide to 401k 

It’s no secret that the life of a small business owner is a lot of work. Especially in situations where you only have a few employees (or none at all), you have to act like the Swiss army knife of your business––ready for anything and prepared for any situation. So, why add the hassle of having to pay for and run a retirement plan along with everything else? You might even wonder, is my business too small to for a 401k plan?

Here’s the scoop: A 401k is no longer a benefit reserved exclusively for large businesses with budgets to match.

There are budget-friendly, easy-to-use 401k solutions designed specifically for small businesses. Small business owners can now take advantage of the business tax benefits of a 401k plan and offer competitive retirement plan benefits for employees.

Not too familiar with 401(k) plans? No problem.

What is a small business 401k?

First things first: A 401k plan is a type of company retirement plan under Section 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code. That part isn’t so important — here’s what is: A 401k allows you to save for retirement by putting away money on a pre-tax basis, which helps you to lower your taxable income. What’s that mean to you? It means you’ll get less of a tax bite on your annual salary in the short term, while your long-term investments grow tax-free until you’re ready to retire. Some 401k plan providers (including Ubiquity) also offer an after-tax (Roth) option, which means you won’t be taxed at the time you withdraw that money because you’ve already paid taxes on it.

A small business 401k is defined as a 401k plan for a company with anywhere from one to 100 employees. Here at Ubiquity, we specialize in the retirement plan needs of small and growing businesses, including owner-only and start-up businesses.If your business only employs you, your spouse or partner, and employees who would not be eligible to participate in a plan, a Single(k)® plan would your best option.

Small business 401k plans offer unique benefits to both business owners and their employees who participate in the plan.

Busting 401k Myths

Myth #1: 401k plans are too expensive for small businesses.

It’s true that many 401k plans are designed to only suit larger businesses. But the growing trend is to offer efficient, Web-based 401(k) plans that are more affordable to businesses of all shapes and sizes. Plans cost less than a daily latte, and employers have options for splitting costs with their employees.

Myth #2: 401k plans require an employer match.

An employer match or profit-sharing contribution is entirely optional with a 401k. If you choose to offer this feature to your employees, it could help to boost participation. Keep in mind that employer contributions are also tax-deductible for your business.

Myth #3: Our employees won’t participate because they don’t make enough money.

There is no minimum contribution required with a 401k. Offering an employer match can provide additional incentive for your employees to participate in the plan.

Myth #4: It’s too complicated.

Starting a 401k plan doesn’t have to be convoluted. With the right plan, you can get a new plan running in just a few hours of your time. And it’s easy to manage, with tools and reports available right at your fingertips.

You’re contributing to your workplace retirement account–that’s great! But how are you dealing with the taxes of the money you can contribute. There are two ways you put money into your 401(k) retirement plan– pretax or Roth.

Pretax contributions are the traditional form of 401(k). This means contributions come out of your paycheck before taxes, and are your distributions in retirement are taxed. This is useful if you’re earning more now than you plan to in retirement. Plus, you lower your taxable income in the present!

Think of the Roth 401(k) as the rebellious little sister of the pretax 401(k). Introduced in the early 2000s, it takes the tax treatment of a Roth IRA and applies it to your employer-sponsored plan. That means contributions come out of your paycheck before taxes, and distributions in retirement are tax-free. That means you don’t pay taxes on your investment growth!

Let’s look at the similarities (and differences) between the two retirement contribution types.

The 401(k) contribution limit is $19,000 with an additional $6000 if you are 40 or older. The conribution limit is the same whether your 401k deferrals are made pretax, Roth, or a combination of the two.

Traditional 401(k) plans are pretax savings accounts. This means your contributions are made before they've been taxed. Roth 401(k) plans are post-tax savings accounts. This means your contributions are made after they've been taxed.

If you contribute to a 401(k) plan at work, your employer can choose to match a percentage of your contribution. Any employer match will be taxable in retirement.

All About Withdrawals: In a traditional 401(k) distributions in retirement are taxed, just like ordinary income. In a Roth 401(k) there are no taxes on qualified distributions in retirement.

 

Learn more

Curious about different types of retirement accounts? Learn the difference between an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and a 401(k).

If you’re a small business owner and need a 401k plan for yourself and your company, only Ubiquity offers flat-fee plans plus free expert advice. We’ll fully customize your 401k to meet the specific needs of your small business.

Check out our cost-effective, plan solutions

How’s Your Financial Health?

Dylan Telerski / 15 Aug 2018 / Personal Finance

financial checkup

We all get check-ups to make sure our bodies are well and tune-ups to make sure our cars are running smoothly. But when was the last time you checked in on your financial health? If it’s been a while, we’ve got some tips to help you get started.

