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When You Want to Transfer 401(k) Funds from a Former Employer: This Week’s Q&A

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into into IRA contributions and rolling over 401(k) assets from former employers.

Hardship and Retirement Distributions – No Free Pass

A very common mistake on the part of IRA owners and plan participants is thinking that distributions taken because of their financial difficulties are tax and penalty free.

Why Your Kids Don’t Want Your HSA

Do you have an HSA? Have you thought about what will happen to those funds after you are gone? You may be surprised. At your death, any funds remaining in your HSA are payable to the beneficiary you name on the account. If your spouse is your beneficiary the news is good. If your kids get your HSA, they may not fare so well.

Don’t Make the Same Mistakes These Advisors Made: This Week’s Q&A

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into SEP-IRAs, 403(b)s and inherited IRAs.

Five Things to Consider When Researching Retirement Questions on the Internet

The internet can be a blessing and it can be a curse. It is a fantastic place to do research on almost anything, but is the information you find current and accurate? Here are five things to consider when doing internet research into retirement questions.

5 Strategies to Reduce RMDs

Nothing lasts forever. This includes tax deferral on your IRAs. Eventually, Uncle Sam is going to want his share and will require funds to come out of these accounts. That is when required minimum distributions (RMDs) must begin. What if you don’t need the money? What if you don’t want a tax hit? Here are five strategies to reduce your RMDs.

Taxes Can Be Hefty If You Make These Rollover Mistakes

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into taking RMDs from multiple accounts, 60-day rollovers and the once-per-year rollover rule.

IRA Distribution Basics – Taxation of Distributions

Most IRA accounts hold pre-tax contributions and rollover amounts from employer plans. For purposes of this blog, I am going to assume that there are no after-tax amounts held in any IRA, including SEP and SIMPLE IRAs.

10 Things You Must Know about HSAs

As the summer heats up, healthcare remains a hot topic. Will the ACA survive? Will Congressional Republicans succeed in repealing and replacing it? As we reach July these questions remain unanswered. One thing that is clear, however, is that Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are playing a significant role in the healthcare deliberations. Proponents advocate expanding these accounts as a way to save on health costs and get a tax break. Opponents argue that HSAs can’t help those who cannot afford to fund them.

Questions about Your Inherited IRA? This Week’s Mailbag Q&A

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into inherited IRAs, RMDs, and NUAs.

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