The amount of taxes you should withhold from your pension is dependent on your tax rate and your household sources of income and deductions. Basically, you add up all your sources of income and subtract your deductions to get your taxable income.
Divorce often becomes very expensive once the years of wedded bliss are ended. When married couples split up, their marital assets are fair game to be split as well. For the past 40 years, pension benefits have been protected by the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974 — ERISA, a complex set of regulations that deal with workplace retirement plans. Then, in 1984, the Retirement Equity Act put spousal protections into place.
Your spouse dies, and after the initial grief, you find your prescription that never cost a cent before is suddenly priced at $195. Whoa! You go home grumbling to yourself — what do they mean?! Are the benefits that came through your spouse gone?
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