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What Happens When Beneficiaries do Not Split the Inherited IRA?

Generally, the goal when naming IRA beneficiaries is that they will stretch out their distributions on the inherited IRA for as long as possible. The tax code and regulations currently support this goal by stating that the stretch option is the default option. But, of course, there are certain rules that must be followed. The IRA agreement must allow for a stretch option. As unbelievable as it may seem, there are still IRA custodians that do not offer a stretch option to beneficiaries.

Why You May Reconsider Naming Your Trust as Your IRA Beneficiary

IRAs have been around for decades. You may have had your IRA for years. Maybe many years ago, when you established your IRA, you named a trust as the beneficiary and haven’t thought a lot about it since. You likely spent both time and money drafting the trust and were careful to name the trust on your IRA beneficiary form. Here are some reasons why it might be worth it to reconsider that decision.

Imperative Q&A's involving Transfers, Rollovers, and Beneficiaries

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into indirect and direct transfers, 60-day rollovers, trusts as a beneficiary, and 403(b)'s.

Yes, You Actually CAN Do That

Last week my Slott Report article created something of a firestorm in my email inbox. Shortly after it was posted I began to receive a litany of emails, all written very respectfully, but all of which said my post was incorrect and that revisions were necessary in order to avoid Slott Report readers from making errors with respect to their planning. To recap the article and the point of contention in a nutshell; I gave the hypothetical of a married couple, of which one spouse was about to pass and owned stock in his name only at a loss. I then suggested that a sly strategy would be to gift that stock to the other spouse prior to the owner-spouse’s death so as to preserve the potential loss.

HSAs Are NOT the Answer to America’s Health Insurance Problems

In my opinion, expanding the availability of HSAs to more Americans is not going to solve the problem of providing health insurance to all Americans. Here is why I believe that statement.

Over 59 1/2? You Must Know these Roth IRA and 401K Answers

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into Roth IRAs, 401Ks, contributions, tax-free options, and more.

Will HSAs Make America Great Again?

Healthcare is in the news. Talk of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act is everywhere. There is also much speculation about what could follow and what would replace it. At this point, no one really knows for sure. However, there is some basis for believing that Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) may play an important role in whatever comes next for this country’s healthcare system.

Avoid This Costly Mistake At Death

It’s not exactly a fun thing to think about, but death is an absolute inevitability. When that time comes or more aptly, sometime before that time comes, there are a number of planning strategies that you can implement to make sure that you preserve tax benefits and minimize present and future income taxes for your heirs. One such planning opportunity may present itself if you own an investment with a loss as your time nears. The issue and possible planning options are best explained by example, so with that in mind, consider the following case of “Bob and Betty:”

Need to Withdraw From an IRA Before Turning 70 1/2 Years Old? This Weeks Q&A Mailbag and More.

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into RMDs, QCDs, and IRA withdrawals prior to turning 70 1/2 years old.

What's New and How Does it Impact You? Retirement Plan Contribution Limits for 2017.

There were few changes to the retirement contribution limits for 2017. IRA and Roth IRA limits remain the same. The maximum an individual with earned income can contribute is $5,500 split any way they want between traditional and Roth IRAs. An individual age 50 or older during the year can contribute an additional $1,000 for a total contribution of $6,500.

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