Important Financial Dates For The Rest of 2022

Just because April 15th has come and gone doesn't mean there aren't any more important financial dates left in 2022.
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When it comes to important financial dates, most of us automatically home in on April 15th, better known as tax day. But there are plenty of other notable days on the calendar in the world of personal finance. Some are deadlines, some are opportune times to save money and others may just serve as helpful reminders to refocus your attention towards your own financial stability.

There are still plenty such days remaining in 2022, even though the year is more than half complete. Here are a few important financial dates to mark on your calendar.

August 13 -14

Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

Many states across the country have sales tax holidays, including here in the Northeast. During these holidays, which typically last a week or weekend, sales tax isn’t applied to certain merchandise. Such is the case in Massachusetts on Aug. 13 and 14. During this weekend, all personal use items under $2,500 are tax free. Some major exemptions include meals, tobacco products, alcohol, and utilities like gas and electricity.

August 17

National Nonprofit Day

People are in need now maybe more than ever before in recent memory. Yet the number of Americans donating to charity has fallen precipitously over the years. Use this holiday to consider giving to a worthy charitable cause.

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August 21-27

Connecticut Tax-Free Week

Connecticut is the other Northeast state with a sales tax-free holiday. The third Sunday of August (in this case the 21st) kicks off a week-long shopping event in which all clothing and footwear items are free from sales tax. Arriving just before the new school year, this is the perfect time to purchase the clothes your kids will need throughout the year at a discount.

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September 5

Labor Day

Labor Day weekend is one of the premier sales holidays of the year. This is another prime opportunity to get discounted items you’ll need for the colder months.

The unofficial end of summer can also act as a good time to check on how well you are budgeting and saving, and formulate a plan moving forward. Are you in good financial shape heading into the expensive holiday season or do you need to start putting more money aside? Are you on pace to meet any end-of-year money goals?

October 1

FAFSA Form Becomes Available

Your first step in financing your college education should be applying for federal loans. To do this, you’ll need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA.

Although the form becomes available on Oct. 1, you do not need to submit right away. The federal deadline is June 30, 2023, although some school may have their own earlier deadline.

October 15

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare enrollment begins on Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. During this window, you can join, switch or drop a Medicare Health Plan based on your needs and financial situation.

October 17

Deadline to File Federal taxes (If You Received an Extension)

If you requested (and received) an extension to file your federal tax returns, your final deadline is October 17. In most years, the deadline is October 15, but since that date falls on a Saturday in 2022, you have two extra days to get your taxes in.

Your return is filed on time so long as it is postmarked and in the mail by the 17th.

November 1

Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Opens

The dawning of November brings with it the opening of the federal health insurance marketplace enrollment window. Those utilizing the marketplace have until Jan. 15, 2023, to choose their health insurance plan for the 2023 calendar year.

November 25-29

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday

The biggest shopping weekend of the year arrives like clockwork each November. This may be the best time to snag good deals on holiday presents, saving some much needed money in the process that can help you get through the expensive holiday season.

If you have any funds left over, try donating a few dollars to your favorite charities on Giving Tuesday.

December 31

Last day to make contributions

The final date on the calendar is the last important financial date of 2022. This is your final opportunity to make some sound money moves for the year.

Can you make one more catch-up payment on your 401k? If your planning on making a donation, it must be done by Dec. 31 for it to be deducted from your 2022 taxes.

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