Retirement

  1. Tough Times: Should You Dip Into Your Qualified Plan?

    Tough Times: Should You Dip Into Your Qualified Plan?

    401(k)s, pensions and profit-sharing plans can be a source of cash, but there are consequences to this option.
  2. Am I entitled to any of my ex-spouse's retirement plan benefits?

    Am I entitled to any of my ex-spouse's retirement plan benefits?

    Generally, former spouses are not entitled to benefits under a qualified plan, unless provisions were made for them to receive ...
  3. Choosing The Right Retirement Destination

    Choosing The Right Retirement Destination

    Retire in a place that fits your plans for post-work living.
  4. What happens when someone is given the golden boot?

    What happens when someone is given the golden boot?

    In business, the term "golden boot" describes the package used to convince older workers to take early retirement. Forcing ...
  5. 401(k) Predators: Don't Become Prey

    401(k) Predators: Don't Become Prey

    Be leery of "free" financial education sessions - the providers may not be working in your best interest.
  6. Invest In Your Education With An RESP

    Invest In Your Education With An RESP

    All Canadians should know the benefits of these flexible education savings plans.
  7. The Simple Tax Math Of Roth Conversions

    The Simple Tax Math Of Roth Conversions

    Roth conversions will be available to affluent taxpayers in 2010. Will you benefit?
  8. What's Your Net Worth Telling You?

    What's Your Net Worth Telling You?

    Net worth provides a road map for retirement - learn if you're headed in the right direction.
  9. Can either a SEP IRA or a SIMPLE IRA be attached in a bankruptcy or malpractice action, ...

    Can either a SEP IRA or a SIMPLE IRA be attached in a bankruptcy or malpractice action, ...

    State law determines whether or not an IRA, including SEP, SIMPLEs and Roth IRAs, can be attached in any bankruptcy proceedings, ...
  10. I recently and accidentally established a Roth IRA for my spouse instead of myself ...

    I recently and accidentally established a Roth IRA for my spouse instead of myself ...

    Don't feel too badly. We all make mistakes. The good news is that you may have some time to make the proper corrections.The ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. My husband has become eligible for a 401(k) plan (with no matching contribution) ...

    My husband has become eligible for a 401(k) plan (with no matching contribution) ...

    Your husband's employer should check the retirement plan box on line 13 of the 2005 Form W-2 only if your husband elects ...
  13. Can I fund a Traditional IRA, a 403(b) or a Roth IRA using pension money? I'm 56 ...

    Can I fund a Traditional IRA, a 403(b) or a Roth IRA using pension money? I'm 56 ...

    Generally, for purposes of contributing to IRAs, 403(b)s and other retirement accounts, compensation is defined as income ...
  14. What are the tax consequences of a Roth IRA distribution if the IRA holder is younger ...

    What are the tax consequences of a Roth IRA distribution if the IRA holder is younger ...

    The tax treatment of a Roth IRA distribution depends on whether the distribution is qualified. Qualified distributions from ...
  15. I am in the second year of taking SEPP distributions from my IRA. Can I transfer ...

    I am in the second year of taking SEPP distributions from my IRA. Can I transfer ...

    The most recent guidance issued by the IRS and the Treasury Department is Revenue Ruling 2002-62. There is some disagreement ...
  16. 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 ...
  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. What is the difference between a Keogh and an IRA?

    What is the difference between a Keogh and an IRA?

    The Keogh plan, or HR10, is an employer-funded, tax-deferred retirement plan designed for unincorporated businesses or self-employed ...
  19. Plans The Small-Business Owner Can Establish

    Plans The Small-Business Owner Can Establish

    Don't hesitate to adopt a smart plan for you and your employees.
  20. Strategic Ways To Distribute Your RMD

    Strategic Ways To Distribute Your RMD

    We give you some tips on preserving your nest egg in the face of unavoidable withdrawals.
  21. Plan To Retire Rich

    Plan To Retire Rich

    Don't just hope for the best - develop a course of action to achieve your goals.
  22. Journey Through The 6 Stages Of Retirement

    Journey Through The 6 Stages Of Retirement

    Financial planning is important, but emotional planning is the key to retiree bliss.
  23. Pursuing Alpha In A Well-Diversified IRA

    Pursuing Alpha In A Well-Diversified IRA

    This strategy is not as complex as some investment gurus would like you to believe.
  24. Thrift Savings Plan Helps Federal Workers Retire

    Thrift Savings Plan Helps Federal Workers Retire

    The TSP is key component of retirement savings for U.S. government workers and members of uniformed services.
  25. I understand that I can withdraw from a 401k the year I turn 55 without the 10% penalty ...

    I understand that I can withdraw from a 401k the year I turn 55 without the 10% penalty ...

