Tax filing season is actually an ideal time to review your financial affairs. You already have to gather information and documents in order to prepare your tax return. Why not take one more step and do something positive for your financial well-being? The following suggestions will get you started on your financial review:
Hold a discussion with your family. Spouses and children need to share and prioritize their financial aspirations.
Take steps to protect what you already have. Goals may become instantly unobtainable if you lose your present assets or your income potential.
Review your will and your estate plan. Did your situation change during the year (marriage, divorce, births, deaths, move to another state, for example)? If so, make appropriate changes to your will and estate plan.
Review your credit use. Keep your credit card bills current. If you're finding that hard to do, it's probably time to cut up some of those credit cards and get your debt under control.
Organize your records. If you had trouble assembling data for your financial review, you likely need a better organizational system. Set one up now while the new tax year is still young.