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The Two-Year Holding Period for SIMPLE IRAs

SIMPLE IRAs are not so simple. One factor that makes SIMPLE IRAs tricky is that they are subject to unique rules, found nowhere else in the tax code, such as the two-year holding period. Two-Year Holding Period When does the two-year holding period begin? This is a question that often creates confusion. The two-year holding period begins with the date the employee’s first contribution is deposited to the SIMPLE IRA. It is not the date employment begins or even the date you become eligible to participate in the SIMPLE IRA plan. 25% Early Distribution Penalty Distributions taken from a SIMPLE IRA before age 59 ½ are subject to an early withdrawal penalty of 25% when withdrawn during the two-year holding period.

The Consequences of Breaking Rollover Rules

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into IRA rollovers, IRA transfers, and back-door Roth IRAs.

An IRA Rollover Quiz

Most people think it is easy to move their retirement assets. But is it? The following is a quick quiz. How many of these rollover questions can you get correct? The answers are at the end of the quiz.

How Do I Handle My Excess Roth IRA Contributions?

This week's Slott Report Mailbag examines excess Roth IRA contributions and clarifies the two-year rule on an IRA rollover to a SIMPLE IRA.

PATH Act Brought About SIMPLE IRA Rollover Rule Changes

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 was signed into law on December 18, 2015. This bill was commonly known as the “Extenders Bill” because it made several favorable tax provisions permanent that had been temporary, some for many years. Buried way down in the PATH Act was a provision that affected SIMPLE IRAs. We outline what has changed.

Five Myths That Should Not Stop Your 2015 IRA Contribution

Have you made your 2015 IRA contribution? If not, why not? Here are five myths that are commonly cited as reasons for not contributing to an IRA. Don’t miss out on your 2015 IRA contribution because you wrongly believe one of them applies to you.

4 Things to Know About Roth IRA Conversions and Pro-Rata Rule

Here are four details you need to know about IRA-to-Roth IRA conversions and the pro-rata rule. The pro-rata rule also applies to employer plan retirement plan distributions, but it is applied differently.

Six 2016 Retirement Account Rule Changes You Need to Know

A new year brings new retirement account rule changes. IRA Analyst Sarah Brenner dissects six retirement account rule changes that you need to know. Everything from qualified chartiable distributions (they are back!) to SIMPLE IRAs and expanded penalty-free distributions for higher education expenses are discussed.

Extenders Bill Poised To Make Big Changes: What You Need to Know

It’s taken almost a full year – literally – but Congress is finally set to pass an appropriations act, which will include the much anticipated extenders bill. However, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill extenders bill. This year’s version of the extenders bill permanently extends several key tax provisions, including the QCD (Qualified Charitable Distribution) provision that allows certain IRA owners to give IRA funds directly to charity without having to include them in income. Stuffed into the bill under a section appropriately titled “Miscellaneous Provisions” are several other changes to the tax law – that have nothing to do with the extenders – but that may impact your planning for one or more reasons. The following is a brief summary of some of the most important provisions in the law.

10 Facts You Need to Know About Required Minimum Distributions

If you have an IRA and you are approaching retirement age, or if you are already in retirement, you are most likely familiar with the term “required minimum distribution (RMD).” But do you know how the rules work and what they mean for you as an IRA owner? Here are 10 facts about RMDs that every IRA owner should know.

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