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To Marry Or Not To Marry—That Is The Question

Another historic event for Same Sex Marriages happened on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. That is when the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final regulations amending the definitions of “marriage” and “husband and wife” in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision which legalized same-sex marriage, and the Windsor v. U.S. decision, which struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

What If You Were Told You Are Not Part of An Employer Retirement Plan But You Really Were?

I like to ask clients “If what you thought to be true turned out not to be true, when would you want to know? Since the beginning of mankind, people have been told things that turned out not to be true. The World is Flat. Radio has no future (Lord Kelvin 1897). The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad. (Advice from a president of Michigan Savings bank to Henry Ford’s lawyer. Horace Rackham). What if you were told you are not part of an employer retirement plan but you really were? What could be the implications?

What is a Retirement Plan Rollover?

The word “rollover” is used frequently in writing and talking about distributions from retirement plans. Many times it is used incorrectly. It is crucial that retirement account owners and their advisors know the meaning of the word rollover to safegaurd their savings.

Disability and the Exception to 10% Early Distribution Penalty

Distributions taken from an IRA before attaining the age of 59 ½ are generally subject to an early distribution penalty of 10% of the taxable amount of the distribution. Congress put the penalty in place to deter IRA owners from using their funds before their retirement. However, Congress also realized that sometimes we really do have a need for these funds so they made some exceptions to the penalty. One of these exceptions is the disability exception. But there is a catch.

Disability and the Exception to 10% Early Distribution Penalty

Distributions taken from an IRA before attaining the age of 59 ½ are generally subject to an early distribution penalty of 10% of the taxable amount of the distribution. Congress put the penalty in place to deter IRA owners from using their funds before their retirement. However, Congress also realized that sometimes we really do have a need for these funds so they made some exceptions to the penalty. One of these exceptions is the disability exception. But there is a catch.

6 Things to Know if You Are Thinking about a 2016 Conversion

Are you considering converting your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA in 2016? If you are making this important decision, here are 6 things you will want to know.

A Tale of Two IRAs: Using a Series of Substantially Equal Periodic Payments to Fund an Early Retirement

Multiple studies suggest that we often end up retiring earlier than initially anticipated or hoped. One study by JPMorgan Asset Management found that although two-thirds of current workers plan to continue working until age 65, fewer than one in four actually manage to do so. Although the reasons vary, premature retirement poses a two-fold portfolio stress - a shorter accumulation time and a longer withdrawal period. It also presents a potential tax complication when you've not reached 59 ½ - that magic age at which you can withdraw retirement money without an additional 10% premature distribution penalty.

Social Security and The Election: Jeffrey Levine on Wall Street Journal Podcast

Ed Slott and Company Chief Retirement Strategist Jeffrey Levine sat down with The Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher to discuss how the presidential candidates - Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Gary Johnson - want to handle Social Security and other retirement planning issues.

Excess IRA Contributions - Too Much of a Good Thing

You can have too much of a good thing. A contribution to your IRA is a great way to save for retirement, but there are limits. If you exceed those limits you will end up with an excess IRA contribution and a tax mess. This was the fate of two taxpayers in a recent court case, where mega IRA contributions resulted in excess contributions and penalties.

Too Many Roth IRAs? It's Time to Consolidate

A common strategy is to go through with smaller Roth IRA conversions or to convert different assets to different Roth IRAs. If you have done this over a number of years, you probably have more Roth IRAs than you know what to do with. Maybe it is time to consolidate. Here's why.

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