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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IRA contributions and IRA distributions to charity changed under new tax law

Before 2019’s SECURE Act, you could not contribute to a traditional IRA account in the year you turned 70 1/2 and later years. Under the new SECURE Act, this age limit is repealed for contributions starting in 2020. Don’t miss: SECURE Act changes deadline for retirement plan As life expectancy for the average person increases, …

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Small employer automatic enrollment credit

As a business owner, you are probably well-aware that offering a 401(k) plan to your employees has its advantages—ease of talent acquisition, increased retention rates and high morale. But if you happen to be a small business owner, providing a retirement plan to employees may not seem entirely feasible. Start-up costs are often expensive, the …

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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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Penalty Free Retirement Account Withdrawals

For anyone who has a child, they know sometimes the pain doesn’t end at the point of delivery.  Don’t get me wrong. Children are a blessing, but with them come sleepless nights, diaper changes and yes, financial pressures. A study by Health Affairs found that for the average new mother with insurance who gave birth …

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Accounting for estimates

Not every financial statement item is able to be precisely measured. Often, your company will have to make a best-educated guess to account for items that are not able to be specifically determined. This is where accounting for estimates comes into play. Don’t miss: The future of auditing with artificial intelligence  Auditing standards define an …

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The SECURE Act and its potential impact on your retirement

On May 23rd, the House of Representative passed the SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act. While this bill may or may not pass, it is important to realize the key implications it can have on your future. Some major features of the Act include: Greater opportunity for part-time workers to participate in …

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5 tips to avoid common audit prep mistakes

Generally, if your company has 100 or more active participants, The Employee Retirements Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) requires an annual audit of plan financial statements. Whether this is your first plan audit or have endured plan audits for years, being prepared and gathering all the necessary documents and reports for your auditors can …

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