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Strategies for maximizing your Individual Retirement Account (IRA’s) Investments, Tax Savings and Timing of Required Minimum Distributions

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How a Trust or Estate Can Transfer an IRA to a Beneficiary Tax-Free

July 20, 2021

It is time to answer this question in the newsletter, because I have been receiving emails regularly asking about it. I advise my readers not to name a trust or their estate as beneficiary of an IRA, except for certain types of specially designed trusts. They also shouldn’t fail to name a beneficiary, because that […]

What You Need to Know About the Roth IRA Five-Year Rule

July 20, 2021

There’s a lot of interest this year in converting traditional IRAs and 401(k)s to Roth IRAs, and that’s caused a lot of people to ask about the confusing “five-year rule” for Roth IRAs. We recently had a teleforum with my readers, and the five-year rule was among the most-asked questions sent by email before the […]

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How Much Is the Required Minimum Distribution?

July 9, 2021

The required minimum distribution from a qualified retirement plan varies from year to year. The amount depends on the age of the account owner or beneficiary and the account balance. What Is the Required Minimum Distribution? The required minimum distribution (RMD) rules limit the extent to which an individual can use the tax deferral of […]

SECURE Act 2.0 and Other Changes Are in the Works. Here’s What You Need to Know

June 30, 2021

Officials in Washington, D.C., are planning to enact a series of laws that will affect your income and estate taxes and will especially affect your IRAs and other retirement plans. This year could be your best chance to take actions that will maximize the after-tax wealth you and your family receive from retirement accounts.On May […]

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Ignore This IRS Mistake on Inherited IRAs

May 26, 2021

The IRS recently issued an interpretation of the SECURE Act that surprised most, if not all, professionals who have reviewed the law. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, enacted in December 2019, contained a number of provisions related to retirement and estate planning. One of those provisions eliminated the Stretch IRA […]

The New Post-Pandemic IRA Strategies

May 26, 2021

A lot has changed about IRAs in the last couple of years, and more changes are coming if the president and majority in Congress have their way. It is important to reassess your strategies. Required minimum distributions (RMDs) don’t have to begin until age 72 for anyone who turns 72 after December 31, 2019. Contributions […]

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Do 401(k)s Have Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)?

May 16, 2021

The required minimum distribution (RMD) rules limit the extent to which an individual can use the tax deferral of a qualified retirement plan. RMD rules dictate when distributions must be made from the retirement plans of certain taxpayers. The rules apply to all qualified retirement plans, including traditional IRAs and 401(k)s. But the rules that […]

What You Can and Can’t Do with RMDs

May 2, 2021

The tax code and regulations have detailed and specific rules concerning who must take required minimum distributions (RMDs), when they must be taken, and how they are calculated. But there is no guidance about what a retirement plan owner or beneficiary can do with the RMD. So let’s clear up some of the confusion. First […]

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