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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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Plan Charitable Contributions from Your IRA for 2022

March 25, 2022

It is time to plan your qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) from IRAs for 2022 if you haven’t already. Anyone who’s age 70½ or older, makes charitable contributions and has assets in a traditional IRA should use QCDs to make at least some of their charitable contributions. With a QCD, you’re converting a taxable distribution into […]

Estate Planning

How To Minimize Your Taxes in the The Roth IRA Conversion Strategy

March 20, 2022

*Note: At the end of today’s story (Part 2 on how to convert your traditional IRA to a Roth with minimal tax burden), I highly recommend you take a moment to watch a new video I filmed alongside NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton. Meantime, here’s the follow-up to last week’s Retirement Watch Weekly. […]

How To Convert Your IRA to a Roth – Without Taking a Tax Hit

March 13, 2022

What stops people from converting all or part of a traditional IRA or 401(k) to a Roth IRA? For many, it’s the cost of doing so. And yet, a few simple strategies, while staying alert for opportunities, can dramatically reduce the cost of converting an IRA. As you know, income taxes are the cost of […]

The Best Way to Handle Employer Stock in a 401(k) Plan

March 6, 2022

Employees who own company stock or other securities in their retirement plans should review their options before taking any distributions or doing rollovers. There’s a substantial tax break available to many of these workers. The tax break is known as net unrealized appreciation, or NUA. It’s very valuable when you know the tricks and follow […]


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How to Reduce the Taxes on an IRA Conversion

March 6, 2022

One factor that keeps many people from converting all or part of a traditional IRA or 401(k) to a Roth IRA is the cost. A few simple strategies, and staying alert for opportunities, can dramatically reduce the cost of converting an IRA. Income taxes are the cost of converting an IRA. The amount converted is […]

IRA Conversions: Myths, Facts and More You Need to Know

February 11, 2022

We’re marking the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Roth IRA this year, and the retirement account is rapidly gaining in popularity. But most taxpayers aren’t interested in making annual contributions to the tax-free accounts. Indeed, IRS data indicate only a small percentage of Roth IRA balances are the result of contributions. The big […]

Estate Planning

The IRA Rules Are Tricky (What You Need To Know)

February 6, 2022

In last week’s Retirement Watch Weekly, I shared some oversights and missed opportunities that can easily trigger unnecessary taxes. I get a lot of reader questions about IRAs and taxes, so to help all of us get on the same page, let’s today cover more costly mistakes to recognize and avoid… Non-traditional investments Some assets […]


4 IRA & Retirement Account Mistakes You Might Make in 2022

January 30, 2022

Every day, retirement account owners and beneficiaries trigger unnecessary taxes and penalties through mistakes, oversights and missed opportunities. And while IRAs, 401(k)s and other retirement accounts are among the most valuable assets most people own… They’re also are among the most complicated and misunderstood. The mistakes and oversights can occur at every stage of IRA […]


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