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Personal finance notes 5

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Personal finance notes 5 AAEC 2104

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These notes covers income taxes, credit cards, and open credit.
Personal Financial Planning
Dr. White
Class Notes
Income, Taxes, Credit, Cards, open, deductions, schumer, box, Grace, period
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Date Created: 10/07/16
Personal Finance notes 5 The “theory” of Income Taxes ­ Look at IRS from 1040 o Address and personal info o Filing status o Exemptions o Income o Adjustments to income o Taxes and tax credits o Other taxes o Payments o Refunds/ amount owed Exemptions  ­ “allowance” for you and your dependents o $4000 per exemption ­ Claim yourself ­ Claim spouse and dependents o Dependents­ “qualifying child or relative”  Under age of 19. Under 24 and full­time student  Any age if permanently disabled Legally reducing your taxes ­ Reduce your taxable income o Make 401 (k), 403 (b) retirement contributions ­ Increase your adjustments o Make traditional IRA contributions  Don’t recommend this to most students (get a Roth IRA) o Student loan interest, moving expenses etc.  ­ Standard vs. Itemized Deductions o Take the larger of the two o For most students­ us standard ** goal is to Maximize after­tax pay Credit Cards and Open credit (have between 1­3 credit cards) What is credit? ­ Credit = buying something today with obligation to pay later ­ Consumer credit o Any non­mortgage credit purchases o Auto loan, credit cards, vacation loans, etc. ­ Open or revolving credit o Borrow up to a certain credit limit o Pay it off in full and borrow more (revolving credit o Ex: credit cards  Visa, MasterCards, store credit cards, etc.  Open accounts at the store (bill)  Drugstore, hardware store, feed/supply stores Operating lines of credit (ag and business)  For purchasing operating inputs Home equity line of Credit o All works about the same as credit cards * Schumer box ­ provided when getting card ­ Compare everything side by side ­ READ IT!!! ­ Cash advances SUCK! o Getting cash from a bank or store when on vacation  ­ Grace period: how long you have until you pay interest (pay off before grace period = no  interest Main Factors ­ Interest rate (APR) o Teaser rate  Short term low rates­ as low as 0% APR  After stated term, the rate increases o National average credit card APR = 17%­19%   ­ Cash Advance o Bad way to get cash o Borrow cash against credit limit o Higher interest rate o No grace period Types of Open Credit ­ Bank credit cards o Issued by bank, backed by Visa and Mastercard o May have perks ­ Variations of bank credit  o Premium or “platinum” card o Affinity card  VT, MADD gets a percent as a donation o Secured credit card  For those with bad credit  Pledge something as collateral (bank account, CD, etc.)  Credit limit = value of collateral ­ Travel and entertainment cards o Not revolving – must pay entire balance each month  Basically interest free o Probably has annual fee ­ Single­purpose cards o Used for only 1 store o Good was to limit spending  Confined to 1 store!!! ­ Charge accounts o Use product/service today, pay at the end of the month  Phone bill, electric, medical, hardware, feed/supply Advantages ­ Convenience ­ Safer than carrying cash ­ Great for emergencies ­ Helps with record keeping o One monthly statement shows purchases ­ Internet shopping ­ Helps build credit history – if used wisely ­ Extra warranties and consumer protection o $50 max for lost/stolen card if reported ­ Use someone else’s money free for 30 days!!! Disadvantages ­ Tend to spend more with credit card vs cash ­ Easy to lose track of purchases o During month ­ Fees and interest charges o High interest charges ­ Live above your means now – pay for it later o Commit future earnings to debt payments ­ Destroy your credit history if used unwisely Getting a credit card ­ Shop around ­ Look at APR, fees, as well as issuer ­ 5 “Cs” of credit o Character: measured by credit score/history o Capacity: current income o Capital: value of your investment assets o Collateral: only for secured credit cards o Conditions: overall economy  College students and credit cards ­ New laws for those under 21 o To get card must have  Income from job or  Co­signer (joint account), if you can’t pay the co­signer is obligated to pay  May need to cancel card to get rid of co­signers o Less active solicited credit card applications  Cannot send unsolicited credit card applications  Unless you authorize – credit bureau  No more “free stuff” just for applying Troubleshooting your credit card situation ­ Determine how long it will take to pay balance in full ­ Switch to lowest APR card possible o Watch balance transfer fees! ­ Use savings to reduce credit card balance o Not a good sign ­ Pay credit card balance with home equity line o Then STOP using credit cards!! ­ Work with creditor o Better than hiding from them Big Al’s tips ­ * Only use credit card when you have the cash o Use it as convenience, not long term loan ­ Pay balance in full every month o Carry small balance 1­2x per year o Make min payment though! ­ Never make just minimum payments! (2­3%) o Michael Jordan rule ($2000 loan for laptop, min payment takes 23 years to pay  off, $5000 in interest) o Richard petty rule ($5000 credit balance, $100 a month for 43 years, $17000  interest) o Try to pay in full ­ No cash advances!! ­ Have less than 3 credit cards ­ 


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