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Overview

Financial Planning Classes

SamCERA’s free financial planning classes can help you learn more about financial planning, taxes, retirement, and more. Get the skills you need to take control of your financial future. In addition, San Mateo County employees can use these classes to count toward their 20-hour training target.

SamCERA is committed to the safety and health of our members and community, and to help slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) we are taking precautions in our programs and services.

Starting March 12, 2020, SamCERA’s financial planning classes will be moving to an online format, following guidance provided by state and local public health officials. 

If you are registered for a financial planning class with SamCERA, you will be emailed instructions to access the webcast 1-2 days before the scheduled class. A computer and internet connection are needed to participate.

Please feel free to call us at (650) 599-1234 or email samcera@samcera.org for more information.

Step-by-Step Class Registration

County & Court Employees:

To register, follow the instructions below.

  1. Head to the LMS site via the County’s Okta single sign-on.
  2. Click on”LMS”.
  3. Browse the course offerings by selecting “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab or search by the course name.
  4. Click on the course you’d like to register for, and then select “Request.” LMS will then send you a confirmation email.

Need more help enrolling? Contact your department’s LMS administrator. If your administrator is unavailable, please call SamCERA at (650)599-1234, or email samcera@samcera.org.

Mosquito District and Library Employees:

Register for classes in LMS or email SamCERA, at samcera@samcera.org, to make your request. Please provide the name and date for the class(es) you would like to attend.

Retirees

To register, email samcera@samcera.org. Please provide the name and date for the class(es) you would like to attend.

Event

The Estate Planning Process
(formerly Estate Planning: Understanding the Basics)

Course Information

Location: Online Webcast

Participants will gain a better understanding of the estate planning process. They will learn about an easy three-step process to set up an estate plan. In addition, this course will help simplify terminology used by financial planning and legal professions.

Course materials and instructions will be emailed to all registered members 1-2 days before the date of the class.

Highlights: 

  • Discuss important reasons for estate planning
  • Determine ways property can be transferred upon death
  • Recognize important features of wills
  • Identify methods that avoid probate
  • Discuss the various ways assets can be titled

How to Register:

County & Court Employees: Register on LMS via OKTA. This class can count toward your annual 20-hour training target!

Mosquito District & Library Employees: Register on LMS here. If you do not have access or experience any issues, email communications@samcera.org with the name and date of the class that you would like to attend.

Event

Building Your Wealth
(Retirement Planning for Mid-Career)

Course Information

Location: Online Webcast

Participants who attend this course will learn key concepts in building wealth, planning for retirement, and understand common investment options.

Course materials and instructions will be emailed to all registered members 1-2 days before the date of the class.

Highlights:

  • Investigate how to build wealth
  • Perform a retirement savings calculation
  • Evaluate the role of social security
  • Review the features of retirement plans
  • Analyze the basics of money market, bond, stock, mutual fund and other investments

How to Register:

County & Court Employees: Register on LMS via OKTA. This class can count toward your annual 20-hour training target!

Mosquito District & Library Employees: Register on LMS here. If you do not have access or experience any issues, email njeong@samcera.org with the name and date of the class that you would like to attend.

Event

Creating and Managing Wills and Trusts

Course Information

Location: Online Webcast

Participants will gain a better understanding of the importance of wills and trusts in estate planning, focusing on understanding probate and estate taxation in order to set up and manage trusts more effectively.

Course materials and instructions will be emailed to all registered members 1-2 days before the date of the class.

Highlights: 

  • Explain the reasons for setting up wills and trusts
  • Review the many ways an estate can be transferred
  • Describe seven essential objectives a will can accomplish
  • Determine seven common reasons to establish a trust
  • Analyze many different types of trusts including: living, family, charitable, life insurance,testamentary, and other trusts

How to Register:

County & Court Employees: Register on LMS via OKTA. This class can count toward your annual 20-hour training target!

Mosquito District & Library Employees: Register on LMS here. If you do not have access or experience any issues, email njeong@samcera.org with the name and date of the class that you would like to attend.