    You are referring to the rule that states that distributions from your qualified plan (including 401k, profit sharing, money ...
  26. I will be receiving monies from a QDRO executed pursuant to my divorce. I would like ...

    I will be receiving monies from a QDRO executed pursuant to my divorce. I would like ...

    There are several issues to consider: The early distribution penalty - Assets distributed from a qualified plan in accordance ...
  27. I've heard that workers who don't roll over their 401(k)s after retiring face some ...

    I've heard that workers who don't roll over their 401(k)s after retiring face some ...

    I am not sure to which government regulation your contact was referring. However, here is what I can tell you. In 2002, the ...
  28. Which amount should the brokerage use for the 1099-R?

    Which amount should the brokerage use for the 1099-R?

    Assets in IRAs do not carry a cost basis for tax purposes.
  29. I am retiree, drawing from my 403(b) annuity. I am the sole employee of my own business. ...

    I am retiree, drawing from my 403(b) annuity. I am the sole employee of my own business. ...

    It depends. If your business is unincorporated, and you have net earnings from self-employment, you are eligible to establish ...
  30. My company has three partners but plans to hire more this year. Would we be better ...

    My company has three partners but plans to hire more this year. Would we be better ...

    It depends.The SBO-401(k) plan is suitable if the plan covers only the business owners - in this case, the partners in the ...
  31. 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 ...
  32. Should I start taking my RMD based on the amount in my account when I turn 70.5?

    Should I start taking my RMD based on the amount in my account when I turn 70.5?

    Because your balance may have changed from December 31 to the date you reach age 70.5, using that balance may result in an ...
  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. What types of plans allow catch-up contributions?

    What types of plans allow catch-up contributions?

    Catch-up contributions can only be made to plans with salary deferral features.If you want to make catch-up contributions, ...
  35. Benefits for Members of the Armed Forces

    Benefits for Members of the Armed Forces

    If your plans have been affected by your time in the combat zone, fear not!
  36. Be Your Own Boss By Freelancing

    Be Your Own Boss By Freelancing

    Learn the pros and cons before you bid adieu to sales meetings and power suits forever.
  37. 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.
  38. House Your Retirement With Self-Directed Real Estate IRAs

    House Your Retirement With Self-Directed Real Estate IRAs

    Investors are now able to invest directly in real property, mortgages and other assets.
  39. Can I convert non-deductible contributions made to my Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA ...

    Can I convert non-deductible contributions made to my Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA ...

    You can convert the contributions to a Roth IRA; however, a portion of the amount you convert to the Roth will be subject ...
  40. I overcontributed to my 401(k). What are my options?

    I overcontributed to my 401(k). What are my options?

    If you overcontributed (made excess deferral contributions) to your 401(k) plan account, you should notify your employer ...
  41. What are the

    What are the "certain requirements" that must be met for substantially equal periodic ...

    For substantially equal periodic payments (SEPPs), the distributions would occur from your IRA after you rollover the assets. ...
  42. My husband has a 401(k) account which is 100% vested with an $8,000 balance. We are ...

    My husband has a 401(k) account which is 100% vested with an $8,000 balance. We are ...

    Unfortunately, the conditions under which hardship withdrawals can be made from a qualified plan, including a 401(k) plan, ...
  43. My uncle died recently. He designated my mother and father as his beneficiaries in ...

    My uncle died recently. He designated my mother and father as his beneficiaries in ...

    It depends. If the retirement plan is a qualified plan, then the plan administrator would refer to the plan document to determine ...
  44. How can I make sure that past IRS errors have been corrected?

    How can I make sure that past IRS errors have been corrected?

    It depends. If these were Traditional IRA contributions, they may be reflected on your tax return. Otherwise, you may ask ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. Are the deferred earnings in a SIMPLE IRA subject to FICA taxes?

    Are the deferred earnings in a SIMPLE IRA subject to FICA taxes?

    While salary deferral contributions to a savings incentive match plan for employees of small employers (SIMPLE) IRAs and ...
  47. I have just been laid off. Can I use my 401(k) for living expenses now and report ...

    I have just been laid off. Can I use my 401(k) for living expenses now and report ...

    Any amounts withdrawn from your 401(k) plan must be treated as ordinary income for the year the amount is distributed from ...
  48. I'm worried about the economy and want to move my IRA funds from stocks and bonds ...

    I'm worried about the economy and want to move my IRA funds from stocks and bonds ...

    If you move you funds from stocks and bonds to cash, the movement will not be taxable. The money is taxable only if you take ...
  49. The Reverse Mortgage: A Retirement Tool

    The Reverse Mortgage: A Retirement Tool

    Discover another way to fund your retirement without having to make payments on a loan.
  50. 8 Reasons To Never Borrow From Your 401(k)

    8 Reasons To Never Borrow From Your 401(k)

    Find out why dipping into your future savings can have serious consequences.
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