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Ed Slott, CPA, is one of the nation's top experts on retirement plans. For more than 30 years, he has educated both consumers and financial advisors on retirement tax-saving strategies. Most recently, he published Ed Slott's Retirement Decisions Guide: 2020 Edition and is the host of several popular public television specials, including his latest, Retire Safe & Secure! With Ed Slott.

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Midyear checkup on required minimum distributions

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Any IRA owner turning age 72 this year will have a required minimum distribution due for 2021, but the due date for taking that RMD will depend on the half of the year in which they were born. June 30 is the cut-off date when the transition to the SECURE Act age 72 RMD rule becomes complete. The SECURE Act raised the RMD age for owners of individual retirement account owners and certain retirement plan participants from 70½ to 72, but only for those who turned 70½ in 2020 or later.

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IRS clarifies the 10-year rule, but with added confusion

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The issue involves the 10-year rule that most non-spouse designated beneficiaries (like adult children or grandchildren, and certain qualifying trusts) who inherit individual retirement accounts will be subject to under the SECURE Act. It was expected that the 10-year rule would work the same way as the 5-year rule: There wouldn’t be annual required minimum distributions, but the entire inherited IRA account balance would have to be withdrawn by the end of the 10-year term.

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Congress, stop the madness and eliminate RMDs

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Congress has come up with what some are calling SECURE 2.0, or Son of SECURE  a bill entitled Securing a Stronger Retirement Act that includes many positive changes to encourage retirement savings. However, one seemingly pointless proposal in the legislation would raise the required minimum distribution age from 72 to 75 over 10 years. Most advisers might argue that consumers will probably love this.

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What to Do Now to Avoid a Retirement Savings Tax Problem

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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."

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IRS: SECURE Act’s 10-year RMD rule is not what you thought

Sunday, April 11, 2021

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.

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5 Of The Biggest Retirement Planning Changes In The Last 5 Years

Saturday, March 20, 2021

From the SECURE Act to the CARES Act to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a lot has changed in the last five years regarding retirement, income tax, and estate law changes and provisions enacted. As if retirement planning wasn’t already difficult enough for Americans to navigate, but with Congress constantly overhauling the tax system, it’s vital to be on top of the latest retirement and tax planning strategies.

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IRA Q&A With Ed Slott: How Do I Get Back My 2020 RMD?

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Q: Early last year I took my 2020 required minimum distribution (RMD) from my IRA, but later in the year the tax law waived RMDs, so I returned the funds. By doing this, I thought this was all taken care of, meaning that I thought I was “zeroed” out with no tax due.

But now it's tax time, and I have two issues I'd like help on.

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