Tips For Holiday Tipping

While you may not feel the need to tip everyone wearing a reindeer hat and gesturing towards a tip jar with a cute saying on it, remembering the people who work in your home during the holidays is the right thing to do. Whether someone is helping you with your… Continue Reading..

Positive Examples Of Powerful Women

One of the common threads I see across every segment of society is the dilemma of the less-monied spouse. That means one spouse, usually the woman, is dependent on her husband for basic needs like food and shelter. What’s worse, she often lacks the resources to move out on her… Continue Reading..

Your Miles and Incentives Are Not Taxed…Technically

Not only can they be used for flights or upgrades, they are increasingly being used as negotiating tools. But are they really worth all the trouble? People often ask me if frequent flyer miles are taxable, and the answer is no. According to the IRS, it “...has not pursued a… Continue Reading..

Elder Abuse With A Smile

Protecting seniors against Elder Abuse is one of my most important duties as a Financial Concierge. Just this week I got to the bottom of another story of financial abuse, performed in a very subtle manner. However, there were warning signs all along the way, so I thought I would… Continue Reading..

Getting Your Documents Together at the End of the Year

End of year preparations are in full swing at Judith Heft & Associates, and today I’d like to share some of the best practices we have developed over the past 18 years. We start with three folders for each client: Anything that’s going to be on a client’s income tax… Continue Reading..

Holiday Tipping Advice

While you may not feel the need to tip everyone wearing a reindeer hat and gesturing towards a tip jar with a cute saying on it, remembering the people who work in your home during the holidays is the right thing to do. Whether someone is helping you with your… Continue Reading..

Applying for a Mortgage? Don’t Forget Your Paperwork!

Guest Author Lyle J. Katz It is important to be prepared when applying for a mortgage. Ensuring that all of the required documents are ready and available will ease the application process. When being approved for a home mortgage loan, 3 main components are taken into account: The applicant’s credit… Continue Reading..

Keeping Your Social Security Number Secure

Being vigilant about your privacy is a necessity in today’s world, and nothing is more important to protect than your Social Security number. Unfortunately, many businesses - and the federal government - are not as careful with citizens’ numbers as they should be. While colleges and universities have ceased using… Continue Reading..

Looking Out For The Elderly

I look out for their welfare. Unfortunately, the world is full of shady characters trying to make a quick buck off seniors, legally or illegally. That is why I had to have an “intervention” with a potential client I spoke to last week. She called me and indicated she was interested… Continue Reading..

Tax Return Identity Theft

Recently I was talking to an accountant friend of mine and he was telling me about one of his clients who had fallen victim to a serious scam. It all started when this person received a notice from the IRS telling him that he was due a refund from his… Continue Reading..