STA Wealth Management, LLC
Partner and Executive VP of Financial Planning
Scott Bishop is a Partner and is Exec. Vice President of Financial Planning at STA Wealth, a Houston based RIA Firm. In this role, Scott guides clients through the process of identifying and realizing their personal financial planning goals while working with them to help develop, implement and monitor strategies to help assure the long-term coordination of their overall financial, retirement, business planning.
Scott is also the host of STA's radio show, "Financial Planning Fridays" on The STA Money Hour, on 950AM KPRC Radio in Houston at 12pm Central where he frequently discusses tax and financial planning topics and hosts interviews of industry experts.
Scott graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and received his Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.
Currently, Scott is a CFP® and a CPA and also holds a PFS® designation. Scott has been active as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) and its Houston CPA Society as a member of its Board of Directors. He has also been recognized for excellence by being named the Young CPA of the Year for 2002-2003 by the Houston CPA Society, one of the largest and most prominent CPA chapters in the United States.
In addition, Scott has both authored and has been interviewed for numerous articles in financial related publications and websites such as the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, CNBC, USA Today, Washington Post, The New York Times, Investopedia, Houston Chronicle, Investment News, Kiplinger, The AICPA Tax Section, BankRate.com, the Houston Business Journal and the CPA Forum. Scott is also a member of the Houston Business and Estate Planning Council.
BBA - Accounting, University of Texas at Austin
MBA - Finance, University of St. Thomas
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STA Wealth Planning Process - Scott Bishop
I am sorry that you are unemployed. I hate to see anyone pre-retirement need to take money from their retirement savings as it may cause both taxes and penalties. If you need money to pay bills, a conversion of a 401k to a Roth IRA will do you no good to pay bills...it will actually cost you money in taxes and then (if under age 59 1/2) you will pay penalties if you withdraw it from the Roth IRA within 5 years.
That being said, if the funds are needed to pay bills, here are your options in terms of ease of access:
- If you are over age 59 1/2, rollover your 401k to an IRA. That will allow you more ease in taking your “hardship” withdrawal as those are not allowed in a 401k. Once in the IRA take a distribution and make sure they withhold at least 15% so you don’t have a surprise tax bill (the distribution will be taxable). Schwab can do that. If you have very little income, you will be taxed at a low rate (and if done in 2018, your tax rate may be even lower.
- You can do the same thing in #1 if you are under age 59 1/2, But you will owe an extra 10% penalty so make sure that you adjust your withholding percentage accordingly.
- If you are under age 59 1/2 see if you are eligible to get a 401(k) loan. It is unlikely that you can, but if you can, you would avoid the taxation and penalties when accessing the 401k. Your prior employer or custodian should be able to help you with this answer.
- Note: Both IRAs and 401ks have different rules on withdrawing money. I talk about these in my Retirement Survival Guide - go to the link to download a fee copy.
I love Roth IRAs and 401k’s, but this isn’t the best time to use them.
I am assuming that by “Company Shares”, you mean that you have company stock in your 401(k) and that is what you are talking about. If that is the case, and if you are worried about the tax and/or loss in value in those shares, here are your options:
- Sell the shares while still in your 401(k) - that addresses risk and there will be no tax on the sale.
- Roll the shares over to your IRA...depending on what you want to do (and which company it is, you can sell, put in stop/limit orders or use some options (put options and collars) to hedge the position.
- Know the rules on Net Unrealized Appreciation (NUA) before doing either #1 or #2 above. If you sell the shares or roll them over, you lose the ability to get the special tax break of having a capital gains treatment under the NUA rules.
To help in this decision, check out two of my articles:
I also talk about this in my Retirement Survival Guide.
The only time you owe RMDs on your 401(k) after you are age 70.5 is after you stop working. If you do not own more than 5% of the compnay, you never have to take RMD’s from your 401(k), whether Roth or Traditional.
You do NOT have to take RMDs out of Roth IRAs (ever) during your lifetime.
Therefore, if you have retired and/or left your employer, you can roll your Roth 401(k) into your Roth IRA and then you will NOT need to take any RMDs...after Retirement, Roth 401(k)’s require RMDs, but not Roth IRAs.
Hope this helps!
Making investment changes based on “fear” or “greed” will typically end in failure...unless you have a very disciplined investment plan. If you lock in the gains now and move to something defensive, how will you know how and when to re-engage your portfolio allocation. Moving to a money market or fixed account will make you feel good in the short term, but most that do that (without a discipline) will end in faluure...by staying in cash and missing the next market upturn.
That being said, if you want to be able to quickly make a change, I sometimes suggest to a client to pick one of the “lifestyle https://www.investopedia.com/terms/l/lifestylefund.aspfunds” or “age-based” funds in your 401k. This will keep you diversified and allow you to move more conservative or aggressive with less mistakes...as these funds have a good compbination of stocks and bonds. You can move to a more conservative option now (and then be in one fund) and when you feel that the correction is over, you can move back to your current allocation or to a more aggressive fund with just one trade (easier)...but the real question is when and how to do it...as by the time it feels “good”, you will have most likely already missed the move.
If you are not sure what to do...and don’t have a strategy, check out some of my articles:
The good news is that you will owe no captial gains taxes in your situation. As the amount you realized (received), will generally includes any cash or other property you received less your selling expenses ($10k in your case). As your net proceeds are not more than your adjusted basis (see below) in your home, you will not have a capital gain on the sale.
Therefore when you own a home it is VERY GOOD PRACTICE to keep good redcords on all improvements and to keep all the closing records from the purchase of your home. Good examples of adjustments to your cost basis would be the orignal cost/purchase price:
- purchase expenses, commissions, closing costs etc.
- permanent home improvements
- nondeductible assessments for improvements (sidewalks, utilities, etc.)
- depreciation claimed or allowable (if you had an office in your home or rented the home) - this is "recapture of depreciation"
- casualty and theft losses deducted
For those that do have gains, IRS Rules state that If you have a capital gain from the sale of your main home, you may qualify to exclude up to $250,000 of that gain from your income. You may qualify to exclude up to $500,000 of that gain if you file a joint return with your spouse. Publication 523, Selling Your Home, provides rules and worksheets. Topic No. 409 covers general capital gain and loss information.
In general, to qualify for the exclusion, you must meet both the ownership test and the use test. You're eligible for the Section 121 exclusion if you have owned and used your home as your main home for a period aggregating at least two years out of the five years prior to its date of sale. You can meet the ownership and use tests during different 2-year periods. However, you must meet both tests during the 5-year period ending on the date of the sale. Generally, you're not eligible for the exclusion if you excluded the gain from the sale of another home during the two-year period prior to the sale of your home. Refer to Publication 523 for the complete eligibility requirements, limitations on the exclusion amount, and exceptions to the two-year rule.
Reporting the Sale to the IRS:
Whenever you sell your home, you will report it to the IRS on Form 1040, Schedule D (PDF), Capital Gains and Losses, and Form 8949.