Posts Tagged ‘IRA’

The Roth Conversion Conversation

When you convert funds to a Roth IRA, your pre-tax funds will be included in your income in the year of the conversion. This will increase your income for the year of the conversion, which may impact deductions, credits, exemptions, phase-outs AMT (alternative minimum tax), the taxation of your Social Security benefits and more. The…

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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 An RMD is the minimum amount that must be withdrawn from a retirement account each year.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 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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Avoiding the 10% Penalty in 5 Easy Steps

What is the 10% penalty? A 10% early distribution penalty applies to taxable distributions made before age 59 ½. Distributions made after age 59 ½ are not subject to the 10% early distribution penalty. Exceptions: Exceptions apply for withdrawals from company retirement plans for individuals who separate from service at age 55 or older, and…

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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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