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This Week's Q&A Mailbag: Roth IRA Contributions and Distributions

This week's Q&A Mailbag answers reader questions on Roth IRA contributions and distributions.

The Rules and Strategies When You Inherit an IRA From Your Spouse: This Week’s Q&A

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into RMDs and spousal IRA beneficiaries.

Options for a Spouse Beneficiary – Remain a Beneficiary or Retitle to Your Own Account?

Warning! The options described here are for spouse beneficiaries named on the beneficiary forms of IRA accounts. Non-spouse beneficiaries and spouses who inherit through an estate have a different sets of rules.

Don’t Inherit a Mess When Your Spouse Passes Away: This Week’s Q&A

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into inherited IRAs, spousal rollovers, and 401(k)'s.

The 99% Rule for Spousal Beneficiaries of Retirement Accounts

It sounds funny to say, but death is a part of life for all of us. It’s one of the few things that all of us have in common at some point, and it’s one of the few issues that must be addressed in every plan. While every situation is unique and we all have our own goals and objectives, the overwhelming majority of married couples with IRAs and other similar accounts, such as 401(k)s and 403(b)s, name their spouse as their primary beneficiary as part of their estate plans. As such, knowing the rules for when a spouse inherits an IRA is critical for just about every married couple.

The 10-Year Married Mark Provides These Social Security Benefits

Divorce is often an expensive endeavor, but sometimes there are steps you can take to minimize that pain. Take Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, for instance. This couple just hit the 10-year marriage mark, which brings these new retirement implications into play.

When Are You Really a Spouse (For Retirement Plan Purposes)?

Is your spouse really your spouse (for retirement plan purposes)? We go through several court cases that illustrate how things may not seem as they appear when it comes to your "wives" and retirement plan beneficiaries.

Divorce or Remarriage? Time to Check Your Beneficiary Forms

After either a divorce or a remarriage, it is time to check your beneficiary forms.

IRS Allows Spouses to Roll Inherited IRAs Through Own Trusts to Their IRAs

In private letter rulings (PLRs) 201430026 and 2014130029, IRS allowed the surviving spouses to roll their inherited IRAs through a trust to their own IRAs. The twist here is that the trust beneficiary was the spouse’s own trust, not a trust established by the decedent. In nearly identical situations, a husband named his wife’s trust as the beneficiary of his IRA. Both husbands died before attaining age 70 ½. Properly titled inherited IRAs were set up for the trust beneficiaries. Each wife was the trustee of her own trust and had no limits on her ability to take distributions

How Long Do I Have to Keep Year-End Retirement Account Statements?

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This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks at how long you have to store year-end retirement account statements as well as how a spousal beneficiary should do if he or she decides to leave a deceased spouse's IRA separate from their own. Click to read this week's Q&A with our IRA Technical Consultant.

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