What is this? This Quick Assessment Tool can be used to get a generalized answer as to how to deal with the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act effects on your IRA and Qualified Retirement Plan (“retirement plan”) accounts under your estate plan (“EP”). We still recommend that you review both the Secure Act Q&A and Secure Act Self-Assessment Tool / Full Discussion documents to better understand the issues and the most viable options in your situation.
The IRS recently published IRS Information Letter 2016-0071. This Information Letter discusses rules that apply to anyone who has inherited an IRA account or other tax-deferred retirement savings account (which we will collectively refer to as “IRA accounts” for convenience in this post), and who is not the surviving spouse of the original IRA account [...]
At its most fundamental level, estate planning is about controlling the otherwise-uncontrollable. Death is inevitable; disability is increasingly probable as we age. When death or incapacity occurs, what happens to us, to our property, and to our loved ones? Planning in advance and taking advantage of our many applicable federal and state laws allows us [...]
Roth IRAs can be an incredible investment vehicle. Roth IRAs provide the potential for you to make investments and enjoy the results without any income taxes or penalties, and with great income tax deferral opportunities. Roth IRAs can also be a great way for you to pass assets to your loved ones after your passing. [...]
Converting your investments in traditional IRAs to a Roth IRA during 2010 can be an important planning opportunity for many clients. This conversion allows you to move from a tax deferred environment into a tax free environment. While this opportunity is normally open to those with income below a certain cap amount, beginning in 2010 [...]