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Ed Slott's 2-Day IRA Workshop: See You in Las Vegas!

The Slott Report is going on the road this week to Las Vegas, Nevada for Ed Slott's 2-Day IRA Workshop, Instant IRA Success, on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30 at The Cosmopolitan. There is still time to join us LIVE this weekend in Las Vegas. If you can't make it to Las Vegas this weekend, there are still ways to share in the experience.

Making Life Difficult For Your IRA Beneficiary

An IRA account owner is trying to keep things simple or just does not get around to changing a beneficiary form. Only one person ends up being named on the beneficiary form. The account owner exacts a promise from that person that they will make sure that the account is split between all the children, or all the grandchildren, or all the siblings or whoever is important to the account owner. The unwitting beneficiary agrees to this since, after all, it is only fair that the account be split.

Roth Conversion Tax, Inherited IRA and RMD Questions Highlight Slott Report Mailbag

As crisp temperatures and autumn colors cascade through our neighborhoods, people start eying year-end IRA and tax planning. We saw it in this week's Slott Report Mailbag with questions about a Roth conversion and paying the tax associated with it, distributions from inherited IRAs and the rules regarding what you can and can't do with RMDs (required minimum distributions).

IRA, Retirement and Tax Planning Limericks

Retirement planning is a serious issue, a technical issue, one that involves very intricate terminology and an advanced, educated financial team to make sense of it all. But, sometimes, the basics can be broken down in interesting ways, hence The Slott Report's IRA, retirement and tax planning limericks.

Hurricane Issac and IRAs

Hurricane Isaac, which began on August 26, 2012, did considerable flooding and wind damage to parts of the U.S., especially Louisiana and Mississippi. Some areas in those states were declared federal disaster areas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

What Does IRA Stand For? Not What You May Think

If you're like the majority of people - including financial advisors and accountants - here's something you probably don't know. IRA does NOT technically stand for individual retirement account. Instead, the IRA stands for Individual Retirement Arrangement. If you don't believe me, just check out IRS Publication 590. It's right there on the cover. With that said, let's discuss what each of these three little words means in a little more detail.

IRA Rollover Rules, Buying a Building in Your IRA and Hardship Distributions Highlight Slott Report Mailbag

IRAs are not only different, but the rules governing them can be difficult. The Slott Report Mailbag is here to wade through the intricate details and help consumers make the right choices for their retirement plans, and steer them to able, educated financial advisors who can help them fill in the blanks. This week we received questions on the once-per-year rollover rule, buying a building with your IRA, and what qualifies has a hardship distribution.

Buying CDs Doesn't Magically Give You an IRA

When you open a new IRA, certain forms and paperwork must be filled out. Failure to do so can result in large IRS penalties and other harsh tax consequences as a recent court case showed. We explain the details of the case below.

The 5-Year Rules: Moving a Roth Employer Plan to a Roth IRA

You have a Roth 401(k), 403(b), 457(b) or federal government Roth TSP. You have left your job and want to move those funds to a Roth IRA. What 5-year rule applies to the rolled over funds? The answer follows.

Should You Begin 72(t) (SEPPs, SOSEPPS) Distributions in the Fiscal or Calendar Year?

A client is setting up a 72(t) distribution schedule – substantially equal periodic payments that will be exempt from the 10% early distribution penalty. Her first distribution won't be made until September and she would like to take monthly payments. But she also wants the full distribution for the first year, not just four payments. Can she do this? We answer this question below.
 

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