IRA

Calculating Your RMD in 5 Easy Steps

What is an RMD (required minimum distribution)? An RMD is the minimum amount that must be withdrawn from a retirement account each year. When are you subject to RMDs? Traditional IRA owners are subject to RMDs beginning in the year in which they turn age 70½. Beneficiaries of IRAs and/or Roth IRAs are subject to…

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Avoiding 60-Day Rollover Mistakes in 5 Easy Steps

What is a 60-day rollover? A 60-day rollover is the distribution of funds from a qualifying retirement account payable to the account owner who then has 60 days to redeposit the funds into another qualifying retirement account. Do trustee-to-trustee transfers instead. The best way to avoid making a 60-day rollover mistake is to avoid 60-day…

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Using IRAs to Help Children in 5 Easy Steps

Can children have IRAs? There is no minimum age for having an IRA. Due to the power of compound interest, saving tax-free in an IRA from childhood can provide a significant head start on financial security. Saving $5,500 in an IRA annually from age 14 through 24 and earning 7% per year provides $1.06 million…

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Planning to Save for Higher Education

Roth IRA vs 529 Plan: Benefits of a Roth IRA Roth IRAs are NOT included as an asset on the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) form. Most other assets, including the amount in 529 plans, are included when calculating your EFC (expected financial contribution). Roth IRAs are more flexible. You can earmark as much…

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Avoiding Non-Spouse Beneficiary Mistakes in 5 Easy Steps

How can I avoid making costly mistakes when I inherit an IRA from a person who was not my spouse? Inheriting an IRA can be a financial windfall, but it’s important to understand the complex, specific rules that apply to non-spouse IRA beneficiaries to avoid critical errors. At first, don’t do anything! Especially, don’t take…

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Using IRAs to Help Children in 5 Easy Steps

Can children have IRAs? There is no minimum age for having an IRA. Due to the power of compound interest, saving tax-free in an IRA from childhood can provide a huge head start on financial security. Saving $5,500 in an IRA annually from age 14 through 24 and earning 7% per year provides $1.06 million…

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