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Slott Report Mailbag: The Effects of IRA Contributions on Social Security Benefits

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This week's Slott Report Mailbag includes questions about the effects from contributions and rules on retirement plans. Click to read a Q&A with our IRA Technical Expert.

3 Reasons to Wait Until You Retire to Make a Roth Conversion

One of the most common Roth IRA questions I'm asked is, "Should I make a Roth conversion?" While Roth conversions can make sense at any age, depending on your particular circumstances, generally speaking, the younger you are, the more it makes sense. In this article we go over 3 reasons to wait until you retire to make a Roth conversion.

The 2 Parts of a SEP IRA: You Can't Have One Without the Other

An issue we recently discussed with a financial advisor highlighted the rule that there are two separate parts to a SEP (Simplified Employee Pension) plan. If both parts of the SEP are not executed, then severe tax consequences can result to both the employer and any eligible employees. We detail the two parts of a SEP IRA below.

What Makes Ed Slott's Elite IRA Advisor Group Workshop Different? Follow LIVE From Orlando

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Ed Slott's Elite and Master Elite IRA Advisor Groups are convening this week at the Rosen Centre in Orlando, Florida for our semi-annual workshop. Are you a financial advisor interested in what makes Ed Slott's Elite IRA Advisor Group different from other training groups, or a consumer intrigued by what being an "Elite Advisor" means for you as a client of an educated advisor? Click for details!

The 60-Day IRA Rollover Cheat Sheet - What Counts and What Doesn't

IRS has announced that they are going to go along with the Tax Court decision in the Bobrow case, but they won’t do so until at least January 1, 2015. What's this mean? We detail this ruling below.

Slott Report Mailbag: The Tricky Balance of Retirement Planning Funds on the Move

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This week's Slott Report Mailbag includes questions about retirement planning funds on the move, namely withdrawing funds and dealing with its tax consequences. Click to read this week's Q&A with our IRA Technical Expert.

3 Ways to Make Filing Next Year's Tax Return Less Taxing

April 16th is here. The blossoms are budding on the trees, the birds are beginning to chirp and, of course, CPAs and tax preparers everywhere are coming out of a 2 ½ month hibernation. Tax season is officially over. With that in mind, taxes may be the last thing you want to talk about right now, but with the sting of this year’s tax season still fresh, now’s the time to start thinking about a few easy steps to help make next year’s tax season a little less... well… taxing! Here are three such steps you might want to consider.

Using Your Income Tax Refund as an IRA Contribution

If you're lucky enough to be getting an income tax refund from IRS for 2013, you might be wondering what you can do with that money. Certainly you can use it to pay some bills, or treat yourself to something you've wanted to buy for a while. But if you're thinking about using that refund to help save for retirement, you're in luck. The IRS allows you to have that refund check directly deposited into an IRA if you follow certain procedures when you file your federal income taxes for 2013.

After-Tax IRA Contributions, Distributions, Conversions at Tax Time

How do I tell IRS that my IRA distribution or Roth conversion is not taxable? We get this question fairly frequently at tax time - especially if the client has done a "backdoor" Roth conversion. Click to find the answer and more information on After-Tax IRA Contributions, Distributions, and Conversions at tax time.

Slott Report Mailbag: Can I Convert SEP IRA Funds to a Roth IRA?

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This week's Slott Report Mailbag focuses on a SEP IRA conversion to a Roth IRA. It's an interesting question (one we don't get often), so we decided to put a spotlight on the issue in this week's mailbag. Click to read a Q&A with our IRA Technical Expert.

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