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  1. Cut Your Tax Bill

    Paying your bills early or giving an extra donation now can help you come tax time.
  2. 401(k) Plans For The Small Business Owner

    If you own a business, this may be the plan for you! Find out about its benefits and eligibility requirements.
  3. My mother inherited my father's IRA. When she died, I received an account application ...

    If your brother cannot be found, you may want to check with the IRA custodian and/or the financial advisor to find out if ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. I am a teacher in a public school system and I don't presently have a 403(b) plan, ...

    If you establish a 403(b) account under the school's 403(b) plan, you may roll the Traditional IRA assets to the 403(b) account. ...
  6. I am self-employed and do not need most of my IRA RMD for expenses. Can I reinvest ...

    You can use your required minimum distributions (RMDs) to fund your Roth IRA as a Roth IRA contribution. This is because ...
  7. Can an IRA beneficiary roll the IRA over into another account and designate another ...

    It depends on the provision of the IRA plan document. Some (though very few) do not allow the designation of successor beneficiaries. ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. If a trust is named as the beneficiary of an IRA, can the trustee of that trust become ...

    While the IRA owner is alive, only the IRA owner can change the designated beneficiary of the IRA. Exceptions may apply if ...
  10. Must-Know Rules For Converting A 401(k) To A Roth

    In 2008, the IRS spelled out the details for converting employer-plan funds directly to Roth IRAs.
  11. Can I roll my 401(k) and/or IRA funds into a more liquid investment fund without ...

    Choosing your retirement plan investments requires the assistance of an expert who is able to analyze your options and to ...
  12. Is it permissible for a 70-year-old person to buy an IRA?

    It depends. For Roth IRAs, there are no age restrictions. For Traditional IRAs, there are no age restrictions if you are ...
  13. 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. ...
  14. Top 8 Estate Planning Mistakes

    Proper planning will help ensure that your wishes are honored and your heirs are well cared for.
  15. Pay For A College Education With Retirement Funds

    These savings vehicles may be better than college saving funds for some families.
  16. How do I get credit for my retirement plan contributions?

    There is an added incentive for adding to your retirement nest egg, if your income falls within certain limits. Under this ...
  17. The Reverse Mortgage: A Retirement Tool

    Discover another way to fund your retirement without having to make payments on a loan.
  18. The Rap On Wrap Fees For Retirement Accounts

    If your retirement account is managed under a wrap fee program, you need to consider whether you should pay the fee out of ...
  19. How long does an IRA beneficiary have to take an RMD after the IRA holder dies?

    Let's suppose the IRA holder, we'll call him Tom, dies in 2008. If Tom was required to take a required minimum distribution ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. Can I pull out most of my assets from my IRA and use the cash as long as I replace ...

    Generally, for the distribution to be considered non-taxable, it must be rolled over (deposited) into the IRA (or another ...
  22. I plan to retire in March 2005 at the age of 59.75. When and what percentage or dollar ...

    Congratulations on retiring at the young age of 59! You may withdraw assets from your SIMPLE IRA at any time, and there is ...
  23. 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 ...
  24. Common Questions About Retirement Plans

    We offer some solutions for the individual taxpayer as well as the small business owner.
  25. 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 ...
  26. Do I need to hit my 401(k) contribution limit before I can begin making catch-up ...

    You generally need to reach the limit established by the plan in order to make catch-up contributions; therefore, if the ...
  27. 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, ...
  28. What is estate planning?

    Estate planning involves making plans for the transfer of your estate after death. Your estate is all the property that you ...
  29. It's December - Do You Know Where Your IRA Statements Are?

    Don't discard these important documents with your junk mail - they may affect your taxes.
  30. If I am no longer employed, can I roll over a 403(b) plan into an IRA?

    Now that you are no longer working with the (former) employer that established your 403(b) account, you may roll your 403 ...
  31. Asset Distributions A Key Consideration For Retirees

    How you distribute qualified retirement plan money can affect your taxes and Social Security benefits.
  32. 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. Avoiding Mistakes In Required Minimum Distributions (RMD)

    If you don't calculate your required minimum distributions accurately, you might have to pay an excise tax.
  34. Who qualifies as "single" for tax or retirement purposes when spouses do not live ...

    For the purposes of taking a deduction for an IRA contribution, the IRS provides special allowances for individuals who are ...
  35. Traditional IRAs Tutorial

    This comprehensive guide goes through what a Traditional IRA is and how to set one up, contribute to it and withdraw from ...
  36. 403(b) Plan Tutorial

    Learn about the set-up, the contributions to and the distributions from this retirement plan for certain employees of public ...
  37. Roth IRAs Tutorial

    This comprehensive guide goes through what a Roth IRA is and how to set one up, contribute to it and withdraw from it.
  38. SIMPLE IRA Tutorial

    This comprehensive guide goes through what a SIMPLE IRA is and how to set one up, contribute to it and withdraw from it. ...
  39. Retirement Planning Basics

    Realizing your post-work goals need not be daunting. We'll tell you everything you need to know to get - and stay - on track.
  40. SEP IRAs Tutorial

    Learn about the set-up, the contributions to and the distributions from this IRA-based plan to which employers may make tax-deductible ...
  41. The 401(k) and Qualified Plans Tutorial

    Learn about eligibility requirements, contribution to and distribution rules for these retirement plans.
  42. All About Inflation

    What causes inflation? How does it affect your investments and standard of living? This tutorial has the answers.
  43. Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP)

    Learn how the Canadian government makes saving for your post-work years easy. We take you from your first contribution to ...
  44. Estate Planning Basics

    Deciding what will happen to your assets when you pass away is a must - no matter how wealthy you are.
  45. The Money Market

    If your investments in the stock market are keeping you from sleeping at night, it's time to learn about the safer alternatives ...
  46. How can I get information about my deceased husband's retirement account if his employer ...

    That is unusual. Contact his employer again and if you are not satisfied with the response, ask to speak with a supervisor ...
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    The economy has a large impact on the market. Learn how to interpret the most important reports.
  48. Stock Market Risk: Wagging The Tails

    The bell curve is an excellent way to evaluate stock market risk over the long term.
  49. Pick 401(k) Assets Like A Pro

    Professionals choose the options available to you in your plan, making your decisions easier.
  50. How do I "vest" something?

    Vesting is a term usually related to pension plans that some employer's provide to their employees.An employer may make contributions ...
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