Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is a CSA / CSF Number?
Q: Do you work only with Federal employees?
A: No. Although we’ve spent a career financial planning for Federal employees, we have several private sector and state employees as clients. Non-Federal clients must provide benefits booklets and information so that we can help maximize their employer sponsored benefits.
Q: Who should I contact for service requests?
A: Anyone in our office can help you or direct you to the best person. Just give us a call at (757)223-9898 or email [email protected]
Q: How do I view my accounts online?
A:https://www.mainaccount.com/centaurus. Please call John Mason or Alýssa Quinn for directions to register for our account access website.
Q: Can I view my TSP and other accounts on the mainaccount.com/centaurus website?
A: Yes. Please contact John Mason for instructions on how to add your TSP, 401(k)s, and other investment accounts to our website. This will allow you to view all of your investment accounts in one location.
Q: Do you have an office on the south side?
A: We do not have an office on the south side (Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach). Mason & Associates advisors are constantly striving to be the best for their families and their clients. Advisors and clients benefit greatly from having Mike, Ken, and John working together in close proximity. The advisors have a great synergy and are constantly bouncing ideas off of each other. Mason & Associates believes that we bring more value to our clients by working together than we would apart.
Q: How do I switch to electronic delivery for statements and confirmations?
A: Each company is different. Please contact your advisor’s primary assistant and ask to be set up for e-delivery. Please be prepared to let us know which accounts you’d like to set up with e-delivery.
Q: What happens if my family moves out of state?
A: Mason & Associates advisors are licensed to conduct business in multiple states, which allows us to serve clients in many different locations. Please give us time to make the necessary arrangements to prepare for your move by notifying your advisor and Alýssa of any changes.
Q: I’m locked out of the account access website; what do I do?
A: It is very likely that your advisors will notice you have been locked out of the site. We will reset your password and send you an email with the new temporary password. If you need to access the system quickly, please call (757) 223-9898 and ask our team to reset your account access password.
Q: When will I receive my 1099’s?
A: Clients typically receive 1099’s in the beginning of March. Tax preparation can begin at the beginning of the year, but it is very important that you wait to file your returns until receipt of all tax documents.
Q: I rolled my TSP to an IRA; will I receive a 1099?
A: TSP will issue a 1099 for distributions from TSP to an IRA. The 1099 will be received in the first three months of the following year. Example: TSP distribution to an IRA in July of 2013. Client will receive a 1099 between January through March of 2014 indicating a distribution from the plan.
Q: Why didn’t I receive a 1099 from my IRA?
A: You will not receive a 1099 from an account where there was no distribution. If you did not take a withdrawal from your IRA, you will not receive a 1099.
Q: How late can I fund my Traditional or Roth IRA for the previous year?
A: IRS allows individuals to fund Traditional and Roth IRAs until April 15. Mason & Associates’ goal is to have all Traditional and Roth IRAs funded by April 1.
Q: Who is Centaurus Financial, Inc.?
A: Centaurus Financial, Inc. is a broker/dealer and a Registered Investment Advisor. Mason & Associates financial advisors are registered representatives and investment advisor representatives of Centaurus Financial, Inc.
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Q: Can you help my family?
A: We believe that comprehensive financial planning includes helping our clients’ family members and loved ones. Your family is our family and we would be happy to meet with you together or separately to see how we can help.