Life can be unpredictable. What might seems like a good idea today can become a bad idea tomorrow. Thus, it can be hard to truly plan for the future when you don’t know what it holds. It’s also what makes life so unpredictable. Luckily (or should that be surprisingly), the IRS realizes this and has allowed some flexibility with what you can do with your IRA(s). For example, they know that there may be times when you need more money than your annual required minimum distribution (RMD). Therefore, they allow for you to take about more than your RMD amount. Continue reading Life is Unexpected. The IRS Has Got Your Back?
If you have an IRA, you are probably familiar with the one rollover per year rule it comes to rollovers between the same type of IRA (i.e. traditional to traditional IRA). As stated, the rule only allows one rollover per year between the same type of IRA, regardless of how many IRAs you have. If you have 3 traditional IRAs, you only get one rollover between them all. That’s it. It’s important to know when that 365 day period begins. It does not begin when the money ends up in the final retirement account, but rather when the distribution from Continue reading When Does the 365 Rule Start?
If you are married, you may have discussed with your spouse what you plan to do with each others estates should one of your pass before the other. This discussion–and other similar ones–is important and can make the period after the passing of a spouse less difficult than it needs to be. As part of those discussions, you may want to talk about what you both will do with an Inherited IRA, if you or your partner have one. There are really three main options for the spouse inheriting the IRA. The first is to leave the IRA as it Continue reading Spousal Inherited IRA: Take It or Leave It
Do you want to know a little financial secret on how to avoid rollover headaches? It’s simple, don’t do them! I’m not kidding. Rollovers, especially 60-day rollovers, can be complex as there are limitations on how many you can do each year and how long you have to move the funds. If you don’t read up on the rules or track the time between when the funds are disbursed to when they must go back into an account, you and your retirement funds could be in for a world of hurt. And yes, there are ways to avoid a rollover Continue reading The Best Way to Avoid Rollover Complications
Just because you are taking advantage of your employer plan’s “still working” exception doesn’t mean you won’t eventually want to tap into your nest egg. Sure, you may delay it for a few years, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still want to take distributions–or roll it over to an IRA–while you are still working. If you decide to do a rollover, you need to be careful that you do not have to take a required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year. If you do have an RMD, you will have to take that RMD before you do the rollover. Continue reading Don’t Forget About RMDs Before a Rollover
When you transfer money between an IRAs or between a qualified retirement plan and an IRA, you’ve probably heard that the best way to do so is through a direct transfer. But do you know why that is? First off, it’s incredibly simple as the money never touches the hands of the account holder and goes from custodian to custodian (or from account to account). Another advantage of a direct transfer is that there is no limit on the number of transfers that can be done over the course of a year, unlike a 60-day rollover which you are limited Continue reading Why Direct Transfers are the Way to Go
Yesterday, I wrote about diversifying your retirement savings by having more than one type of retirement account. While such a concept is a good idea, it also needs to be done reasonably. While it’s okay to have more than one retirement account, it’s not a good idea to have multiple types of the same account or to have so many retirement accounts that you can’t keep track on them. If you find yourself in such a situation, you should consider streamlining your retirement accounts by doing a conversion or rollover so that you only have two, maybe three, accounts. Thus, Continue reading Organize Your Retirement Accounts Through Consolidation
Do you know your options should you inherit an IRA from a spouse? There are often multiple choices regarding what you can do with the money. Furthermore, your options may be impacted by your spouse’s age when they passed, especially if they are under the age of 70½. Your age may also play a factor into your decision. One common option is to roll the IRA money into your own IRA and begin taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) either immediately if you are over age 70½ or when you turn 70½ if you are under that age at the time of Continue reading A Creative Way to Avoid RMDs From an Inherited Account
You may not realize it, but there the money in your Roth IRA will be distributed in a particular order. The order is important as it will determine any potential tax consequences you may have when you take a distribution from your account. In a Roth IRA, there are generally four (4) classifications of assets within an account: (1) regular contributions, (2) taxable conversion and rollover amounts, (3) non-taxable conversion and rollover amounts, and (4) earnings on Roth IRA assets. Remember, that your contributions are tax-free, but that doesn’t mean that other money in the account is not taxable. Thus, Continue reading Following Orders: Your Roth IRA and Your Money
There’s a good chance that you either have or will change jobs multiple times throughout your career. Those job changes may be in the form of promotions within a corporation or jumping to a new company to take a higher position with increased pay and responsibility. Your job change may even involve a career change! However the inevitable job change occurs, don’t forget about your retirement funds and savings when you do so. With many employers offering retirement benefits–and with potential legislation allowing for more smaller companies to offer them in the future–chances are you have (or had) an employer Continue reading Changing Jobs? Don’t Forget About Your Retirement Money