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Spousal IRAs: What are They and Who Can Contribute to One?

Spousal IRAs are designed to allow a working spouse to make IRA contributions for a spouse who does not have enough earned income to make their own IRA contributions.

Are You in the IRA Sweet Spot?

If you have an IRA, you need to know about the “sweet spot.” What is the IRA sweet spot? Well, that is when you are between ages 59½ and 70½.

This Week's Q&A Mailbag: Excess IRA Contributions and RMDs for Inherited IRAs

This week's Q&A Mailbag answers reader questions on excess IRA contributions and RMDs for inherited IRAs.

12 Ways the IRS Website Can Help You Reduce Your Taxes and File Your Return

The IRS website provides a host of free resources that can help minimize your tax bill and manage your taxes all year round. Yet, most taxpayers are unaware of them. Here are a dozen of the best.

Understanding the Pro-Rata Rule

The pro-rata rule is an important, though commonly misunderstood, rule that affects the taxation of IRA money. It only comes into play when your traditional IRA consists of both pre-tax and after-tax monies. These after-tax dollars can come from non-deductible IRA contributions or rollovers of after-tax funds from employer plans. Either way, once those monies are in the account, subsequent distributions or conversions are subject to the pro-rata rule. The pro-rata rule does not apply to Roth IRA assets. Instead, Roth IRA distributions are subject to their own set of ordering rules.

This Week's Q&A Mailbag: Roth IRA Contributions and Distributions

This week's Q&A Mailbag answers reader questions on Roth IRA contributions and distributions.

IRS Releases Modified Inflation Adjusted Items

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act revised the way inflation adjusted numbers will be calculated by IRS. The Act now mandates that these numbers be calculated using chained CPI. IRS has gone back and recalculated inflation adjusted amounts for use in 2018.

5 Roth IRA Facts That May Surprise You

Do you think you understand all the rules that govern your Roth IRA? Not so fast! There are many misconceptions as to how these complicated accounts work. Here are 5 Roth IRA facts that might surprise you.

This Week's Q&A Mailbag: SEP contributions, RMDs, and Inherited IRAs

This week's Q&A Mailbag answers reader questions on SEP contributions, RMDs, and Inherited IRAs.

Bitcoin as an IRA Investment: 6 Things to Know

Bitcoin is receiving a surge of publicity as a possible IRA investment, and a number of new firms have recently started targeting the "Bitcoin IRA" market. Read about six things to know when investing IRA funds in Bitcoin.
 

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