The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 doubled the standard deduction eliminating the need for many taxpayers to itemize their tax deductions. It also made permanent an IRA distribution strategy known as the Qualified Charitable Distribution or QCD.
If you are over 70 ½, own an IRA, and make financial contributions to qualified charitable organizations, the QCD may have a role in your IRA distribution plan.
First some basics…
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Most New Year’s resolutions are abandoned or forgotten by the end of the month.
If you need confirmation of this fact, just count the cars are in the parking lot at your local YMCA this Saturday and compare that to the number of cars you see a month from now.
Odds are parking at your local Y or gym will be a lot better in a few weeks.
Rather than tell you to save more, spend less or to get your finances in order (a wishy-washy goal list in the first place) let me suggest a short list of specific action items to check off your financial to do list before the year is over.
But why wait? If you apply yourself, you can probably cross these items off your list in the next couple months.
Five things to check off your financial to do list in 2019:
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Adding money to your IRA or retirement account is the relatively easy part of accumulating assets in tax-deferred retirement plans. The hard part comes later in life when money comes out of those accounts.
Get it right and you will enjoy (figuratively speaking anyway) the lowest possible tax bill. Get it wrong and the taxes and penalties can be hefty.
According to the IRS all IRA owners, and many 401k owners as well, must begin taking Required Minimum Distributions (or RMDs) by April 1 of the year afterthe year they turn 70 ½.
Failing to do so could result in a penalty of 50% of the RMD amount. This is in addition to any tax you may owe on that distribution and any interest you might have incurred by not taking your RMD when you should have.
Here is how it works:
Last week I wrote about what it means to be an Ed Slott trained IRA advisor. Since then, I have learned that Ed Slott’s program “Retire Safe and Secure” will air on our local, Twin Cities Public Television stations this weekend!
If you want to learn how to avoid the most common tax mistakes people make with their retirement accounts, or why a Roth IRA is so important, or how to take your IRA from “forever taxed to never taxed” you will want to watch or record Ed’s show this weekend.
Ed Slott has been a huge supporter of Public Television for many years and is one of PBS’ all-time largest fundraisers. His programs have raised over $50 million in donations supporting PBS stations across the country. This weekend you can watch him on your local station.
Times and dates are listed below. Check with Twin Cities PBS for more information or click here.
- Retire Safe & Secure with Ed Slott | Friday, Jun 8 at 6pm TPT LIFE
- Retire Safe & Secure with Ed Slott | Saturday, Jun 9 at 11:30am TPT 2
- Retire Safe & Secure with Ed Slott | Saturday, Jun 9 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
- Retire Safe & Secure with Ed Slott | Sunday, Jun 10 at 3am TPT LIFE
- Retire Safe & Secure with Ed Slott | Saturday, Jun 30 at 7pm TPT LIFE
Now this is must see TV.
Looking for an Ed Slott trained “Elite IRA Advisor”? Call me at 651.379.3935 or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Slott’s Elite IRA Advisor Group is solely an indication that the financial advisor has attended training provided by Ed Slott and Company. Ed Slott is not affiliated with Royal Alliance Associates, Inc.
IRA mistakes are expensive and often irreversible.
Imagine inheriting a large IRA and “rolling” it over into your own IRA only to find out that the IRS has a very specific protocol regarding inherited IRAs and that you got it ALL wrong.
Worse still, the financial advisor you worked with and got paid to help you, he got it wrong as well!
Oh and this mistake, it can’t be fixed.
Or how about these scenarios…