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The Headaches of IRA Transfers, Rollovers, and Unclaimed Property

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into IRA transfers, unclaimed property, and IRA rollovers.

5 QCD Rules You Must Know

A Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) is way for you to move funds out of your IRA to a qualifying charity income tax free. Time is running out if you are interested doing a QCD for 2016. The rapidly-approaching deadline for a QCD for this year is December 31, 2016. If you are thinking this might be a good strategy for you for 2016, here are 5 rules you must know.

Boomers Want Technology Too!

It’s no secret that millennials and other young workers today value technology in terms of helping them manage their financial affairs. However, the value that savers place on technology is not limited to young savers. In fact, Boomers are seeking out and incorporating technology into their financial lives at an increasingly rapid rate... a fact that numerous studies and surveys have found.

Need to Knows about Rollover IRAs and PLRs

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into rollover IRAs and PLRs.

Why You Should Take Your RMD

You are 70 ½ or older this year so you have a required minimum distribution (RMD). But, you don’t need the money or you don’t want to increase your income and pay more in income tax so you don’t want to take your RMD. What happens if you just ignore your RMD and do not take it?

Who Doesn’t Need to Take a 2016 RMD by December 31?

Fall is in the air and the holidays are just around the corner. For many retirement account owners, this means that an important deadline is approaching. Most of those who are 70 ½ or older will need to take a 2016 RMD by December 31, 2016. However, that deadline does not apply to everyone. If you are age 70 ½ or over, when would an RMD not be required to be taken from your retirement account by the upcoming December 31 deadline? Here are some exceptions that might apply to you.

IRA's with QCDs, RMDs and Tax Contributions

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into beneficiary IRA's with specific examples when over or under 70 1/2 years old with QCDs, RMDs as well as pre and post tax contributions.

What Does Change in Political Leadership Mean to Your Retirement?

What is there to say that hasn’t already been said (10,000 times)? The election of Donald Trump to be our next President shocked the pollsters, the American public and, by all accounts, even the President-elect himself. Reactions are obviously divided, to say the least, but one thing that has united most retirees, regardless of the side of the aisle that they sit on, is the question, “What does this mean for me?”

Roth IRA Reconversions

The deadline of October 15th has passed for recharacterizing Roth conversions done in 2015. (You have until October 15, 2017 to recharacterize your 2016 Roth conversions.) Now that you have recharacterized a 2015 conversion, what comes next? Can you reconvert those funds? The answer is yes, after a waiting period.

RMDs When You are No Longer “Still Working”

Required minimum distributions (RMDs) are fact of life for most retirement account owners once they reach age 70 ½. However, if you fit the definition of “still-working” you catch break and can delay your RMDs. What happens when you finally decide to throw in the towel and begin your well-earned retirement? Well, RMDs must start and that’s when things can get a little complicated. You will want to proceed with caution because a missed RMD is a costly mistake. There is a 50% penalty on an RMD that is not taken. That is not the way you want to start your golden years!

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