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If You're Over 70 1/2 Years Old and Still Working You Need to Know This

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into still working exceptions, RMDs, and IRA transfers.

How to Increase Your Chances of Audit to 100%

Congratulations! You’ve made it through yet another tax season. By now, you should have either filed your return or an extension. If you did the former, and actually filed your return, a three-year statute of limitations clock has begun to tick. This three-year period is generally the amount of time that the IRS has to examine your return via an audit, though there are some exceptions (such as when fraud is involved, in which case there is no statute of limitations).

Interesting Use of the QCD Strategy

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) are now a permanent part of the tax code. They allow individuals who are at least 70 ½ years old at the time of the transfer to directly transfer IRA funds to a qualifying charity. The individual gets no charitable deduction for these contributed funds, but, they do not have to include the funds in income. It is as if they completely disappear. It’s even better than investing with Bernie Madoff! But wait, there’s more. The QCD transaction can also satisfy a required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year. QCDs are capped at $100,000 per year, per IRA owner.

What Victims of Casualty Theft Need to Know: This Week’s Q&A

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into Casualty Theft, IRS rules, Medicare, and Roth conversions.

Last Minute IRA Contribution Advice

The 2016 tax-filing deadline is upon us. Are you considering making a 2016 IRA contribution? It’s not too late, but time is quickly running out. Here are some quick words of last minute advice to keep in mind as you make your contribution.

Sometimes It Pays to Treat Your Kids Unequally

As the father of more than one child, I understand the desire to try and treat children as equally as possible. You certainly don’t want one child to think you love him/her any less, or more, than your other children (though children will inevitably feel that way at one time or another), and you want the best for all of your children. But while children may share the same parents, may grow up in the same house and may be raised in the same manner, they are very much like snowflakes. Each one is truly unique. For those not set on a predetermined course of action when developing an estate plan, there are definitely scenarios where, from a purely financial perspective, it can pay to treat children differently. In fact, doing so can, in some cases, leave everyone with more than they would have otherwise.

The Consequences of Breaking Rollover Rules

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into IRA rollovers, IRA transfers, and back-door Roth IRAs.

An IRA Rollover Quiz

Most people think it is easy to move their retirement assets. But is it? The following is a quick quiz. How many of these rollover questions can you get correct? The answers are at the end of the quiz.

The Ultimate Rainy Day Fund; The Roth IRA

A recent Pew Charitable Trusts study released in March came to the scary conclusion that roughly one-third of Americans would have trouble coming up with $2,000 in the event of an emergency. Clearly, this is a problem. Try as one might, emergencies are bound to happen from time to time. Some of them may not have an impact on your finances, but many emergencies will. With that in mind, let’s talk for a moment about the ultimate emergency fund, the Roth IRA.

This Week's Q&A: Converting a Pre-Tax IRA to a Roth and More

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into converting and contributing to different IRAs, 401(k)s, and RMDs.


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