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Category: Retirement Planning

May 23, 2022

Proposed Regs for Inherited IRAs Bring Unwelcome Surprises

Back in late 2019, the first significant legislation addressing retirement savings since 2006 became law. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act has resulted in many changes to retirement and estate planning strategies, but it also raised some questions. The IRS has been left to fill the gaps, most recently with the February 2022 release of proposed regulations that have left many taxpayers confused and unsure of how to proceed. The proposed regs cover numerous topics, but… Read more ›

April 20, 2022

Seven Financial Questions That College Graduates Should Ask Themselves

Graduation can be one of the most exciting — and intimidating — times in your life. You’re officially an adult, and with that new-found independence comes financial responsibilities. No pressure, but the decisions you make today about spending and saving can mean the difference between struggling for the rest of your life and building a solid financial future. Here’s a list of important questions to ask yourself as you start your journey: 1. Where Should I Live? Depending on where… Read more ›

April 15, 2022

Congress Eyes Further Retirement Savings Enhancements

In 2019, the bipartisan Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) — the first significant legislation related to retirement savings since 2006 — became law. Now Congress appears ready to build on that law to further increase Americans’ retirement security. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Securing a Strong Retirement Act by a 414-5 vote. Also known as SECURE 2.0, the bill contains numerous provisions that — if enacted — would affect both individuals and employers,… Read more ›

April 13, 2022

Squeeze More Out of a Company SEP

If you want a retirement plan for your small company or self-employed business — but you don’t want to be buried in paperwork — consider a simplified employee pension plan or SEP. Among the appealing advantages: SEPs are set up by simply filling out a brief form. Annual reports aren’t required to be filed with the IRS, although you must provide a copy of the SEP form to each covered employee. (Most retirement plans require detailed reports to be filed… Read more ›

April 7, 2022

Do You Need Long-Term Insurance?

  Some people are worried that they will wind up in a nursing home with their life savings wiped out. But that doesn’t have to be the case. You can buy some peace of mind with long-term care insurance. But caveat emptor: These policies can be expensive, complicated and they don’t always cover all the costs involved. First, the good news: If you purchase long-term care insurance, you may be able to get a limited tax deduction. Plus, benefits received… Read more ›

April 7, 2022

Tax Consequences of Borrowing From a Retirement Plan

  If your company has a qualified retirement plan or you have set one up in self-employment — such as a 401(k), profit-sharing, or Keogh plan — the participants might be allowed to borrow from their accounts. (This option is not available for traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, SEPs, or SIMPLE-IRAs.) In the right circumstances, taking out a plan loan can be a smart financial move because a participant gains access (within limits) to his or her retirement account money without… Read more ›

March 2, 2022

How to Pay Retiree Health Costs Tax-Free

  If you own a small business, you may have set up a defined benefit pension plan for you and your employees that will provide a specific amount of retirement income based on salary history and years of service. For 2022, the maximum annual benefit of a defined pension plan is $245,000 (up from $230,000 in 2021). In future years, it will be subject to cost-of-living adjustments. But retirement tends to be a time when medical expenses grow. Those expenses… Read more ›

March 2, 2022

Avoiding the 10% Penalty On Early IRA Withdrawals

  For one reason or another, you may need to take some money out of an IRA before reaching retirement.* You can withdraw money from an IRA at any time and for any reason, but it’s important to keep in mind that most IRA withdrawals are at least partially taxable. In other words, you’ll owe regular income tax on the amount. In addition, the taxable portion of a withdrawal taken before age 59 1/2, which is called an “early withdrawal,”… Read more ›

February 21, 2022

Make Sure Your Beneficiary Designations Reflect Your Wishes

  Beneficiary designations determine who will receive your assets, such as retirement plans, life insurance policies and, potentially, bank and brokerage accounts, when you die. Even if you’ve made an estate plan that includes a will or trust, you need to regularly update beneficiary designations because these assets typically don’t go through the probate process. Plan to review designations once a year or whenever you experience a major life change, such as a birth, death, marriage or divorce. Recognize Serious… Read more ›

February 21, 2022

Retirement Planning 101: The Power of Compounding

When people are young, saving for retirement is often the last thing on their minds. But starting early and saving every month can translate into a huge difference in your net worth at retirement — all through the power of compounding. It’s a simple concept: Compounding allows you to earn profit on your profit, or interest on your interest. Over an extended period of time, you can earn far more than you thought possible, particularly if the annual rate of… Read more ›