Event

Retirement Planning for All Ages

Course Information

Location: Online Webcast

Working professionals at any stage in their career can get better-prepared for retirement with this class. Participants will be able to assess their current financial situation, estimate their retirement needs, and create an investment strategy for meeting those needs.

Course materials and instructions will be emailed to all registered members 1-2 days before the date of the class.

Highlights: 

  • Discover the key factors for a prosperous retirement
  • Identify the major obstacles to overcome when planning for retirement
  • Plan more effectively for the impact of inflation
  • Estimate the amount of annual income needed in retirement
  • Determine whether you are on-track financially for retirement
  • Calculate the money needed to be saved each year until retirement
  • Compare the different types of IRAs
  • Complete a personalized risk tolerance survey
  • Explain important portfolio management strategies for retirees
  • Review tax implications of distributions from employer retirement accounts
  • Uncover ten crucial retiree secrets to successful retirement planning

How to Register:

County & Court Employees: Register on LMS via OKTA. This class can count toward your annual 20-hour training target!

Mosquito District & Library Employees: Register on LMS here. If you do not have access or experience any issues, email njeong@samcera.org with the name and date of the class that you would like to attend.

Event

Understanding Federal Income Taxes

Course Information

Location: Online Webcast

Gain a better understanding of key provisions of the current tax law through relevant, real-life illustrations, and workbook exercises. Participants will learn the tax implications affecting retirement, investments, homes, charitable giving, education, and dependents.

Course materials and instructions will be emailed to all registered members 1-2 days before the date of the class.

Highlights: 

  • Review the income and capital gains tax rates currently in effect
  • Figure taxes using both regular and AMT (alternative minimum tax) calculations
  • Navigate clearly through the estimated tax rules
  • Identify essential tax planning terms
  • Define the contribution and “catch-up” limits for your employer retirement plan
  • Distinguish between a Traditional IRA and the Roth IRA
  • Determine how investment income from stocks, bonds, and mutual funds is taxed
  • Examine the wash sale rule
  • Understand IRS home loan interest deduction rules
  • Discover what records must be kept to back-up charitable donations
  • Distinguish between tax credits and student loan interest deductions for education
  • Examine tax credits for children and dependents

How to Register:

County & Court Employees: Register on LMS via OKTA. This class can count toward your annual 20-hour training target!

Mosquito District & Library Employees: Register on LMS here. If you do not have access or experience any issues, email njeong@samcera.org with the name and date of the class that you would like to attend.

Event

Tax Planning Strategies

Course Information

Location: Online Webcast

Gain a better understanding of tax reduction strategies based on current federal tax law through relevant, real-life illustrations, and workbook exercises. Participants will learn the tax implications affecting retirement, investments, having a personal business outside of regular employment, and charitable giving.

Course materials and instructions will be emailed to all registered members 1-2 days before the date of the class.

Highlights: 

  • Explore how to expand your options for saving in an employer sponsored retirement plan
  • Understand the tax implications of holding company stock in a deferred compensation retirement plan
  • Analyze the unique tax saving characteristics of Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Learn the income phaseout ranges that apply to Individual Retirement Accounts and how to navigate towards increasing your Roth IRA accounts for you and your children
  • Discuss the tax advantages of some forms of annuities
  • Review how to capture losses from investments for a tax advantage including the wash sale rule
  • Uncover investments that provide tax advantages through asset location
  • Evaluate the tax advantages of education funding vehicles
  • Learn how to take advantage of highly appreciated asset donations through a Donor Advised Fund
  • Examine the energy and electric vehicle tax credits still available
  • Understand the many tax deductions available for small businesses

How to Register:

County & Court Employees: Register on LMS via OKTA. This class can count toward your annual 20-hour training target!

Mosquito District & Library Employees: Register on LMS here. If you do not have access or experience any issues, email njeong@samcera.org with the name and date of the class that you would like to attend.