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by Carl53
Wed May 20, 2015 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much does social security factor into your retirement income?
Replies: 151
Views: 8737

Re: How much does social security factor into your retirement income?

Early 60s now. If I was taking SS now it might be one third of our income. Instead we are leveraging it by delaying it until 70 except for a small spousal at 66. At 70 it will be about 50%. Prior to 70 we are drawing down taxable and converting TIRAs.
by Carl53
Wed May 20, 2015 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rough cost to replace central A/C unit?
Replies: 9
Views: 1372

Re: Rough cost to replace central A/C unit?

Our a/c unit acted similarly over the weekend. Being the weekend I turned off the breaker for a few hours and then tried it again and the ac fired up ok. Repairman coming today. Am I wasting this repair call? Will the repairman be able to determine if the capacitor is bad or going bad since I got it...
by Carl53
Sun May 10, 2015 4:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Less than 2 years from retirement, finalizing plan and hoping for input
Replies: 16
Views: 2741

Re: Less than 2 years from retirement, finalizing plan and hoping for input

As others have mentioned, when the second spouse achieves FRA have the higher earning spouse file and suspend and the lower earning spouse file a restricted application for spousal allowing their individual benefits to grow to the maximum. Tax rates should be 10/15/25 not 10/20/25. The 15% bracket t...
by Carl53
Wed May 06, 2015 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time Warner WIFI guest password possible?
Replies: 1
Views: 319

Time Warner WIFI guest password possible?

We are about to relocate to a temporary home for a year. New location offers time warner Internet 50/5 speeds. We have had DSL at less than 3/0.6 at our current location. We will likely rent the twc modem-router since we will not be there long term. I have not found any online reference verifying th...
by Carl53
Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Opening Online Savings Account with Credit Freeze
Replies: 10
Views: 992

Re: Opening Online Savings Account with Credit Freeze

In 2013, when I called Ally about the new account reject email I was informed about the need to check credit. I told the agent I did not want to pay for three credit thaws. They had me do experian only.
by Carl53
Mon Apr 20, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question for you Roth conversion experts!
Replies: 3
Views: 443

Re: Question for you Roth conversion experts!

It very well may be that you have even lower income now between 62 and 65. Are you funding your expenses during that period out of already taxed savings? If so, you may be well below the top of the 15% bracket (74,900 taxable or 95,500 AGI for a couple taking the standard deduction). In this case an...
by Carl53
Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ROTH conversion and RMD
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Re: ROTH conversion and RMD

Sorry, but no on Q1.

Conversion 5 year rules only apply prior to 59.5.
by Carl53
Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: long term capital gain tax vs. roth conversions
Replies: 41
Views: 2421

Re: long term capital gain tax vs. roth conversions

Tough call. Reducing your conversion by about 10k ought to make the capital gains and qualified dividends tax free. As Penquin points out you likely will have some SS to take at age 66 plus a couple months. You will have to look at those years more closely, but I suspect that you will want to take t...
by Carl53
Sat Apr 11, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Delaying SS for tIRA conversions
Replies: 13
Views: 1510

Re: Delaying SS for tIRA conversions

Carl53, your memory is way better than mine! I can only wish that was the case. While your information seemed a little bit familiar, I did not realize I had previously commented on it until I did a search of my previous posts when looking for the Bigfoot and graphic links. I did get the estimates f...
by Carl53
Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Couple of Term Life Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Couple of Term Life Questions

I'd go with option 1. You can add insurance should you have children. Yes it will be more expensive later. Talk to each other. Think about whether your widowed spouse might likely remarry. You both work and presumably are saving towards retirement and are few years from being debt free. There is not...
by Carl53
Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When to Retire?
Replies: 35
Views: 3297

Re: When to Retire?

Looks like you can live off of dividends and interest payments without touching principle. Since you have to wait till 59.5 to withdraw from tax advantaged accounts, you might want to work till then at least. Have you saved for college? OP does not need to wait until 59.5 if he uses one of two exce...
by Carl53
Sat Apr 11, 2015 5:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Delaying SS for tIRA conversions
Replies: 13
Views: 1510

Re: Delaying SS for tIRA conversions

Did you get your SS estimates from the mySS website? As you apparently noticed it assumes that you will continue working until retirement. If you download the AnyPIA calculator from the SS website you can manually enter earnings history and future earnings to obtain an estimate that would reflect no...
by Carl53
Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should We Start Taking Social Security Out?
Replies: 10
Views: 999

Re: Should We Start Taking Social Security Out?

