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IRS Updates IRS Publication 590 for 2012

The IRS updated Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) For use in preparing 2012 Returns. This publication is a good source of basic information about Traditional and Roth IRAs, simplified employee pension (SEP) plans, and savings incentive match plans for employees of small employers (SIMPLE) IRA plans. Pub 590 contains a section called “What’s New for 2012.” See some of the notable changes below.

Slott Report Mailbag: Did The New Tax Law Add Income Limits to a Roth Conversion?

This week's Slott Report Mailbag talks about how (if at all) the new tax law affected Roth conversion planning, as well as a look at Roth IRA rollover rules and the ways you can withdrawal 401(k) money early without penalty (can you do that?).

Super Bowl Gambling's Tax and IRA Consequences

Whether you won or lost on Super Bowl Sunday, your gambling wager has tax and IRA planning consequences. Super Bowl XLVII was held in New Orleans this past Sunday. After San Francisco played a “lights out” second half after the lights went out, the Baltimore Ravens held on to win the game 34–31. Although Baltimore won the game and got to raise the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy, it wasn't the only winner this past weekend. In fact, millions of Americans became winners themselves as a result of legal and illegal gambling.

Don't Forget About Your 2010 Roth Conversion on Your 2012 Tax Return

As we gather our information to prepare our federal income tax return for 2012, don't forget about that Roth IRA conversion you did all of the way back in 2010. A conversion you did from a company plan or IRA to a Roth IRA in 2010 will likely need to be reported on your 2010 tax return.

Your IRS Form 1099-R Has Arrived (or Should Have by January 31, 2013)!

If you took a withdrawal from any IRA or employer plan last year, you will get a copy of IRS Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc. very soon. The IRA custodian or employer plan was required to send you a copy of Form 1099-R by January 31, 2013 for any 2012 retirement plan distributions you took.

Slott Report Mailbag: Can I Deposit This Check In My IRA After 60 Days?

This week's Slott Report Mailbag talks about the act of "moving money" from one retirement account (yours or an inherited account) to another. There are many tax and penalty pitfalls at play, and we dissect the right way to go through these procedures in the question-and-answer below.

IRAtv: Can IRS Regulate Persons Who Prepare Tax Returns for a Fee?

A Washington, D.C. district court handed down a ruling that affects all of us as the 2012 tax season gets underway. The court ruled in Loving et al vs. IRS that the Internal Revenue Service did NOT have the authority to regulate persons who prepare or help prepare tax returns for a fee. They couldn't order these individuals to pass a test or maintain a minimum required level of competency.

Updated IRS Publication 560 - Retirement Plan Information for Small Businesses

The retirement plan rules are constantly changing. They can be complex. Often, taxpayers are looking for good, free sources of information. While Internet searches can be helpful, caution should be used because there is no guarantee that the information you have found is timely or accurate. So where can you get accurate information on retirement plans? We explain below.

Updated IRS Form 8606 Includes IRA Changes

The 2012 tax law changes, passed by Congress after the fact in 2013, have necessitated some changes in forms used to file your 2012 taxes. IRS has just updated Form 8606, Nondeductible IRAs. This latest version is dated January 15, 2013.

Slott Report Mailbag: How Does the New Tax Law Affect Me?

We have covered the new tax law (the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012) from both a retirement planning and tax planning standpoint since it was signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 2, 2013. We wrote a quick analysis of the law complete with a 5-plus-minute video on 5 key planning points. We followed with a detailed look at qualified charitable distributions (a topic we get frequent questions about), and how they were affected by the new law.

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