IRA distribution rules are extremely shortsighted. They punish taxpayers in the short run and gain the government less in the long term. To see how, let’s examine how Washington compels people to withdraw money from these popular retirement plans.
Most Gen-Yers don’t know what types of retirement accounts to start with. I break down the pros and cons of two most popular ones - 401(k) and the Roth individual retirement account - to help you decide which is right for you.
Depending on your income, you can’t just sock away whatever you want wherever you want for retirement. Our first article looked at how much you can save annually in your individual retirement account, hinging on how much you make and what status you use to file your taxes.
Your pay not only determines the size of your nest egg when you retire but also restricts how much you save annually without penalty. Here are your limits for 2015, based on how you file your tax return.
Your decision to defer taxes via a 401(k) or traditional individual retirement account seems to make sense today for your future. Deferring taxes in an IRA can certainly reduce the taxes you owe in the current year. But predicting the impact of tax deferral in the future becomes more complex, and may cost you more in the long run.
Families inherit money and sometimes make the right moves investing and spending. Inheritances can also ignite disruption, divorce and a host of bad behavior far from the hopes and plans of the benefactor. What happens when you leave what’s probably one of your biggest investments: your individual retirement plan?
Now more than ever you must explore every detail of potential income for your golden years. Sometimes that takes a little legwork, the right questions and a willingness to admit that you don’t know the answers.
You may not naturally combine retirement funding and charitable planning, but often donating your retirement benefits to charity can be an ideal financial move for both you and your favorite charity.
Most of you hold at least one retirement plan. Each type of plan differs subtly from others, but most offer deductibility from current income and deferred taxation on growth. Beyond that, other facts remain true across many of these accounts.
Your individual retirement account can constitute one of the richest assets you can leave to heirs. In some circumstances, your heirs benefit if you convert your traditional IRA to a Roth before your death. Whether to convert depends on many of your needs and circumstances.