You could file and suspend your benefits. This would allow your wife to obtain spousal benefits on your basis assuming they were larger than the benefits on her earnings. Her benefits would be permanently reduced. By file/suspending your benefits, you could allow yours to continue to grow until age ...
by Carl53
Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Freeze and NEW Credit Cards
Replies: 12
Views: 951

Re: Credit Freeze and NEW Credit Cards

I had to pay $5 for a temporary unfreeze last fall for the Barclays Sallie Mae card. Got the initial denial letter. When I called they told me that they were using Transunion. I did the unfreeze thing, then notified SM. I soon got an email that I was approved.
by Carl53
Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A Social Security question
Replies: 10
Views: 1457

Re: A Social Security question

She is not remarried, but she made considerably less than her late husband, especially when she cared for him while he had cancer. Her late husband would be 69 if he had survived and she is almost 59. She doesn’t want to start her own Social Security at age 62 if she retires early, because the amou...
by Carl53
Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:40 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: IRAs
Replies: 4
Views: 640

Re: IRAs

No 10% penalty, however your current custodian is likely to hit you with fees. When my employer had a poor investment choice simple IRA, I only contributed the minimum to get the match. When I sought to transfer it out I received some flak from the employer and ended up leaving it in. After a couple...
by Carl53
Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fish from Costco?
Replies: 44
Views: 6156

Re: Fish from Costco?

Are any of their fresh or frozen fish selections not from China?
by Carl53
Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Old 401k provider overpaid my match, need tax help
Replies: 1
Views: 298

Re: Old 401k provider overpaid my match, need tax help

Not sure what you should do now, but I'd have been inclined to ignore the letter. This will cause you more than $250 worth of headaches. I had an instance a few years ago when I received a modest overpayment on my match in one pay period. I brought it to the employer's attention. I just raised the i...
by Carl53
Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Yet Another Roth/Trad 401K Thread
Replies: 15
Views: 1436

Re: Yet Another Roth/Trad 401K Thread

You mention leaving something for heirs. In your case they may not be in as high as tax bracket as you. This would favor traditional. Also, should you ultimately decide to donate some of your accumulated wealth, having it in traditional would be better as you would not have paid the tax on it yet an...
by Carl53
Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:08 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 27 yr old Starting from $0, Paid off CC
Replies: 27
Views: 3123

Re: 27 yr old Starting from $0, Paid off CC

You should definitely contribute to the 401k at least as much as is required to get the entire employer match but might go higher. You have 3 acceptable low ER stock fund options. Split up your contributions between them. Consider contributing $5500 to a Roth IRA with VG or Fidelity, as your tax rat...
by Carl53
Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning my back yard?
Replies: 41
Views: 5441

Re: Cleaning my back yard?

Be careful that the pressure washer spray not be directed towards your wood decking. You will not like the results.
by Carl53
Sat Mar 14, 2015 5:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kotlikoff: When Should you Take Social Security?
Replies: 242
Views: 25871

Re: Kotlikoff: When Should you Take Social Security?

I scanned through this thread and did not find much information about the OP's personal situation except that he is almost 65 with his wife about three years younger. Our age situation will not be a lot different and with a spouse that had low earnings that her taking at 62 and me restricting mine t...
by Carl53
Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:25 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 25YO Newlyweds -- Too Much Cash?
Replies: 10
Views: 1828

Re: 25YO Newlyweds -- Too Much Cash?

You have a great start. 1. We are sitting on $70k in our savings accounts. Should we pursue a taxable account since we are so heavy cash? My thought would be to leave the cash for now but possibly max out her 401k to limit the cash inflow, boost retirement savings, and lessen our tax burden Your nee...
by Carl53
Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:45 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401K - Hitting Contribution Limit w/o Equivalent Salary
Replies: 6
Views: 952

Re: 401K - Hitting Contribution Limit w/o Equivalent Salary

Wouldn't making the after tax employee contributions into the 401K defeat the purpose of the tax advantage? Some of the folks on this forum use the after tax 401k contribution to accrue funds that can be converted to Roths (either 401k if available or IRA). This is more useful if they are otherwise...
by Carl53
Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When will / did you claim Social Security benefits?
Replies: 152
Views: 12891

Re: When will / did you claim Social Security benefits?

