There has been a lot of talk this year about the government trying to tax Credit Unions. As most of you know Credit Unions are tax exempt but some of you might not know why. John H. Murga (Chief Executive Officer of Hidden River Credit Union) wrote a great letter in response to someone who thinks Credit Unions should be taxed. He explains why Credit Union tax exemption exists.
“Credit unions are structured differently in that they are democratically controlled not-for-profit financial institutions. By opening an account and depositing funds you become a member with equal share in the credit union. That’s why you’re called a member. You own it and have a voice in how things are run, no matter how much you have on deposit. There are no customers and certainly no stockholders”
“The character structure of credit unions requires them to exclusively serve a defined field of membership that is approved and enforced by federal or state regulators. The field of membership may be occupational, geographic or associational, for example. Banks have no such restrictions. While it is true fields of membership have broadened in recent years, and only with regulatory approval, the reason is quite simple – people and the market demand it.”
“One more important point to remember: It was during the banking crisis of 2008 that banks, as an industry, asked Congress for taxpayer-funded bailouts – not credit unions. As a movement, we paid for any credit union losses from within the system and from amongst our fellow credit unions with not one cent of taxpayer funds. Banks believed then it was the taxpayers’ turn to pay their “fair share.”
If you read the news a lot you might have heard of this new form of digital currency Bitcoin. According to wikipedia it is a cryptocurrency, so-called because it uses cryptography to control the creation and transfer of money. What does that mean….I am not entirely sure. But here is a great video and article that can help explain it a little better.
Do you use bitcoin? Do you trust it? Let us know!
Its tax season and right now the IRS is holding onto $760 million in unclaimed tax refunds. What will happen to that money if it goes unclaimed? Someone will get it. And that someone is Sam…you may know him…he is your UNCLE!
“GIVE ME YOUR MONEY!”- Beloved American Icon
Don’t let Uncle Sam take your money! If you are one of the 918,600 taxpayers who still haven’t filed their 2010 tax returns do it now or the government keeps it! If you are a credit union member you can even save $15 on Turbo Tax! Go here now to see how.
If you’re a teenager, setting up a budget probably isn’t at the top of your to-do list. But learning how to set up and follow a budget now could have a dramatic impact on your chances of reaching financial success as an adult. For help getting started on your budgeting goals, simply read the tips below!
Step One: Calculate your monthly costs.
Before you can set up a sensible, realistic budget, you must first determine how much money you typically spend on a monthly basis. The best way to figure this out is to write down all of your expenses and purchases for one month, and then add up the total.
Step Two: Determine your average monthly income.
Though most teens don’t have a consistent source of income, it’s usually possible to get at least some sense of how much money you make in a given month. Simply jot down any allowance you receive or income you earn for one month, and then—just as you did in step one—add everything up to figure out your average monthly income.
Step Three: Analyze your saving and spending habits.
The next step in creating a successful budget is to review your average monthly costs and income. First, take a moment to ensure your income exceeds your expenses. If not, you should immediately try to figure out ways you can cut back on spending or increase your income. (Step four may help you determine if there are certain types of expenses for which you can reduce your spending.)
Step Four: Separate your expense categories.
Typical budget expense categories include housing, food, transportation, entertainment, clothing, etc. As a teen, you’ll likely find that not all of these expense categories apply to you, but a quick glance at the monthly expense sheet you created in step one should help you figure out the categories needed for your specific situation.
Step Five: Allocate your funds.
For each expense category you noted in step four, determine the maximum amount of money you can spend in that category per month. Of course, you’ll want to make sure the total amount doesn’t exceed your income! And don’t forget to also set aside in your budget an amount you plan to save each month. At a minimum, you should try to save at least 10% of the money you earn.
Step Six: Track your progress.
At the end of each week, review your expenses and determine if you’re staying on track with your budget. For instance, if you’ve already spent 75% of the money allotted to your entertainment category by the end of the first week, you’ll know you need to be wary of any additional entertainment expenses so you don’t exceed your budget goals for the month. Also, as you become older—and your income and expenses increase—you’ll want to keep checking and revising your budget to ensure it continues to meet your needs.
It’s true that setting up a budget can take some time, but the rewards of good financial management will one day pay off in a big way!
I don’t know about you but I am tired of the snow. Just when it starts to melt it seems like we get slammed with another ice and or snow storm. I think my rage hit an all time high when I hit the tinniest of slush piles and swerved out of control and off the road.
Make sure you avoid what I did and check out these driving safety tips from AAA.
Hello everyone! The nominees for the Bucks County Teacher of the Year Award are in. Find out if your teacher was nominated and vote now!