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QCDs and RMDs: Today’s Q&A Mailbag

This week's Slott Report Mailbag answers readers' questions about qualified charitable distributions and required minimum distributions.

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Are You and Your Retirement Plan Ready for the New Year?

2018 is right around the corner. We will be dealing with massive changes to the tax code due to the enactment into law of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Some of those changes are going to apply to you and some of those changes will affect your retirement and assets that you hope will go to your heirs. Are you ready?

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Happy Holidays

We at the Slott Report would like to wish all our readers and their families a very happy holiday season! We thank all of you for taking your valuable time to read the Slott Report over the past year. We have heard from many of you and welcome your comments and feedback. Keep it coming!

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Today’s Q&A Mailbag

This week's Slott Report Mailbag answers readers' questions about changes in QCDs, Roth Recharacterization, Roth conversions, and NUA stemming from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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What is a Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan?

Now that it looks like they’ve been spared from elimination in the most recent version of tax reform, it’s worth taking a look at nonqualified deferred compensation plans (“NQDC plans”). NQDC plans take different forms, including salary reduction arrangements, bonus deferral plans, excess benefit plans, and supplemental executive retirement plans. For some clients, this may be a way to defer a greater percentage of income than under traditional qualified plans. It is also a way to attract and retain key employees. These types of plans will be paired with traditional qualified plans to maximize tax savings.

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Make Charitable Gifts by Year End to Lock In Deductions Now

This is the season for charitable giving. And this year, it is especially so for those who want to get the most tax benefit from charity deductions before new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act becomes law. The Act effectively reduces the tax-saving value of the charitable contribution deduction for many.

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QCDs and Roth Conversions: Today’s Q&A Mailbag

This week's Slott Report Mailbag answers readers' questions about QCDs and basis from a Roth conversion.

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Tax Reform Targets Your Ability to Undo Your Roth IRA Conversion

Recharacterization is currently one of the few “do-overs” allowed under the tax code. Its days may now be numbered. The tax reform legislation currently pending in Congress would do away with recharacterization at the end of 2017.

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Rollovers, Spouse as the Beneficiary, and Backdoor Roth: Today’s Q&A Mailbag

This week's Slott Report Mailbag answers readers' questions about rollovers, spouse as the beneficiary, and the backdoor Roth.

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Self-Directed IRAs and Prohibited Transactions

Creating a self-directed IRA is relatively straightforward. It is not a creation of the tax code, but rather stems from the investment policies of the custodian that administers the IRA account. The agreement will allow you to diversify your IRA assets across a wide range of investments that you choose. However, when investing self-directed IRA assets, it is important that you and your advisor understand the types of transactions to avoid. These transactions, called “prohibited transactions,” can lead to serious tax consequences, including the disqualification of your IRA assets.

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