March 30, 2020
Plenty of obstacles can keep you from filing your taxes by April 15. If you’ve received a tax extension, you’ll have an additional six months to prepare your tax return, pushing the new deadline back to October 15. However, your tax extension does more than push back your filing date. Here are a few other factors to consider once you’ve been granted a tax extension.
March 26, 2020
The Federal Government approved stimulus payments to be sent to many Americans, and the scammers are already trying to capitalize by using the promise of payment to steal your information.
March 24, 2020
OceanFirst Bank and OceanFirst Foundation are working to bring you financial services and support resources that matter. We thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey through this unprecedented time and remain committed to our customers, employees and our community.
March 23, 2020
April is Financial Literacy Month, and to get you prepared, we highlighted 6 tips to help organize your finances.
March 20, 2020
Now, more than ever, it’s important to have access to your accounts from the comfort of your own home. At OceanFirst, we offer digital services which enable you to do just that.
March 20, 2020
In December, as part of the budget deal, the Congress passed the SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement Act), and the President quickly signed it. The new legislation included liberalization of retirement plan rules for small employers, repeal of the old rule that those over 70½ are barred from contributing to a traditional IRA, and permission to use up to $10,000 of 529 plan money to repay student loans (lifetime cap, not per year), among other things.
March 16, 2020
Moving out on your own is an exciting time, but can also be stressful. Before that thought comes to fruition, here are five things you may want to consider.
March 13, 2020
Nowadays you can do almost anything right from the comfort of your home, whether it is banking, working out, grocery shopping, or even working. Due to the Coronavirus you may be advised to work from home for an extended period of time, if that’s the case check out our tips on how to do so productively.
March 12, 2020
At OceanFirst Bank we realize COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a concern for many of our customers and we are here for you. For several weeks we have been closely monitoring the reports and updates shared by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and will continue to do so. Please know we are continuously seeking ways to limit our customers and employees to Coronavirus exposure.
March 11, 2020
With the Coronavirus spreading daily, fraudsters have found new ways to capitalize by creating phishing campaigns that are designed to steal personal information and/or money. OceanFirst Bank is aware of the Coronavirus scams and remains dedicated to keeping you safe against them. Here are some scams you may see or have already seen regarding the Coronavirus.
March 10, 2020
It's time to consider how to make the most out of any refund you may receive this tax season. Below are six options to help you reach your goals.
March 9, 2020
The IRS, the states and the tax industry are committed to protecting you from identity theft. We’ve strengthened our partnership to fight the nation’s common enemy – the criminals – and to devote ourselves to a common goal – serving you. Working together, we’ve made many changes to combat identity theft. We are making progress. However, cybercriminals are constantly evolving, and so must we. The IRS is working hand-in-hand with your state revenue officials, your tax software provider and your tax professional. But, we need your help. We need you to join with us. By taking a few simple steps to protect all of your digital devices, you can better protect your personal and financial data online and at home.
March 2, 2020
Whether you’re young and just starting to build your career or have recently left the workforce and have begun to reap the benefits of a retirement fund, the IRS offers a variety of tax exemptions if you meet certain requirements. If you fall into the second category, though, you’re eligible for some special tax breaks that you might not be aware of. Here are five key deductions you might qualify for to help maximize your return this coming tax season.
February 25, 2020
College brings a wealth of challenges. Aside from coursework, grades and adjusting to a new social environment, you’ll have to contend with managing your finances — including your taxes. When tax season arrives, take some stress out of your preparation by keeping these factors in mind.
February 14, 2020
Many other countries celebrate Valentine's Day, too, each in their own way. Here is a look at other countries' Valentine's Day.
February 10, 2020
We all have things that we want to keep safe. While we all hope that our homes are an ideal place for that, sometimes it’s a good idea to keep important items in another location. That’s where safe deposit boxes come in handy.
February 3, 2020
One of the most common mistakes small business owners make is failing to separate their personal and small business finances. Many owners try to process their business transactions through their personal bank accounts, but whether they do it for convenience or to help reduce expenses and bank fees, the reasons to not do it are much more compelling — not least of which because it makes you a prime target for IRS audits.
January 27, 2020
Investing in a home is a major milestone, and the bigger the milestone, the more complicated the process. That’s why you need a thorough list of questions to ask your mortgage broker before you agree to any loan.
January 20, 2020
Emergencies happen to everyone, regardless of whether you have a steady income or are struggling to manage your finances. Unexpected expenses can throw your life into turmoil — and if you don’t have the money to resolve the crisis, your life will become even more difficult. That’s why you need an emergency fund.
January 13, 2020
Insurance is a must if you own a home, rent an apartment, invest in a condo or if you drive a car. Health insurance and life insurance are non-negotiables, as well. The world isn’t perfect and since bad things happen, insurance is an important safety net, helping to protect your home, auto and possessions. Knowing that you need insurance is a no-brainer, but learning all the complexities of insurance will take time. Start with learning some insurance basics with the following list of terms.
January 6, 2020
Do automatic payments make sense for your finances? Setting up regular withdrawals for your bills and subscriptions can make life significantly more convenient, but it can also come with some downsides. Keep these pros and cons in mind as you consider whether to integrate automatic payments into your everyday life.