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Your Age 70 1/2 RMD Required Beginning Date

If you were age 70 ½ last year (in 2013), April 1, 2014 is an important deadline for taking your 2013 IRA required minimum distribution (RMD). The tax code refers to this April 1st deadline as your required beginning date (RBD).

The 60-Day IRA Rollover: What Can Go Wrong

We are constantly saying that you should not do a 60-day rollover unless it is absolutely necessary. Here is a perfect example of why that's the case. The following story comes from a recent private letter ruling issued by IRS. It details some of the many ways a 60-day rollover can go horribly wrong.

The 3 Most Important Things to Know About Roth IRAs

Roth IRAs have many rules and benefits, so boiling them all down to a list of just three isn't easy. Inevitably, there will be important information you should consider that's not on this list. That said, by simply knowing these three rules, you'll have a pretty good idea of whether or not you should be having the "Roth Talk." Click to learn about these three rules in detail.

Annuity vs. IRA Annuity Confusion

Recently, a woman found out the hard way what can happen when she was confused over the difference between an annuity and an IRA annuity. As a result, an IRA distribution that she took was taxable to her even though she intended to roll over the funds tax-free to another IRA within 60 days. She asked the IRS for a waiver of the 60-day rollover rule due to her confusion but the IRS said no, so the problem couldn’t be fixed.

Tax Time IRA Questions ... And Our Answers

It's tax time - and we've covered a lot of key planning issues during our Tax Planning Week. Here are some responses to other key IRA questions that come up a lot at tax time.

President's 2015 Budget Reinforces Need for Tax Diversification

Last Wednesday at The Slott Report, we released our analysis of the retirement provisions in the President’s 2015 fiscal year budget, breaking the news that, as part of that budget, Roth IRA owners would have RMDs during their lifetimes. Since that time, we’ve been hit with emails, calls and other inquiries about what, if anything, makes sense to do in light of that proposal. We give you our analysis below.

Own a Business? Consider a SEP IRA For 2013

If you own a business and currently don’t have a company retirement plan, consider opening a SEP (Simplified Employee Pension) for 2013 (that's not a misprint in dates). A SEP is a relatively uncomplicated employer retirement plan that uses an IRA as its funding vehicle. Click to find out why business owners should consider a SEP IRA for 2013.

Your 2014 Retirement Planning Building Blocks

It's never too late (or early) to get started on your 2014 retirement planning. There are certain building blocks that Ed Slott, America's IRA Expert, believes are the foundational keys to a successful long-term retirement plan. He goes through them in considerable detail in the IRAtv video below (click here to watch in browser), and here's a quick-hitting list of the key building blocks.

Legal Update: 60-Day IRA Rollovers and Inherited IRAs in Bankruptcy

Interesting things are happening in the courts with regard to retirement plans, specifically 60-day IRA rollovers and inherited IRAs in bankruptcy. Click for an update on what's happening.

Slott Report Mailbag: Are 401(k) and IRA Distribution Rules Different In Year I Turn 70 1/2?

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Are the rules different for 401(k) and IRA distributions in the year you turn age 70 1/2? We answer that questions and two others in this week's Slott Report Mailbag.

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