Roth Recharacterization rule Recently, I read the following announcement: IRS updates Roth recharacterization rule. In December, I wrote a post (link below) about a significant change to the rules for recharacterizing Roth IRAs conversions. The change basically took away the option. After researching the IRS update (and since I wrote about it), I wanted to bring … [Read more...] about IRS Updates Roth Recharacterization Rule
Do you own an IRA? Are you thinking about it? If so, which should you own - a Roth IRA or Traditional IRA? The answer for you may be both. There are benefits to each that we will explore in this post. This post will not include a discussion about investments in your IRA. I'll save that for another day., We will discuss in some detail how each IRA works. What are the … [Read more...] about Which Should You Own – a Roth IRA or Traditional IRA?
Since the penalties for not getting required minimum distributions (RMDs) right or severe, I thought it would be a good time to review the rules and deadlines to help you get it right. RMD rules are complicated and making mistakes by not following them are costly. If you miss taking an RMD or take out less than what is required, you will pay a 50% penalty. Yes, you read that … [Read more...] about Rules and Deadlines for Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)
If you own or are thinking about starting a Roth IRA, you need to know that a major change is coming to Roth IRAs. Both the House and Senate proposals include this change. Let me start by saying that I am a raving fan of Roth IRAs. They have many advantages over traditional IRAs. If you have traditional IRAs or company retirement plans, once you reach age 70 1/2, the IRS … [Read more...] about IRS Brings Major Change to Roth IRAs with New Tax Law
When transferring retirement accounts, the question of which is best: direct or indirect is a common one. The IRS lays out the rules on how to accomplish both options. Violating those rules will cost you money in taxes, penalties, and loss of growth of these assets. I write and answer investor questions for Investopedia because they try to keep things simple. The goal … [Read more...] about When Transferring Retirement Accounts Which is Best – Direct or Indirect Rollover?