Although planning is needed to help build the biggest possible nest egg in your traditional IRA (including a SEP-IRA and SIMPLE-IRA), it’s even more critical that you plan for withdrawals from these tax-deferred retirement vehicles. There are three areas where knowing the fine points of the IRA distribution rules can make a big difference in…Read More
As individuals continue to deal with the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act contains some retirement-related provisions to help ease the financial pain. RMDs waived in 2020 If you’re in the fortunate financial position that you don’t need to access retirement account funds this year,…Read More
Differences Between Traditional and Roth IRAs The basic premise of a Traditional IRA is that it allows tax-deferred contributions. This means that if certain criteria are met, taxpayers may deduct the amount of their contributions to their Traditional IRA from their income. Taxes are paid on Traditional IRAs when distributions are taken. If income is…Read More
Virtual currency: Handle with care Recently, the IRS has been sending letters to taxpayers it believes owns virtual currency, such as Bitcoin, urging them to review past tax returns and, in some cases, affirm their accuracy under penalty of perjury. This puts taxpayers in a difficult position, because there are several unresolved issues regarding taxation…Read More
If you save for retirement with an IRA or other plan, you’ll be interested to know that Congress recently passed a law that makes significant modifications to these accounts. The SECURE Act, which was signed into law on December 20, 2019, made these four changes. Change #1: The maximum age for making traditional IRA contributions…Read More
Are you charitably minded and have a significant amount of money in an IRA? If you’re age 70½ or older, and don’t need the money from required minimum distributions, you may benefit by giving these amounts to charity. IRA distribution basics A popular way to transfer IRA assets to charity is through a tax provision…Read More
If you participate in a qualified retirement plan, such as a 401(k), you must generally begin taking required withdrawals from the plan no later than April 1 of the year after which you turn age 70½. However, there’s an exception that applies to certain plan participants who are still working for the entire year in…Read More
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