1. Dust Off Your Budget

If you haven’t been following a budget lately, now is the time to jumpstart the habit. A budget is your best tool for tackling any financial difficulties and achieving goals for future you! Budgeting lets you plan how you want to spend your money, while tracking your spending habits. When you track your spending consistently and stay on budget, you can start making things happen so that you reach your financial goals. Budget apps like Mint make it easy to connect to your bank account and see where your money goes. After you’ve done that, it’s up to you to split your income between bills, necessities, savings, and fun.

If you’ve already set up a budget, this step should be simple. Take a second look at where your money goes. It’s easy to overlook your gym membership getting more expensive or your car insurance going up a couple bucks. Those types of changes can add up quickly and have a big impact on your financial life.

No matter your starting point, once you’ve gone through your budget, it’s easier to search for places where you’re overspending. Are you really using all of your subscription services? Do you need to be celebrating Taco Tuesday that often (and did you need that extra margarita)? Can you stream a little less and get a smaller data plan? Try it! We believe in you.

2. Set it and Forget it!

Have trouble saving as much as you should? You’re not alone! Consider harnessing the power of automatic savings contributions. Having money taken out of your paycheck before you see it, streamlines the savings process and curbs temptation. It’s hard to spend money you don’t gain access to, whether by having money from each paycheck filter directly into a savings account or into your company’s 401(k). If you already have automatic deposits set up for your emergency fund and retirement accounts, nice work! Now consider increasing your contributions.

Once you automate your savings, take it a step further and automate your bill pay. You should always review your bills for accuracy, but paying at least some of them automatically will save you some hassle—and ensure your payments are always on time. To prevent any account-draining surprises, you may find it better to only automate bills that are the same every month (like your cable bill), rather than ones that vary every month (like your credit card bill).

3. Give Your Credit a Checkup

Credit Scores are often used as the barometer of your financial health. The higher your score, the more financially stable you seem. Knowing your credit score is essential—in the words of the old Schoolhouse Rock cartoons, “Knowledge is Power”. Even if the number isn’t as high as you’d like, your financial picture can’t get better until you have a picture of where you’re starting from.

Approximately 36 billion pieces of credit data are reported every year, so reporting mistakes are nearly inevitable. Since errors in your public records, personal information, and credit accounts can cause your credit score to tank, it’s important to keep a close eye on your credit. Any credit accounts listed that don’t belong to you could be a tip-off to identity theft or credit card fraud.

Luckily, you can request a free credit report every year from each of the three major consumer reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). Or do it our favorite way, which is to request one free report from a different bureau every four months and monitor your credit throughout the year.

 

So, what’s on your financial to-do list? If it’s learning about retirement options, we can help! Learn how you can get on the path toward a financially secure future with Ubiquity

 

4. Take a Peek at Your Debt

It’s really easy to put your head in the sand and not acknowledge the debt you have. Look at your credit card balances and other loans. Has your level of debt changed since the last time you checked? If it has decreased, way to go! You’re on your way. If it has increased, maybe it’s time to look at your budget again and find where you’re overspending. This is also a good time to check your interest rates,and see if you’re in a position to save by refinancing.

 

5. Review Your Retirement Plan Contributions

There’s no question that saving consistently for retirement is an important step toward a more financial future.  By starting to save as much as you can now, you will have the freedom to choose how you want to live when you retire. And since your 401k contribution comes out of your check pre-tax, you lower your taxable income. In a way, it’s like paying for your 401k with money that you otherwise would have spent on your taxes. In 2018, you can contribute up to $18,500 to your 401(k) if you’re under 50 or $24,500 if you’re 50 or older.

At first glance, borrowing money from your 401(k) plan may seem the easiest, cheapest, and most sensible way to get the funds you need for a major purchase (like a new home or a car), to consolidate other debt, or for any other reason.

After all, it’s your money. You don’t need to fill out any lengthy forms or reveal personal credit information, the interest rate is usually lower than a bank or lending institution, repayment is easy, and you’d be paying the money, plus interest, back to yourself.

In some cases, this may be true if you really need the funds and don’t have any other suitable alternative. But there are drawbacks to borrowing from your retirement plan that can have a major impact on your future by limiting the amount available to you at retirement.

You lose the compounding advantage.

One of the major advantages to saving in a 401(k) plan is the ability of your money to compound on a tax-deferred basis. Over time this can be a powerful tool in building funds for your retirement. Borrowing from your account slows that compounding growth and you lose the time value of the money you borrow. The amount you borrow from your 401(k) account immediately stops earning whatever investment returns you would earn if it remained invested in the available funds.

Paying yourself interest isn’t that good a deal.

Your loan repayments are made with after-tax dollars. But that money is being paid into a tax-deferred plan account. When you are ready to retire your distribution (including your loan repayments) is considered a taxable event. This means your 401(k) loan payments are taxed twice. In addition, a loan from a retirement plan is considered a consumer loan and the interest is not tax-deductible, as it would be for a home equity loan.