I plan for 70, but will take spousal at 66, FRA, with my spouse taking at 62.
by Carl53
Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Understanding Roth conversions and question
Replies: 16
Views: 542

Re: Understanding Roth conversions and question

You may also owe state taxes on your conversion. Your federal standard deduction and exemptions for 2015 total $20600, $23100 if you both are over 65. Conversions of TIRA with no basis ought to be considered up to the top of a bracket of your choosing. $20600 would be the top of the 0% bracket. The ...
by Carl53
Sun Mar 08, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pension vs. Lump
Replies: 58
Views: 3515

Re: Pension vs. Lump

We plan on waiting as long as possible before we take social security which would be age 70 for both of us since we really don't need the money and expect to live long. That would add a considerable amt to our income and we would probably never need to touch our savings at all if we took the pensio...
by Carl53
Fri Mar 06, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Setting up online Social Security account
Replies: 1
Views: 348

Re: Setting up online Social Security account

For how many days does one have to lift an Experian security freeze to set up an online Social Security account? Also, can an online account be set up while visiting a local social security office if one does not want to lift the freeze? Thank you. You are supposed to be able to do it at the local ...
by Carl53
Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $25 cash back for returning TurboTax Deluxe CD/download cus
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Re: $25 cash back for returning TurboTax Deluxe CD/download

Do folks that purchased through Vanguard qualify? I ended up purchasing the $9.99 premier download via Vanguard rather than the Deluxe download which had been free. Also, can the link shared by VA be gotten to from the official turbotax or intuit websites? Not to be paranoid, but they start you off ...
by Carl53
Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security - collecting portion of husband's
Replies: 11
Views: 931

Re: Social Security - collecting portion of husband's

My wife is older than I am and started to receive SS at 62. I filed a restricted application at my FRA and received 1/2 of her FRA benefit, not 1/2 of her reduced benefit, until I was 70. Her FRA benefit was just a little more than 1/2 of my FRA benefit so file and suspend was not necessary. At 70 ...
by Carl53
Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ironic Downside to Retirement Planning
Replies: 17
Views: 2997

Re: Ironic Downside to Retirement Planning

Early in married life we talked about being able to retire by 55. While I occasionally looked at our assets/income ratio over the years I seldom focused on how many more years it might actually be. Life happened, kids, college expenses, medical conditions that prevented my spouse from performing reg...
by Carl53
Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has anyone restored windows?
Replies: 25
Views: 2117

Re: Has anyone restored windows?

Thank you all! You have definitely confirmed some of my suspicions that they are worth saving- or at least investigating. Also, these windows pre-date those with weights and pulleys. There is no hardware on these at all, one reason I think they've lasted so long- they are so simple. If they get sti...
by Carl53
Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Where would YOU place 50k for intermediate term savings?
Replies: 24
Views: 2457

Re: Where would YOU place 50k for intermediate term savings?

A year plus ago when I was looking at a similar situation I went with seven 10k 5 year CDs expecting that there was a high likelihood that an uncertain number of them would need to be redeemed early. Glad I did given today's rates. PenFed had the 3% CDs at the time with one year EWP. I did purchase ...
by Carl53
Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: freeze kids' accounts with the 3 bureaus?
Replies: 9
Views: 1137

Re: freeze kids' accounts with the 3 bureaus?

Sounds like a good idea to me.
by Carl53
Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:09 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Roth 401(k) available from employer - should I switch?
Replies: 15
Views: 1036

Re: New Roth 401(k) available from employer - should I switc

We're currently in the upper-middle of the 15% bracket. Given the average salary of an experienced electrical engineer in my industry and location, it's safe to say we'll be in the 25% bracket within the next 10 years. If I convert the traditional 401(k) into a roth, I'd have to pay taxes on that n...
by Carl53
Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Delete
Replies: 25
Views: 1985

Re: Attempting to increase retirement contributions by 5%.

