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There’s a time-bomb waiting in your IRA. Tax and IRA expert Ed Slott joins us today to share what the death of the Stretch IRA means for your retirement, and how the SECURE Act has made some big changes to the way your money is treated long after you’re gone. Whether you have a partner, children, family, or any other dependents depending on your support, the last thing you need is complicated tax rules funneling money out of your portfolio. If you’re the type of person who runs at the sound of a tax discussion, you may want to stick around for this one.
The arrival of 2021, as welcome as it was, put a hard stop on most moves by Americans to lower their 2020 tax bills. The window for things like making charitable donations or taking capital losses to offset gains slammed shut on December 31.
But there are still a few things people can do now to cut last year’s taxes. Several involve contributions to retirement accounts, with deadlines as late as Oct. 15. Another could reduce penalties for filers behind on last year’s tax payments.
Retirement savers need to pay close attention to their income tax filings this year because of pandemic-related changes to rules for required withdrawals.
Even in normal times, the rules for mandatory minimum withdrawals can be confusing, and are even more so this year because of a mash-up of tax changes and virus relief programs. If you get things right, you can avoid paying unnecessary taxes, financial advisers say.
Christine Benz: Hi, I'm Christine Benz from Morningstar. We're in the thick of tax season. Joining me to discuss what should be on your radar as you ready your 2020 tax return is tax and IRA expert, Ed Slott. He's the author of a new book called The New Retirement Savings Bomb. Ed, thanks for being here.
IRA trusts may have lost some of their luster in the wake of the SECURE Act.
Under the act, long-term tax deferral is still permitted for certain IRA beneficiaries but others must empty the inherited account within 10 years. Beneficiaries of employer-sponsored qualified plans face the same new rules.