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IRA

  1. What's the difference between an individual retirement account (IRA) and an annuity?

  2. What's the difference between an individual retirement account (IRA) and a certificate of deposit (CD)?

  3. How Can I Fund A Roth IRA If My Income Is Too High To Make Direct Contributions?

  4. What are the differences between a 401K and an IRA?

  5. How do I retire?

  6. How do you plan for retirement if you have multiple employers? Can you combine retirement plans from multiple employers?

  7. My daughter would like to use some of her Roth IRA to pay for some current tuition fees and loans. Can she do this without a penalty?

  8. I have a 403(b) from a old employer. I would like to convert it to a 401(k). How can I do that?

  9. How can I start an IRA for my child?

  10. What are the exceptions to the premature withdrawal penalty rules for IRA accounts?

  11. Can I refuse a gift by providing a "Qualified Disclaimer," and what does this entail?

  12. What is the "stretch IRA" concept?

  13. What are the pros/cons of naming a trust as the beneficiary of a retirement account?

  14. Does it make sense to convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth when the market’s down?

  15. Which of the following accounts does ERISA cover?

  16. Is it wise to put an IRA account into a fixed or variable annuity?

  17. I overcontributed to my Roth, then lost half of this money to the market. Does the 6% penalty apply to my original contribution, or only what's left of it?

  18. How do I use a conduit IRA?

  19. Do I still have to pay penalties and taxes on money that I don't roll over from a DROP fund?

  20. We are in a 401(k) at work. Can we also do a Roth each year? If we can, can it also be deducted from our taxes?

  21. What are the penalties for withdrawing from my Traditional IRA less than a year after acquisition?

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

  23. Can an individual contribute to both a Roth IRA and a Traditional IRA in the same year?

  24. Can a person who is retired continue to fund an IRA?

  25. I make over $100,000/yr and my adjusted gross income precludes standard IRA contributions. My contributions to my 401(k) plan at work are limited to about $7,000/yr. It seems I'm being penalized for my income. Are there other retirement savings options av

  26. If an employee covered by a SIMPLE leaves his employer within the two-year period and his new employer doesn't have a SIMPLE, what happens to the plan? Can the employee roll it over without penalty, or keep it at the old company until the two years expire

  27. I am in the second year of taking SEPP distributions from my IRA. Can I transfer some of the funds to a new IRA with different investment options?

  28. Do I have to continue SEPPs for an inherited IRA?

  29. Are any special forms or documents required when transferring an IRA/SEP/SIMPLE to a Traditional IRA?

  30. I am self-employed and do not need most of my IRA RMD for expenses. Can I reinvest it in Roth IRAs?

  31. Is it permissible for a 70-year-old person to buy an IRA?

  32. If an individual still has his or her former spouse as the beneficiary of an IRA, does the former spouse receive the assets upon the individual's death?

  33. I've heard that workers who don't roll over their 401(k)s after retiring face some problems related to estate planning. I was told it was some type of final 2002 government regulation. Is this true?

  34. Is divorce an exception to the SIMPLE IRA's two-year waiting period rule?

  35. What procedure applies to a taxpayer who made excess contributions for 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 and has neither withdrawn the excess and the earnings for 2001-2003, nor recharacterized 2004 to a Traditional IRA? How are multiple years such as this to be

  36. My company has three partners but plans to hire more this year. Would we be better off with an SBO-401(k) or a SIMPLE IRA?

  37. Can my spouse and I use our IRAs to purchase our first home?

  38. Can I contribute to both a 401(k) and an IRA?

  39. Can I return funds to my Traditional IRA after taking a distribution?

  40. If I am no longer employed, can I roll over a 403(b) plan into an IRA?

  41. My Traditional IRA has been converted to a Roth IRA. Can I still make a qualified withdrawal as a first-time home buyer?

  42. Can a spouse who is not named as a beneficiary receive assets from an IRA?

  43. Once substantially equal periodic payments (SEPP) of an IRA have started, is the payment fixed each year, or does it fluctuate with interest rates? Can payments be monthly?

  44. I didn't record my Traditional IRA contributions. Is there a website that lists IRA contribution limits for past years?

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

  46. I am rolling my 401(k) into an IRA. After a year, can I convert this amount to a Roth IRA tax free?

  47. Is there a limit on how much I can move from my IRA to my Roth IRA?

  48. I work for two companies. How much can I contribute to each company's SIMPLE IRA?

  49. Is it possible to reverse an IRA? I received a QDRO and owe money to my ex-husband. Is it possible to reverse the QDRO, which was put into a CD Traditional IRA account, without incurring any type of penalty?

  50. If I pass away, will my retirement plan go to my spouse tax free?

  51. Are the distribution rules for 401(k) and 403(b) plans the same as those for IRA plans?

  52. Can the non-spouse beneficiary of an IRA name a successor beneficiary?

  53. I'm an 80 year old making increasing required minimum distribution (RMD) tax payments. I plan to convert my IRA to a Roth IRA and pay the taxes for the total RMD. Will I be able to withdraw funds from the Roth the year following the conversion? I understa

  54. What is the five-year waiting rule for Roth IRAs?

  55. I just learned that my 2004 and 2005 Roth IRA contributions are not allowed because my income exceeds the limits. Can I just withdraw the contributions plus earnings without penalty?

