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Roth IRAs and the 5-Year Rules

We constantly see questions regarding the distribution rules for Roth IRAs. Personally, I’ve always thought that the failure to understand these rules prevents many from truly appreciating the benefits of these accounts.

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The Death of the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

It now appears that the new fiduciary rules proposed by the Department of Labor (DOL) back in June of 2016 are all but dead. Late last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a last-minute appeal of its March 15th decision to toss the DOL rules. The appeal was filed by the AARP and three states (New York, California, and Oregon), not the DOL.

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How Much Can You Take Home in 2018? – Reviewing Your Form W-4 after TCJA

With the tax deadline having just passed, now is the perfect opportunity to start planning for next year. Last year’s return should be readily available, and you may even have many important items committed to memory. Additionally, four months into the year is the perfect time to begin making current year projections. Of course, this year is different. That’s because 2018 will be the first that we file under the changes created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

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Roth Conversion, Pro-Rata Rule, and Rollovers: Today’s Q&A Mailbag

This week's Slott Report Mailbag answers readers' questions about Roth conversions, the pro-rata rule, and rollovers.

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Earned Income for IRA Contributions

With the 2017 tax filing date quickly approaching, many taxpayers look to take advantage of IRA contributions to lower taxable income prior to filing. However, before making that contribution, you want to be sure to meet all the eligibility rules.

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Retirement Planning for the Self-Employed – The Solo 401(k)

One of the many issues facing self-employed individuals is how to save for retirement. Of course, one option is to open a traditional or Roth IRA. However, the annual maximum contribution ($5,500 for 2018 if you are under age 50) is low in terms of retirement planning. Therefore, the self-employed often look to adopt employer-sponsored retirement plans. While there are a number of options, the Solo 401(k) is one of the most popular arrangements. Not only does the Solo 401(k) produce higher contribution levels than other arrangements, but employer contributions are tax deductible! Of course, like anything else, there are pros and cons.

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This Week's Q&A Mailbag: 401(k) Contributions and Beneficiary of an IRA

This week's Q&A Mailbag answers reader questions on over contributions to a 401(k) and distributions from an inherited IRA.

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Understanding the Pro-Rata Rule

The pro-rata rule is an important, though commonly misunderstood, rule that affects the taxation of IRA money. It only comes into play when your traditional IRA consists of both pre-tax and after-tax monies. These after-tax dollars can come from non-deductible IRA contributions or rollovers of after-tax funds from employer plans. Either way, once those monies are in the account, subsequent distributions or conversions are subject to the pro-rata rule. The pro-rata rule does not apply to Roth IRA assets. Instead, Roth IRA distributions are subject to their own set of ordering rules.

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Using the Disclaimer as an Estate Planning Tool

If you’re like me, when you first read the qualified disclaimer rules, the phrase comes “must be nice” comes to mind. And while it’s true these rules are used more often by wealthier Americans, anyone can incorporate them into their estate planning as a tool to make last minute changes. In fact, disclaimers can be a valuable postmortem planning tool giving beneficiaries one last opportunity to divert a bequest to accomplish family goals, such as tax savings.

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Still-Working Exception and Indirect Transfers: Today’s Q&A Mailbag

This week's Slott Report Mailbag answers readers' questions about the still-working exception and indirect transfers.

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