If you are working with an eye towards retirement or even semi-retirement, you are probably (hopefully) saving more than you could in the past in your retirement accounts. You may have paid off the mortgage and paid for college and other heavy expenses of raising children. That all sounds like you are on your way, except for one big problem I call the "ticking tax time bomb."
Saving money for retirement can be hard, especially if you are behind or cannot save much. For some people retirement is the last thing on their mind. Just contributing 1% of your salary to retirement savings to start and slowly increasing that contribution can make a big difference over time.
In late March, IRS released IRS Publication 590-B, which contains the tax rules on withdrawing funds from individual retirement accounts. Normally this is a wrap-up of rules to use as guidance in preparing tax returns. But not this time. In this new 2021 version, updated on March 25, the IRS included explained how the SECURE Act rules would work for post-death distributions to IRA beneficiaries — and the rules are not what anyone thought they would be.
f you’re young and saving for retirement, it’s “not even a question” which type of investment account you should choose, says IRA expert Ed Slott, a certified public accountant and founder of Ed Slott & Company. “You should always invest through a Roth IRA,” he says. “To start building your retirement account from dollar one tax-free is the Holy Grail.”
President Joe Biden campaigned on a promise to not raise taxes on middle-class Americans. But a little-known provision in his proposed tax reforms could do just that.
One way the Biden tax plan may try to raise revenue to fund the administration’s $3 trillion infrastructure bill is by changing the way capital gains taxes are administered at death.
Both Roth IRAs and Roth employer plans have been available for many years, and by now most advisers and their clients, are aware of the substantial value of these accounts. Roth accounts can provide years of tax-free earnings and withdrawals.
While retirement savers may be aware of these benefits, many count themselves out too soon by mistakenly believing they are not eligible to contribute.
Ed Slott doesn't look the part of media megastar.
The bespectacled, silver-haired certified public accountant can walk near his office in Rockville Centre or his home in Oceanside unrecognized and unaccosted.
But in the world of retirement advice, the Slott brand is nearly everywhere.
Christine Benz: Hi, I'm Christine Benz for Morningstar. With most taxpayers claiming the standard deduction, that means they don't receive credit for charitable giving on their tax returns. Joining me to discuss some charitable giving strategies is Ed Slott. He is a tax and retirement expert, and he is also the author of a new book called "The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb."