Roth IRA contributions for high-income couples

A while back, there was an article from the Wall Street Journal that discussed a way for high-income couples to make Roth IRA contributions. A physician and his wife were maxing out their 401(k) accounts and 457 savings plans, but were ineligible for deductible contributions to a traditional IRA or contributions to a Roth IRA …

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Tax aspects of employee terminations

Although taxes are probably the last thing on your mind after losing or quitting a job, tax aspects of your changed personal and professional circumstances can be significant. Depending on your situation, the tax aspects can be complex and require you to make decisions that can affect your tax picture this year and for years …

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Increased credit for small employer pension plan start-up costs

Do you have a small business? Do you like to save money, especially in taxes? Have you considered setting up a retirement plan for you and your employees, but did not want to spend the money and time getting one set up? Then I have news for you! Don’t miss: Small employer automatic enrollment credit …

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What to do with your deceased spouse’s IRA

If your spouse has died, what should be done with their IRA? To start, you have two options not available to other beneficiaries. Roll the decedent’s IRA into an IRA established in your name (spousal rollover) Elect to treat the decedent’s IRA as your own IRA (spousal election) Don’t miss: Balancing investments in times of …

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Big changes in IRAs – Expanding the definition of earned income

Recently, Congress passed and the President signed the SECURE Act “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement”. This new legislation is the first major retirement reform since the Pension Protection Act in 2006. Don’t miss: IRA contribution and distributions to charity Many changes in the SECURE Act affect both 401k’s and IRA’s but one of …

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Required minimum distribution age raised with SECURE Act

As many know, the rule prior to the new SECURE Act stated required minimum distributions (RMDs) from traditional IRA or other qualified retirement plans were required to be taken by April 1 following the year a taxpayer reached the age of 70 ½. This rule is still in place for people who turned 70 ½ …

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SECURE act changes deadline for retirement plans

Near the end of 2019, congress passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, or as most people call it, the SECURE Act. If you are a frequent reader of our blogs, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve had quite a few about the SECURE Act and all of the changes it made going …

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Don’t get trapped with the IRA 60 day rollover rule

Deadlines can be very stressful, especially when it comes to taxes. One stress that many people are not aware of is the 60-day deadline for keeping an IRA rollover tax-free. Why you may ask? Because missing the 60 day rollover rule can result in taxable income — and if you’re under age 59½, you may …

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5 Tips to determine if your Social Security is taxable

You may not realize the Social Security benefits you received in 2018 may be taxable. You should receive a Form SSA-1099 from the Social Security Administration which shows the total amount of your benefits. You can use this information to help determine if your benefits are taxable. Here are five tips from the IRS to …

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Health savings accounts as retirement savings

Three words: triple tax free. The contributions are tax deductible, the earnings are not taxed and distributions are tax free if they are used for qualified expenses. This is the main advantage and beauty of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). While Roth and traditional retirement savings accounts will almost always result in taxable income (now, or …

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