Retirement

  1. Will I incur a tax penalty when making withdrawls from my IRA in excess of my SEPP?

    Will I incur a tax penalty when making withdrawls from my IRA in excess of my SEPP?

    Unfortunately, the IRA is "locked" for five years because of the requirement that the substantially equal periodic payment ...
  2. Burdening Your Retirement With A Mortgage

    Burdening Your Retirement With A Mortgage

    Carrying this debt can have benefits if done correctly, but is it worth the risk?
  3. I am considering taking a loan from my qualified retirement plan. What is the definition ...

    I am considering taking a loan from my qualified retirement plan. What is the definition ...

    For the purposes of a qualified plan loan, the reasonable rate of interest that the Department of Labor provides is one consistent ...
  4. Chipping Away At The Pension Freeze Trend

    Chipping Away At The Pension Freeze Trend

    Learn five steps that'll put your retirement back into your own hands.
  5. The Impact Of Recession On Businesses

    The Impact Of Recession On Businesses

    Find out how this economic cycle affects both small and big business.
  6. Wealth-Building IRA Rollovers

    Wealth-Building IRA Rollovers

    Rollovers allow your tax-deferred retirement assets to grow, even when the world around you is changing.
  7. What are some of the features and benefits of SEP IRAs and Roth IRAs?

    What are some of the features and benefits of SEP IRAs and Roth IRAs?

    SEP IRA Established and funded by a business (including a sole proprietorship) Must be established and funded by the employer's ...
  8. I make over $100,000/yr and my adjusted gross income precludes standard IRA contributions. ...

    I make over $100,000/yr and my adjusted gross income precludes standard IRA contributions. ...

    With an adjusted gross income (AGI) of more than $100,000, only your eligibility to deduct contributions to a Traditional ...
  9. If an individual still has his or her former spouse as the beneficiary of an  IRA, ...

    If an individual still has his or her former spouse as the beneficiary of an IRA, ...

    It depends. Generally, divorce does not effectively change a beneficiary designation unless the divorce decree makes a stipulation ...
  10. How do my siblings and I receive inherited pension benefit payments from our deceased ...

    How do my siblings and I receive inherited pension benefit payments from our deceased ...

    Generally, the provisions of the plan document determine the distribution options available to beneficiaries of retirement ...
  11. Analyzing IRA And ESA Statements

    Analyzing IRA And ESA Statements

    Learn how to read and verify 5498 and 5498-ESA reporting your retirement-account contributions.
  12. Once substantially equal periodic payments (SEPP) of an IRA have started, is the ...

    Once substantially equal periodic payments (SEPP) of an IRA have started, is the ...

    Typically, if you withdraw assets from an IRA or a qualified retirement plan sponsored by your employer while under the age ...
  13. I am only 17 years old. I don't have a job or pay taxes. Can I contribute to an IRA? ...

    I am only 17 years old. I don't have a job or pay taxes. Can I contribute to an IRA? ...

    You must have earned income (eligible compensation) to be eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA. Individuals who are eligible ...
  14. What's the difference between a savings account and a Roth IRA?

    What's the difference between a savings account and a Roth IRA?

    A savings account is an all-inclusive term , which includes IRAs and regular ( non-retirement) savings. A Roth IRA is a savings ...
  15. Should I put money into a retirement account even if it isn't tax deductible?

    Should I put money into a retirement account even if it isn't tax deductible?

    One of the biggest and most often-touted advantages of putting money into a retirement account is the tax savings that come ...
  16. Enjoy Life Now And Still Save For Later

    Enjoy Life Now And Still Save For Later

    Find out how to balance living well today and retiring well tomorrow.
  17. I'm 70.5 and still working for my own company. Can I defer starting my required minimum ...

    I'm 70.5 and still working for my own company. Can I defer starting my required minimum ...

    The option to defer starting your required minimum distribution (RMD) beyond age 70.5 is available only if the individual ...
  18. 5 Retirement Plan Moves To Make Before Year-End

    5 Retirement Plan Moves To Make Before Year-End

    Make sure all your loose ends are tied with these simple reminders and tips for your plans.
  19. Plan To Retire Rich

    Plan To Retire Rich

    Don't just hope for the best - develop a course of action to achieve your goals.
  20. Are You Buying Annuities Or Mutual Funds?

    Are You Buying Annuities Or Mutual Funds?

    Investing a client's money in variable annuties is becoming a target for criticism.
  21. Rejuvenate Your Life And Career With A Sabbatical

    Rejuvenate Your Life And Career With A Sabbatical

    Sometimes a one-week vaction isn't enough. Learn the pros and cons of an extended break.
  22. 401(k) Debit Cards: Taking A Swipe At Your Retirement Savings

    401(k) Debit Cards: Taking A Swipe At Your Retirement Savings

    This is just another more convenient way to borrow from your plan. But at what cost?
  23. I do not want to totally get out of my retirement 401(k), but I want to take 72(t) ...

    I do not want to totally get out of my retirement 401(k), but I want to take 72(t) ...

    The exact amount of the 72(t) distributions that you are eligible to take will be determined by your age and the IRS published ...
  24. What is the best retirement plan option for a physician with her own practice, employees ...

    What is the best retirement plan option for a physician with her own practice, employees ...

    It is very unlikely that you will find a qualified plan or an IRA-based plan that will allow the employer to exclude other ...
  25. Can a creditor seize my retirement savings?

    Can a creditor seize my retirement savings?

    Whether a creditor can seize your retirement savings will depend on the type of account in which you are holding your retirement ...
  26. 5 Things To Consider Before Late-In-Life Marriage

    5 Things To Consider Before Late-In-Life Marriage

    Waiting to marry has become the norm, but do you know what to consider before saying "I do"?
  27. My spouse is the primary beneficiary of my IRA. I also have a contingent beneficiary. ...

