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Does a Qualified Charitable Distribution Count Towards My Yearly RMD?

This week's Slott Report Mailbag examines how to take advantage of net unrealized appreciation (NUA) - one of the BIGGEST breaks in the tax code - along with answers to two questions on qualified charitable distributions (QCDs).

Can I Make a Spousal IRA Contribution For My Wife?

This edition of the Slott Report Mailbag (one of two consumer mailbags this week!) examines how to name contingent beneficiaries, looks at the misconceptions of "taxable income" and answers a reader's question about contributing to an IRA on his wife's behalf.

Do Required Distributions Affect My Medicare Part B Premiums?

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks at the process of reporting IRA distributions on your tax return - and what happens if you pay too much tax? - answers a question about a woman's rising Medicare Part B premiums and points out the key 401(k) employer plan provision that could allow you to move employer plan funds outside the plan while still a plan participant.

Am I Violating the 30-Day Waiting Period for Reconverting Recharacterizted Funds?

With the Roth recharacterization deadline approaching (October 15), this week's Slott Report Mailbag answers a great question about the 30-day waiting period on reconverting funds after a recharacterization and further clarifies a reader's question on utilizing the stretch IRA.

What You Should Do If You Find Out You Weren't Eligible to Make That 2015 Roth Contribution

This week's Slott Report Mailbag answers a few inquisitive readers on what to do if you just found out you aren't eligible to make a Roth conversion or contribution in a given year and if you can name a trust as an IRA beneficiary.

When Can I Take Money Out of My Roth IRA?

This week's Slott Report Mailbag, proudly sponsored by GoldCo Precious Metals, delves into more common IRA questions. Can you put your future retirement home in your IRA? Can you make an IRA contribution for a deceased person in their year of death? When can you take money out of your Roth IRA? We have the answers below.

Should I Name a Trust as My IRA Beneficiary?

This week's Slott Report Mailbag, proudly sponsored by GoldCo Precious Metals, includes questions on how the pro-rata rule affects pre-tax and tax-free IRA money and how and when you should use trusts as IRA beneficiaries.

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.

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.

How Do I Take an RMD on An Account Valued at Zero?

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks at a dilemma we see in many households: expected income exceeds Roth IRA contribution limits, so the family elects to open a Traditional IRA, only to see by year-end that the expected income fell under the contribution limits. Can this family convert the Traditional IRA money to a Roth? Also, we examine the process of taking a required minimum distribution on an account valued at zero, and answer an inherited IRA question about the proper way of distributing funds.

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