Thank you guys all for the advice. I am going to take the following actions: 1. Drop my personal cell phone and use the work full time - $100 savings 2. Drop cable - $50 savings 3. Cut Travel to $50/month for the time being - $100 savings 4. Cut electronics - $50 savings 5. Cut durable goods - $60 ...
by Carl53
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What has been your experience with IP-PIN?
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Re: What has been your experience with IP-PIN?

bump 1: Any BH with experience with this?
by Carl53
Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax calculation for recharacterization of Roth conversion
Replies: 31
Views: 2466

Re: Tax calculation for recharacterization of Roth conversio

My problem with several recharacterizations in December ( https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=153605 ) was in part due to market fluctuations and using the day prior close of business values. Additional complications were related to prorated dividend payments and the timing of d...
by Carl53
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Health Insurer, Anthem, Hacked
Replies: 100
Views: 9282

Re: Health Insurer, Anthem, Hacked

Ugghhh...so annoying. I attempted to freeze my credit with Equifax yesterday and got the "your request could not be processed" error as well...and of course my credit card was charged. Now I'm just praying my credit isn't truly frozen. Dreading trying to get this sorted out with them. We ...
by Carl53
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax calculation for recharacterization of Roth conversion
Replies: 31
Views: 2466

Re: Tax calculation for recharacterization of Roth conversio

I find it interesting that you did your recharacterization over the phone. Every time in the past I had to use one of their cumbersome poorly worded forms. I wonder if you/they miscommunicated and ended up recharacterizing a current dollar total rather than 100% of the new Roths. In December a coupl...
by Carl53
Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:25 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stay until vested?
Replies: 10
Views: 1252

Re: Stay until vested?

If your position was one in which SS was not contributed to and your new one is, then I would consider taking the $$ out to avoid the WEP and related interaction between SS and government pensions.
by Carl53
Sat Feb 07, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Health Insurer, Anthem, Hacked
Replies: 100
Views: 9282

Re: Health Insurer, Anthem, Hacked

Placed credit freezes with Transunion and Experian. Equifax says comes back and try later after you put all of your information in. Same result as last evening. I put on credit freeze with all 3 agencies this AM. When I applied online for the Equifax freeze, I entered all required information and a...
by Carl53
Sat Feb 07, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What has been your experience with IP-PIN?
Replies: 2
Views: 409

What has been your experience with IP-PIN?

For those that have used the IRS identity protection pin (IP-PIN), what has your experience been? Do you use the same PIN to file for an extension as when you file your return? Do you choose to file electronically? Any issues, unforeseen problems, or benefits?

edi: corrected id-pin to ip-pin
by Carl53
Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Health Insurer, Anthem, Hacked
Replies: 100
Views: 9282

Re: Health Insurer, Anthem, Hacked

Placed credit freezes with Transunion and Experian. Equifax says comes back and try later after you put all of your information in. Same result as last evening.
by Carl53
Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best ways to save on electricity bill
Replies: 58
Views: 7351

Re: Best ways to save on electricity bill

Thank you for all comment. More information, The house is built in late 2010, 1800sqft 3 bed room ranch house, but it has high ceiling. Family size is just 2 (me and my wife). The windows are double glazed, but i have lots of windows. My wife open blinds during day times to accept more sunlight whe...
by Carl53
Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard survey: what should they do differently?
Replies: 72
Views: 4568

Re: Vanguard survey: what should they do differently?

clean up old, empty, inactive accounts in my home page view. It seems small but it seems I have 25 or 30 various accounts, at least 6-10 of them have a $0 balance, and I want to see only the active ones. In fact there is a way to do that with Vanguard's preferences, but I still know they're 'there....
by Carl53
Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Simple Tax Question Regarding Roth IRAs
Replies: 7
Views: 339

Re: Simple Tax Question Regarding Roth IRAs

If you were on the low income end you might be eligible for the retirement savers credit with a Roth.
by Carl53
Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cash Back Credit Cards
Replies: 90
Views: 14889

Re: Cash Back Credit Cards

I failed to mention that the bulk of our purchases go to a 2% cashback Priceline Visa card that unfortunately no longer offers 2% to new enrollees.
by Carl53
Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cash Back Credit Cards
Replies: 90
Views: 14889

Re: Cash Back Credit Cards

I stopped using PenFed Visa platinum rewards card when they changed the points from 2500 for $25 to 2960 points for $25. We've semi-retired the PF Visa platinum rewards card since we got a SM card. I was going to get rid of the AMEX BCP due to the fee, but have discovered the special offers they ma...
by Carl53
Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:02 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Job. Need help with deciding on contributions
Replies: 6
Views: 599

Re: New Job. Need help with deciding on contributions

Is your 43,800 income, taxable income or Adjusted Gross Income? You state that you are in the 25% bracket. This would be correct if the $43.8k is taxable income but you would be only in the 15% bracket if it is AGI. Assuming that it is taxable income, then you ought to consider as you suggest the 4%...

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