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Self-Directed IRAs and Fraud Promoters

Self-directed IRAs provide some different investing options, but they come with risks. Jeffrey Levine details the dangers in the video below and provides 5 tips you can use to safeguard yourself against fraud in these cases.

Roth Recharacterization Deadline Final Word

There is one final word to add on the Roth recharacterization deadline for Roth IRA conversions completed in 2010. The recharacterization deadline for residents residing in certain counties of states impacted by Hurricanes/Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, as well as the Texas wildfires, has been extended to October 31, 2011. Click for details regarding this relief on the IRS website.

Roth Conversion Deferral, Annuities and IRAs Highlight Mailbag

This week's Slott Report Mailbag answers questions about reporting Roth conversion income deferred to 2011 and the process involving annuities, required minimum distributions and IRAs.

Year-End IRA Deadline Falls on a Saturday

We recently informed you that the recharacterization deadline for 2010 Roth IRA conversions is generally October 15th of the year following the year of conversion. This year, the deadline is October 17th because the 15th falls on a Saturday.

Roth Recharacterization Reminder, IRA Trust October Deadline

This week's video blog highlights the information covered this week at The Slott Report, including an article on the October IRA trust deadline and the final part in the series on the variation in IRA rules state to state.

Important October Deadlines for IRAs

October is almost here, and with the turning of the page comes some important IRA deadlines you should add to the calendar.

SEP Accounts and Recharacterizations Highlight Mailbag

This week's Slott Report Mailbag includes questions about converting part of an active SEP (Simplified Employee Pension) to a Roth IRA and the recharacterization process as it concerns tax returns.

IRAs and Different State Provisions (2 of 3)

When many people think about the rules that govern IRAs, they see them as universal rules, applicable to everyone equally in all circumstances. While many rules do, in fact, apply to everyone equally, variations in state law can also create significant differences in how IRAs are treated in different states.

Last Call for Qualified Charitable Distributions?

The topic of qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) is one we have written about several times here in The Slott Report, most recently last December. Well, it’s time to write about it again as the legislation that allows QCDs is due to expire at the end of this year, absent an extension enacted by Congress. Thus, if you are or will be age 70 ½ or older by December 31, 2011, you definitely need to be aware of QCDs.

Important October Deadlines, IRA Roundtable Videos, QCDs

This week at The Slott Report, we will cover several important topics with upcoming deadlines. Below is the schedule of articles, and make sure to view our Instant IRA Success Roundtable Videos posted below and at our YouTube page.
 

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