The disaster of default.

Perhaps the most compelling reason not to borrow from your 401(k) plan is what can happen if you terminate your plan with an outstanding loan balance–or if you are simply unable to make your payments. If you terminate your plan for any reason while you have an outstanding loan, the remaining loan balance is due immediately. If you can’t afford to repay the loan in full, the entire outstanding principal becomes taxable and is deemed to be a distribution.

This can spell disaster.

Not only will you have to pay a tax on the distributed amount at your regular tax rate you will also be hit with a 10% non-deductible Federal tax penalty and a state penalty if the state you live in has one (if under age 59½). Depending on the amount it adds to your taxable income, the loan distribution may actually push you into a higher tax bracket–making costs even higher. The additional costs created by a loan default can be financially devastating.

Of course, it’s still comforting to know that if the need arises you do have access to your 401(k) funds. But if you consider taking a loan against your retirement, be sure to take all the consequences into consideration.

 

Want to learn more?

Check out this jargon-free glossary to 401(k) loan terms

Watch our retirement expert Andrew answer your 401(k) loan questions

As tongue and cheek as this may be, it’s easy to nickel and dime your way out of retirement without even knowing your doing it. Want to know how? Check out this infographic on how you can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in your retirement by eating a few less tacos.

This year’s tax time deadline is April 17, 2018. To help you prepare, our partner, TaxAct, compiled these effective time and money-saving tips.

1. File now rather than later! Rushing to finish your taxes at the last minute can easily lead to avoidable typos. If you’re waiting to file because you owe taxes, you can e-file now – just schedule your payment anytime before April 17. Filing earlier can reduce your chance of tax return identity theft. The sooner your return is filed, the less opportunity there is for someone to file a fraudulent tax return using your name and Social Security number.

Reminder: Calendar year S and C corporation returns are due March 15. Personal (form 1040) and partnership (form 1065) returns are due April 17.

2. Get organized. Gather all your tax forms, statements, and receipts you will need before you start your taxes. You’ll finish your taxes faster and more easily. A simple way to make sure you don’t forget anything this year is to use your 2016 return as a reference.

3. Don’t pay too much to do your taxes. In just a few minutes you can compare the top DIY brands but don’t forget to ask these questions. How much is their product? Does that include the forms you need for your tax situation? Does that price include your state income tax return? Remember, since you don’t typically pay until you’re ready to file, you can take most online products for a drive.

Bonus for our blog reader: Save on TaxAct’s individual, partnership and corporate tax filing solutions now at www.taxact.com/ubiquity.

4. Double check your return for typos. Before you e-file, make sure this important information is correct on your return:

  1. Birth dates
  2. Social Security numbers
  3. Names, especially of dependents – must be identical to what’s on Social Security cards
  4. Bank routing and account numbers

5. Choose the fastest path to your refund. E-file and choose direct deposit to get your refund the fastest way possible. The IRS issues more than nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days.

Learn how you can lower your taxes in 2018 with a small business or solo 401k plan from Ubiquity

The New Year is is a great time to check in on your financial plan, make sure you are on track to meet your goals and get a head start on the path to your retirement security.

To do this, it’s crucial to consult great financial resources. That’s why we compiled a list of our favorite recurring TweetChats that offer tips and success stories from some of the best minds in finance.

1. Experian #CreditChat

Every Wednesday at noon PST/ 3 p.m. EST, use #CreditChat to follow a panel-led discussion hosted by @Experian about all things personal finance. Ask questions and learn smart strategies to manage student debt, credit scores, retirement savings and other timely topics.

2. Wise Bread Chat

Looking for creative or DIY ways to save money? Follow #WBChat on Thursdays at noon PST/ 3 p.m. EST to learn how you can take back control of your resources to reach, and even exceed, your financial goals.

3. MoneyChat

Led by personal finance expert and coach @DorethiaKelly, this biweekly chat takes place every first and third Monday of the month at 5 p.m. PST/ 8 p.m. EST. Follow #MoneyChat for the latest in business trends and personal finance advice.

4. BizHeroes

If you’re an entrepreneur interested in starting or running your own business, tune into this weekly chat on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. PST/ 2 p.m. EST. #BizHeroes covers a wide variety of small business topics, such as tips for running a business on a tight budget. This chat’s objective – help small business owners succeed!

5. #CashChat

Brush up on how to maintain healthy relationships with your money and credit by tuning into #CashChat. Tarra Jackson, aka “Madam Money” hosts this chat every Friday at 9 a.m. PST/ 12 p.m. EST.

Have you participated in any other TweetChats that propelled you or your business to the next level? We’d love to hear about them! Tweet the chat name and the lesson you took away from it to @UbiquitySavings.

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