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April 2021

April 2021 Short Bits

Short Bits

U.S. Presidents earn $400,000 per year as the commander in chief. On top of that, they receive a $50,000 expense account annually for things like dry cleaning and food. After leaving office, former Presidents receive an annual pension for life along with permanent Secret Service protection.

According to a recent study, for the 12-month period ending in September 2020, the average 401(k) participant saved $7,270 while earning another $4,010 in employer contributions. Based on participants’ average income, this amounts to a 13.5% combined contribution, which is slightly less than the financial expert’s recommended savings rate of 15%.

Recovering from the economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic will take some time. According to the Brookings Institute, it will take until 2023 for the average American to spend the same amount as they did in 2019. While the off-premise food and beverage (i.e. grocery stores) sector saw an increase of $84 billion in consumer spending in 2020, health care spending dropped by $148 billion as many Americans delayed or skipped visits to health care professionals.

Some taxpayers have waited six months or longer to have their 2019 federal tax returns processed. As of December 31, 2020, the IRS website indicated there were still 7.1 million unprocessed 2019 individual returns. Office closings due to COVID-19 and 20% fewer employees since 2010 levels are to blame. With approximately 26% of its employees eligible to retire in 2021, the IRS is asking for more funding to hire customer service representatives.


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