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The Roth Conversion Decision Just Got Tougher

As much as we like Roth conversions and encourage individuals to convert, we do realize that Roth conversions aren't for everyone. There have always been many factors to consider before doing a conversion. With the passage of the 2012 tax act on January 2, 2013 and with the healthcare surtaxes taking effect in 2013, there are now more factors to consider. We explain these below.

Slott Report Mailbag: Can I Make a 2012 Charitable Distribution Before February 1, 2013?

The questions are rolling in, as consumers are trying to make sense of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Enjoy this week's Slott Report Mailbag!

Your Tax Rate May Not Have Increased, But Your Tax Bill Probably Did!

On January 2, 2013 President Barack Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) into law. Chances are this was pretty good news for you. Although the ATRA does create a new 39.6% tax bracket, this bracket is only expected to impact about 2% of all taxpayers. But just because your ordinary tax rate doesn’t increase in 2013 doesn’t mean you won’t pay more tax this year. In fact, most estimates show that anywhere between 75% and 80% of all taxpayers will pay more tax in 2013 than they did in 2012. Here’s a few reasons why that could be the case for you.

IRS Updates Program for Fixing SEP and SIMPLE IRA Plan Mistakes

The rules for operating an employer retirement plan are complicated and mistakes are sometimes made. Recently, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2013-12 with information that updates the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) for addressing various retirement plan compliance problems.

Wall Street Journal: Is It Time to Convert to a Roth 401(k)?

The new tax provisions within the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 make some subtle, if not substantial, changes to income tax rates, the top estate tax rate, capital gains rates for upper-income earners and more. Click to learn how these changes may impact you.

QCDs for 2012? YES, They are Now Available

Congress finally got around to passing tax legislation for 2012 with the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. It revived qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) for two years – retroactively for 2012 and also for 2013. They had to tweak the rules, though, for 2012 since they did not renew the provision until 2013. What major tweak is in store?

Slott Report Mailbag: Can I Claim Roth IRA Losses on My Tax Form?

A new tax law brings a lot of indecision, and we expect the questions to start pouring in over the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. In the short term, we continue to see many questions about how to forge forward with proper planning in 2013, outside any of the tax provisions from the new law. This week's Slott Report Mailbag tackles Roth conversion income limits, Roth recharacterizations and the rules governing IRA distributions.

Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: 5 Key 2013 Retirement Planning Points

The House of Representatives passed a previously-passed Senate bill (H.R. 8), a 157-page bill called the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. There are many retirement planning provisions included in the bill that kept the United States from plunging off the fiscal cliff (cue scary music, plus the equally-scary reality that another showdown over spending cuts and deficit reduction is looming on the horizon).

New 2013 Traditional and Roth IRA Limits Are Set

You may not have noticed that the IRA contribution and income limits increased for 2013 thanks to wall-to-wall coverage of the fiscal cliff. You may not have noticed that the IRA contribution and income limits increased for 2013 thanks to wall-to-wall coverage of the fiscal cliff.

The Most Pressing Year-End Retirement Planning Questions

Tick, tock, tick, tock. 2013 is almost here, and we at The Slott Report want to provide a few more important points to remember if you are still sorting through year-end retirement planning. These are the questions I am getting most frequently as we near the end of the year.

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