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Can I Move Non-IRA Assets to an Inherited IRA?

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This week's Slott Report Mailbag examines how to title beneficiary IRA trusts and answers questions on moving non-IRA assets to inherited IRAs and accessing 403(b) funds and moving them to different accounts while still working.

When is Tax Free NOT Tax Free?

Tax free just has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? There are many types of tax-free income. Life insurance proceeds, qualified Roth IRA distributions and municipal bond interest come to mind as three of the most common sources. If these various types of income are all “tax free” though, does that mean that they all have the same, seemingly non-existent, impact on your tax return? Maybe, maybe not. Consider the following.

IRS Gives Certain Michigan Residents More Time to Complete Some IRA Transactions

Victims of severe storms and flooding that started on August 11, 2014 in parts of Michigan may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service. On September 26, the IRS issued News Release MI-2014-21, which extended certain deadlines for individuals and businesses affected by those storms. Read on to see if you are affected by these extensions.

IRS Help for Small Business Employer Plans

The IRS website includes several valuable free employer retirement plan resources. One example is their newsletter Retirement News for Employers. There is a section of this specific newsletter that examines starting an employer plan. Read on for more details on this newsletter and other free IRS resources.

How Would My Surviving Spouse Beneficiary Retitle an Inherited IRA?

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This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks at how a QDRO (qualified domestic relations order) works with 401(k) withdrawals and details the IRA beneficiary process. As always, we recommend you work with a competent, educated financial advisor to keep your retirement nest egg safe and secure. You can find one in your area here.

3 Questions and Answers for IRA Owners and Beneficiaries Living Abroad

IRAs are U.S.-based retirement accounts. Today, however, more than ever we live in a globalized world. Many U.S. citizens work, sometimes for many years, overseas. The reverse is also true. And many of our country’s citizens still have many close friends and family overseas. Put all that together and today, it’s possible that you may have questions about how the IRA rules work when either you or your beneficiaries live abroad. With that in mind, below we tackle three of the most common questions.

Pro-Rata Tax Rules Still Apply When Converting IRA Funds to Roth IRA

Since the release of IRS Notice 2014-54 on September 18, 2014, there has been some confusion over whether the rules in that Notice apply to converting IRA funds to a Roth IRA. Notice 2014-54 provides favorable guidance for people with after-tax money in their company retirement plan, such as a 401(k). As a result of the Notice, if you have after-tax funds (basis) in your company plan, you may be able to convert some of your retirement savings to a Roth IRA tax-free.

Confusion Reigns After IRS Notice 2014-54: Can You Roll Only After-Tax 401(k) Funds to a Roth IRA?

In the wake of IRS Notice 2014-54, this question is coming up a lot. Can you roll only after-tax 401(k) funds to a Roth IRA? The answer is that you are NOT limited to moving only after-tax employer plan funds to a Roth IRA.

After Tax-Money in Company Retirement Plan: 5 Questions You Need Answered After IRS Notice 2014-54

Most people are familiar with the basic rules for the pre-tax salary deferrals and employer contributions that are the most frequent types of money found in 401(k) and similar plans. Few, however, are aware of the rules for after-tax contributions to the “traditional side” of such plans and the unique rules and planning opportunities that can present themselves. That’s begun to change over the last week, however, since the release of IRS Notice 2014-54, which provided exceptionally favorable guidance for people with after-tax money in their 401(k) and similar plans.

IRAs and Loans Don't Mix

Since you have unlimited access to your IRA funds, you might be tempted to use your IRA for personal use. While you are allowed to take an IRA distribution at any time, and for any reason, the IRA distribution will be taxable to you if you don’t roll it over within 60-days of receipt. So, in order to avoid having to pay federal income taxes on an IRA distribution, you might think to try and take a loan from your IRA instead. Unfortunately, taking a loan from your IRA could actually cost you MORE in taxes than taking an IRA distribution.

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