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401(k) Plans & IRA Custodians: Today's Slott Report Mailbag

Question: If you are an employee who participates in a 401(k) who retires at age 73, do you have to take an RMD in the year you retire, or can you take your RMD by April 1 of the year following retirement? If you can take your RMD by April 1 of the following year, does that mean you have to take two RMDs in that year?

7 Things Your IRA Custodian Won’t Tell You

It is important to know what your IRA custodian will tell you and what they will not or cannot tell you. The I in IRA stands for individual and many times it is up to the individual to know things or keep track of them.

How Current is Your Beneficiary Form?

You opened your IRA account 20 years ago and named your spouse as the beneficiary of your IRA. Life has been good for the last 20 years, and you are still married to that same spouse and that same financial institution is still on the corner. But should you still have the same beneficiary form? A lot has changed in 20 years. You've updated your wardrobe and car. And you probably need to update your beneficiary form.

The Recharacterization: A Valuable Tool in Your IRA Kit

Recent weeks have been volatile times for the markets. In times of economic uncertainty, tools that allow you a “do over” are more valuable than ever. As an IRA owner, you have such a tool in your IRA tool kit: the recharacterization. We will discuss the many reasons you may consider a recharacterization.

How to Invest in Gold in Your IRA

Have you seen or read those ads for putting gold in your IRA? They make it sound so easy. And that's the problem. In this article, we discuss the potential pitfalls and how to properly invest in gold with your IRA.

5 Common IRA Myths

IRAs are complicated, even more so if you believe one thing, but the correct rule is the complete opposite. These 5 common IRA myths spell trouble - taxes, penalties, hardships and missed opportunities - for those that believe them.

Can I Move My Required Distributions to a Roth IRA?

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This week's Slott Report Mailbag examines if you can move an employer 401(k) plan to a Roth 401(k) and answers whether or not you can move your required minimum distributions (RMDs) to a Roth IRA.

My IRA Custodian Won't Let Me Do What?!

Retirement plans are one area of the tax code where you may not be able to do everything the tax code says you can do. IRA custodians and employer plans can sometimes limit your options. One reason they might do this is to make it easier for them to manage and process your transactions. We detail a few examples of IRA custodians limiting your options.

Advisor, Custodian Errors Lead to IRS PLR on IRA to SIMPLE IRA Rollover

A taxpayer simply wanted sound financial advice. Instead she received compounding errors, headaches and a trip to IRS. In this month's Ruling to Remember, we examine advisor and custodian errors that lead to an IRS Private Letter Ruling on an IRA to SIMPLE IRA rollover.

Don't Rely on Your IRA Custodian to Pay You Your Required Minimum Distribution

As we enter April 2014, many of you are having your taxes prepared for 2013. Maybe you're having your taxes done by a professional tax-preparer such as a CPA or other professional, or maybe you’re doing it yourself - hello Turbo Tax! Click to learn how to avoid a 50% penalty on your RMD.

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