Category Archives: IRA

Avoid Unintended Consequences for You and Your Family

Avoid Unintended Consequences for You and Your Family

Erroneous or outdated beneficiary designations can result in distribution of retirement plan assets, life insurance policies, and annuity contracts to unintended beneficiaries, unfavorable income tax consequences, and expensive and protracted litigation in some cases.

7 Reasons to Start a Staged Roth IRA Conversion Plan Today

7 Reasons to Start a Staged Roth IRA Conversion Plan Today

One underutilized strategy for optimizing the longevity of assets when planning for retirement is a staged, or multi-year, Roth IRA conversion plan. There are seven reasons to start this type of plan today.

Are Nondeductible IRA Contributions Worth It?

Are Nondeductible IRA Contributions Worth It?

Given the relatively small limit of nondeductible IRA contributions and complexity of calculating allowable contributions, tracking basis, and calculating the taxable portion of IRA distributions, are they worth the effort?

It’s Time for IRA – 401(k) Contribution Parity

It’s Time for IRA – 401(k) Contribution Parity

Elimination of income testing for traditional and Roth IRAs and creation of a universal 401(k)/IRA contribution limit is needed to enable all individuals who aren’t participants in 401(k) plans to (a) contribute to an IRA of their choice and (b) accumulate a nest egg in a retirement plan comparable to what’s possible with a 401(k).

The 401(k) Unlevel Playing Field

The 401(k) Unlevel Playing Field

With the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro underway, sports are on my mind. There’s an unlevel playing field in the retirement planning world. Forgetting about defined benefit plans which are in a league of their own, 401(k) plans are the clear favorite for employees who want to save for retirement. 401(k) participants enjoy a…

To IRA or Not to IRA?

To IRA or Not to IRA?

To the extent that investments in your nonretirement account don’t produce current taxable income, they will enjoy tax-deferred growth similar to an IRA.

Roth IRA Conversion – A Multi-Year Strategy

Roth IRA Conversion – A Multi-Year Strategy

With all of the buzz about Roth IRA conversions this year as a result of the elimination of the $100,000 modified adjusted gross income threshold for converting traditional IRA’s to Roth IRA’s, clients and non-clients alike have been asking me the million-dollar question, “Should I do a Roth IRA conversion?” The underlying implied question usually…

The 5-Year Freeze

The 5-Year Freeze

Unless there’s a large increase in the value of your Roth IRA in the first few years of conversion, you shouldn’t take distributions for at least 5 years.

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