  56. I retired and transferred part of my pension distribution to a Roth IRA. If I am over 55, do I still qualify for the age 55 exemption?

  57. I want to roll over a portion of my retirement plan with my employer and I have been advised to ask for separate checks to account for pre- and after-tax amounts. What does this mean?

  58. Can I roll a Traditional IRA into a 529 college account for my grandchild?

  59. Can I convert non-deductible contributions made to my Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA without being taxed?

  60. I converted my former IRA to a Roth for tax purposes in 1998, so even though the tax was paid over four years, am I correct to assume that this is now mine to withdraw, if I like, at no penalty? I am 60 years old.

  61. If I am entitled according to my divorce decree to a percentage of my ex-husband's IRA, how can I receive the assets due to me into my own IRA without being taxed? Will he be taxed when he makes the transfer? Will the money he may have to pay in taxes the

  62. I plan to retire in March 2005 at the age of 59.75. When and what percentage or dollar amount can I start withdrawing from my SIMPLE IRA account?

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

  64. I am starting a limited liability company (LLC). I will be the sole member. Can I open an SEP IRA? How much tax-deferred money would I be able to contribute each year?

  65. Can an IRA beneficiary roll the IRA over into another account and designate another beneficiary?

  66. I didn't earn any income this year. Can I still contribute to a Roth?

  67. I have two jobs. Can I contribute to two SIMPLE IRA plans?

  68. Can I roll over a profit-sharing plan to an SEP IRA account without suffering any tax penalties and liquidation of current positions held in this account?

  69. Does the five-year rule apply if a non-spouse inherits an IRA after the required beginning date and the required minimum distribution is not satisfied in the year of death?

  70. I am 59 (not 59.5) and my husband is 65. We have participated in a SIMPLE IRA with our company for more than two years. Can we convert the SIMPLE IRA to a Roth IRA? If we can convert, do we have to pay tax on the SIMPLE IRA money placed in the Roth? Are t

  71. My mother inherited my father's IRA. When she died, I received an account application listing me as the beneficiary, as well as notice that my brother and I will have to take my mom's required distribution. My brother is nowhere to be found. How should I

  72. What are the tax consequences of a Roth IRA distribution if the IRA holder is younger than 59.5?

  73. I have some stocks in a taxable account. Can I use them to fund my Roth IRA instead of using cash?

  74. How can I reduce the taxes on my inherited retirement assets?

  75. Can I roll the funds in an SEP-IRA over to a profit-sharing plan or self-directed retirement vehicle?

  76. Can I, without tax penalties, use the IRA I inherited from my father to buy a home that I will live in? He was 72 and had started taking small payouts on it.

  77. Can a simplified employee pension (SEP) IRA be converted to a Roth IRA in the same manner that a Traditional IRA can?

  78. Are there tax penalties for closing my Roth IRA account?

  79. What is the difference between a Traditional and a Roth IRA?

  80. I earn more than the income limit for both a Roth and Traditional IRA deduction. Should I contribute anyway?

  81. I withdrew funds from my Roth IRA to contribute elsewhere. How will I be taxed?

  82. How do I get credit for my retirement plan contributions?

  83. How long does an IRA beneficiary have to take an RMD after the IRA holder dies?

  84. Can I close my existing Roth IRA and invest in a new Roth IRA at a different financial institution without a tax penalty?

  85. I recently and accidentally established a Roth IRA for my spouse instead of myself and contributed additional monies. What should I do?

  86. I have several Roth IRA conversions, each with different custodians. When I spoke to an IRS representative, he maintained that the total amount of the conversions is always available. He told me that at any time I can take out what I had paid taxes on (wi

  87. Upon my death, will the beneficiaries of my IRA be compelled to take the entire amount in the IRA as ordinary income, forcing them into unusually high income tax brackets?

  88. If an IRA owner dies after starting required minimum distributions (RMD) but the spouse is under 70.5, can the spouse roll over the IRA into his/her own IRA, and stop RMDs until age 70.5?

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

  90. Can I have a self-directed IRA or Roth IRA using the forex market?

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

  92. My spouse has little/no income. Can I contribute to my spouse's IRA?

  93. What are the income limits for Roth IRA contributions?

  94. I will be receiving monies from a QDRO executed pursuant to my divorce. I would like to take a portion of the money as a distribution to pay for a new home. What are the tax implications of doing this?

  95. I am over 60 years old and have a Roth IRA to which I have made contributions for more than five years. Are all distributions tax free?

  96. I am the beneficiary of an IRA and a Keogh. Can I combine them into one plan?

  97. I am making after-tax contributions to an IRA. Will I get taxed again when I withdraw it (when eligible)?

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

  99. I deducted my IRA contribution on my tax return but failed to transfer the funds. What do I do?

  100. Are my IRAs secure against possible liens?

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