Many IRA owners invest in assets other than the usual stocks, bonds, cash, and mutual funds. In fact, the tax code allows for IRAs to invest in just about anything out there except for collectibles, life insurance, and S-corporation stock. But when you invest in those “other assets,” what are they really worth? If you…

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What are the rules when you inherit an inherited IRA? We get this question frequently. Let’s consider what happens when using designated beneficiaries. Jim dies and names Mike as his beneficiary on the beneficiary form. Five years later Mike dies and has named Phyllis, who is a successor beneficiary, on the beneficiary form. Titling The…

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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. Hardship Withdrawals There is no hardship withdrawal from an IRA. You have access to your IRA funds at any time, for any reason. There is a hardship…

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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. IRA distributions where the check is made payable to the IRA owner or the funds are transferred to…

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We live in a fast-paced world, and sometimes it isn’t very easy to remember every little exception to various rules, including the rules regarding Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). This article from Ed Slott and Company will help you to better understand and gain knowledge of  the RMD rules and exceptions.  1. General Rule As a…

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As with most IRA rules, there are exceptions to the once-per-year rollover rule. The rule applies to IRA-to-IRA and Roth IRA-to-Roth IRA 60-day rollovers. Just to be clear, an IRA rollover occurs when a check is issued by the IRA or Roth IRA custodian that is payable to the account owner. The following are the…

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So you think you don’t need/can’t afford an advisor? Have you considered the cost of making IRA mistakes? Even seemingly simple transactions are subject to rules and restrictions under the tax code. Did you contribute too much by mistake? This mistake cannot be corrected by simply withdrawing the excess amount. There are rules on how…

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Rules never go away as much as we may want them to at times, usually when we are just plain exhausted from life’s daily tasks and hardships. Whatever the case may be, it’s very important to increase our awareness and understanding of certain rules or else we can potentially face unwanted consequences, thereby making our…

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With each passing year comes increased responsibilities. As one accumulates more responsibilities, that individual needs to ask the important questions such as “[h]ow can I ensure that I live responsibly so that my future is as comfortable as possible? ” and [w]hat age is best to start planning accordingly for my future?”.  Other important factors…

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