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Why Double Check Your Retirement Transactions?

retirement transaction mistakes
Check, double check, and then, maybe, check again. When you are moving retirement funds, make sure they are going to the right account. We have heard so many horror stories through the years. Here's just a few "do-not-do-this" examples.

Can a Non-Spouse Beneficiary Convert an Inherited IRA to a Roth IRA?

Can a non-spouse beneficiary convert an inherited IRA to a Roth IRA? What is the proper designation for an IRA trust beneficiary? These questions and more are answered in this week's Slott Report Mailbag, proudly sponsored by Goldco Precious Metals.

7 Ways You Can Mess Up Your Required Minimum Distribution

required minimum distribution mistakes
Taking your correct required minimum distribution (RMD) ... it sounds so easy; you just divide the balance of your IRA at the end of last year by your IRS-provided life expectancy factor. What could possibly go wrong? The answer: a lot, an awful lot. Read on for seven RMD mistakes you should avoid at all costs.

Timing Problems with IRAs and Divorce

Timing issues with IRAs and divorce
When a married couple gets divorced, IRAs can be divided as a result. So, if you’re in the middle of a divorce, you should know that some or all of your IRA can be awarded to your ex-spouse. The process is similar to how some of your other assets are divvied up, but there are major differences and special rules that apply when you’re dealing with an IRA.

12 Things You Must Know About 2015 IRA Contributions

12 things to know about 2015 IRA contributions
In a way, it is now a new year for IRA contributions. You can no longer make IRA or Roth IRA contributions for 2014 (we warned you about the deadline). Here are 12 things to know about 2015 IRA contributions.

Does My Inherited IRA Qualify for a QLAC?

Can an inherited IRA qualify for a QLAC (qualified longevity annuity contract)? Can I use my Roth IRA to pay for my grandchildren to go to college? These questions and more are answered in this week's Slott Report Mailbag.

One-Third of Plan Participants are Giving Away Free Money ... Are You?

take advantage of employer 401(k) company match
One of the most common questions retirement savers ask is, “Where should I be saving for retirement? Should I be saving in my employer’s plan? An IRA?” While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to these questions, IRA Technical Expert Jeffrey Levine implores you to take advantage of "free" money.

You Have Until April 15 to Make a 2014 IRA or Roth IRA Contribution

IRA contribution deadline
By the time you read this blog, April 15, 2015 might have passed. If not, you’re in luck - you still have time to make a 2014 Traditional or Roth IRA contribution. How much time do you still have?

How to Take Year-of-Death Required Distributions

How to take year-of-death RMDs
We are frequently asked how to take an undistributed RMD (required minimum distribution) for an IRA account owner in pay status who died during the year. So, should the RMD come out of the deceased owner’s account before or after it is re-titled as an inherited IRA?

Hardship Doesn't Waive the 60-Day IRA Rollover Requirement

60-day rollover waived denied by IRS
A taxpayer went to IRS with the plea that the 60-day IRA rollover period came and went without activity due to her financial instability during a time of employment insecurity and other stressful experiences. What was IRS' response to the request for more time?

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