    My spouse is the primary beneficiary of my IRA. I also have a contingent beneficiary. ...

    A spouse who is the sole primary beneficiary of an IRA can always treat the IRA as his or her own. The contingent beneficiary ...
  28. What are the income limits for Roth IRA contributions?

    What are the income limits for Roth IRA contributions?

    The 2007 and 2008 income limits for Roth IRA contributions are as follows: Situations 2007 2008 Individuals who are married ...
  29. My Traditional IRA has been converted to a Roth IRA. Can I still make a qualified ...

    My Traditional IRA has been converted to a Roth IRA. Can I still make a qualified ...

    If you converted the funds less than five-years ago, you will not be able to meet the qualified distribution requirements. ...
  30. I'm an 80 year old making increasing required minimum distribution (RMD) tax payments. ...

    I'm an 80 year old making increasing required minimum distribution (RMD) tax payments. ...

    First, some background information: the tax treatment of a Roth IRA distribution depends on whether or not the distribution ...
  31. Can I add my higher income spouse's name to my Roth IRA in order to raise our contribution ...

    Can I add my higher income spouse's name to my Roth IRA in order to raise our contribution ...

    IRS rules prevent you from maintaining joint Roth IRA accounts. However, you may accomplish your goal of contributing larger ...
  32. What does the Pension Protection Act of 2006 say about charitable contributions?

    What does the Pension Protection Act of 2006 say about charitable contributions?

    According to the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA), you can make a distribution from your IRA payable to a charity. A ...
  33. I want to roll over a portion of my retirement plan with my employer and I have been ...

    I want to roll over a portion of my retirement plan with my employer and I have been ...

    This is based on the rules that an individual can roll over a portion of his or her retirement plan balance, rather than ...
  34. Is an employee eligible for an SEP if the plan has already been set up for other ...

    Is an employee eligible for an SEP if the plan has already been set up for other ...

    It depends. The employee should meet not only the service requirements, but the age and compensation requirements as well. ...
  35. How To Evaluate Pension Risk By Analyzing Annual Costs

    How To Evaluate Pension Risk By Analyzing Annual Costs

    Learn how to assess whether a company's pension plan is posing more risks than what the footnotes indicate.
  36. Can You Retire In Five Years?

    Can You Retire In Five Years?

    The countdown is on. Find out whether you'll be ready to leave the working world.
  37. After receiving a required distribution when and how are my taxes affected?

    After receiving a required distribution when and how are my taxes affected?

    Any taxable amount of the distribution will represent ordinary income for the year that the distribution occurs and will ...
  38. Pension Law Could Reduce Your Payout

    Pension Law Could Reduce Your Payout

    Discover how this act negatively affects your lump-sum withdrawals.
  39. No Need To Rush End-Of-Career Retirement Planning

    No Need To Rush End-Of-Career Retirement Planning

    Your retirement is fast approaching, but your retirement plan needn't change as quickly.
  40. Asset Distributions A Key Consideration For Retirees

    Asset Distributions A Key Consideration For Retirees

    How you distribute qualified retirement plan money can affect your taxes and Social Security benefits.
  41. My company is the trustee of our 401k plan (which has 112 participants). What are ...

    My company is the trustee of our 401k plan (which has 112 participants). What are ...

    The answer may vary depending on the plan provider and the provisions of the plan document. For questions relating to a specific ...
  42. I failed to distribute an inherited 401(k) that was found in an audit. What happens ...

    I failed to distribute an inherited 401(k) that was found in an audit. What happens ...

    The party responsible for paying the penalty in such cases will be the beneficiary of the 401(k) plan. You may want to start ...
  43. My 80-year-old mother used her Roth IRA assets to make an $11,000 annual gift tax ...

    My 80-year-old mother used her Roth IRA assets to make an $11,000 annual gift tax ...

    Under the current version of the law, any IRA or Roth IRA assets that are gifted while the IRA owner is alive are considered ...
  44. Recharacterizing Your IRA Contribution Or Roth Conversion

    Recharacterizing Your IRA Contribution Or Roth Conversion

    Learn why you might make such a transaction and find out how to calculate how it will affect you.
  45. A Look At IRA Separate Accounting Rules

    A Look At IRA Separate Accounting Rules

    If you are a younger multiple beneficiary, make sure you understand the RMD regulations.
  46. 4 IRA Changes That Encourage Savings

    4 IRA Changes That Encourage Savings

    Find out what's new in the world of IRAs and how you can get more bang for your buck.
  47. As a temporary resident of the US, can I withdraw funds from my Traditional IRA without ...

    As a temporary resident of the US, can I withdraw funds from my Traditional IRA without ...

    Should you decide to invest in a Traditional IRA and receive a tax deduction for your contribution, the amounts that you ...
  48. If I am entitled according to my divorce decree to a percentage of my ex-husband's ...

    If I am entitled according to my divorce decree to a percentage of my ex-husband's ...

    In order to have your portion of the IRA assets transferred to you (i.e. into your name), you should contact your husband's ...
  49. Can investment real estate be purchased within an IRA and, if so, are there any pitfalls?

    Can investment real estate be purchased within an IRA and, if so, are there any pitfalls?

    Investment real estate can be purchased with an IRA provided the investment does not violate the prohibited transaction rules.An ...
  50. My spouse and I now earn more than the dual-income limit specified by our IRAs. What ...

    My spouse and I now earn more than the dual-income limit specified by our IRAs. What ...

    The amounts that you contributed while your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) was within the statutory limits will not ...
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