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Why IRA Beneficiaries Should Name Their Own Beneficiaries

I just had a call from an advisor with a “complicated” scenario. “Ralph” died and left his IRA to his spouse “Alice.” Ralph was 62 in the year he died.

Using the Medical Expense Exception to the 10% Early Distribution Penalty

Generally, taking distributions from an IRA or qualified plan before retirement age should be a last resort. Of course, life has its unexpected pitfalls and at times, earlier access to these funds is necessary.

IRA Rollovers and Paying for College with a 401(k): Today's Slott Report Mailbag

Question: Hi Ed: I have been reading you for more than 20 years – thank you for all your contributions to our industry. I have a client (about to be over 70 ½) whose new employer told him that he should roll all of his old employer plans and IRAs over to the new employer’s 403b plan (in which he is participating), for the purpose of avoiding having to take RMDs when he turns 70 ½.

IRS Extends Retirement Account Deadlines for Victims of Hurricane Florence

The news has been filled with reports of the flooding and damage in North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence. As the cleanup continues, the IRS has announced tax relief for the storm’s victims.

IRS Updates the Special Tax Notice (Rollover Notice) for Qualified Plans

Qualified plans are required to provide participants with a number of notices and information. There’s the Summary Plan Description, the Summary Annual Report, annual safe harbor notices (if applicable), plan account statements (either quarterly or annually), and the Special Tax Notice for distributions.

Are Changes Coming to the IRA Rules?

After last year’s passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which overhauled the tax code, you might think Congress would be done with tax legislation for a while. That is not the case.

Roth IRAs and IRA Contributions: Today's Slott Report Mailbag

Good Morning, I have a question in regards to Roth 401k vs Roth IRA. Can you roll over your Roth 401k to a Roth IRA to avoid the RMD that must be taken when the individual reaches 70 1/2 with a Roth 401k?

Roth IRAs and the 5-Year Rules

We constantly see questions regarding the distribution rules for Roth IRAs. Personally, I’ve always thought that the failure to understand these rules prevents many from truly appreciating the benefits of these accounts.

October 15 is the Deadline to Recharacterize 2017 IRA Contributions and Conversions

A recharacterization is a tax-free transfer of funds from one kind of IRA to another. If you converted a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA and now are reconsidering, recharacterization allows you to undo the transaction and move the funds back to a traditional IRA.

Trusts and Beneficiaries: Today's Slott Report Mailbag

i Read your column in the Chicago Tribune and have learned a lot. I have a question I don't think you have addressed. I have multiple Roth IRA's that I converted years ago, paid the taxes and they are continuing to grow.

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