Take your retirement account and divide it by half. This is the real amount that you have saved for retirement. Taxes can cut your retirement funds in half, according to Ed Slott, the nationally recognized IRA and retirement planning expert, founder of IRAHelp.com and author of the forthcoming book, The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb: How to Take Financial Control, Avoid Unnecessary Taxes and Combat the Latest Threats to Your Retirement Savings.
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With little more than a week left to take tax-friendly withdrawals from individual retirement accounts and 401(k)s under the Cares Act, people stung financially or physically by Covid-19 are making last-minute decisions while wading through a thicket of rules that could have an impact on future taxes.
The end of the year is fast approaching, yet there is still time to take charge of your taxes.
While that might seem like something only the wealthy would do, there are also ways for the average American to save money — even if you are part of the 90% who take the standard deduction (which is $12,400 for single filers in 2020).
IRA guru Ed Slott doesn’t trust politicians with his taxes—and doesn’t think you should, either.
A well-known retirement expert (and a recovering certified public accountant), Slott leads seminars for financial planners, advises regular folks on how to retire securely and recently updated his 2003 classic, “The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb,” to address Congress’ latest indiscretions.
Hi, I'm Christine Benz for Morningstar. Many people will find themselves in what they hope will be a temporarily low tax bracket in 2020. Joining me to share some strategies for people in this situation is tax and retirement planning expert, Ed Slott.
Individual retirement accounts have strict rules for depositing and withdrawing money. But there are exceptions, and one of them is attracting attention these days—“substantially equal periodic payments.”
Often referred to as 72(t) plans, this option allows those under the age of 59½ to withdraw funds early from their traditional IRA accounts, for any reason, without paying the usual early-withdrawal penalty of 10% on top of the regular taxes.
“Make sure you commit to the payment plan,” says Sarah Brenner, Director of Retirement Education at Ed Slott & Co., a tax-consulting firm in Rockville Centre, N.Y. “You really need to be sure you want to be locked into the payment plan for a long duration.”
Ed Slott, the Rockville Centre, New York-based CPA, editor of the newsletter Ed Slott’s IRA Advisor, and author of “The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb” (Penguin Books), to be released in March, recently talked to ThinkAdvisor with some advice about how tax law changes. Here are excerpts from our interview: