Posts Tagged "traditional IRA"

Does this April 2 deadline apply to you?

Posted on Mar 23, 2012

If you reached age 70½ last year, April 2, 2012, could be an important deadline. That’s the last day you can take your required minimum distribution (RMD) for 2011 from your traditional IRAs. If you miss that deadline, the penalty could be a 50% excise tax on the amount you should have withdrawn. Here’s how the rules work. Once you reach age 70½, you must start taking annual distributions from your traditional IRAs. Normally these distributions must occur by December 31 of each year. But a special rule lets you defer the first distribution until April of the year after you reach age 70½. So if you turned 70½ last year, April 2 is the deadline for your 2011 distribution. Be aware that you’ll still need to take your 2012 RMD before the end of this year. Generally, the amount of the RMD for any year is based on your age. You take the balance in all your traditional IRAs as of the last day of the previous year, and divide by a factor representing your life expectancy. The IRS has published a standard life expectancy table to use in the calculation. Special rules might apply if your spouse is more than ten years younger than you are. Because all or part of your distribution may be taxable income, it is important to include RMDs in your tax planning. Ideally you should start planning for RMDs several years before you reach age 70½. But whether you’re planning in advance or looking at a distribution on April 2, contact our office for more detailed advice. The RMD rules don’t apply to Roth IRAs. Unless you’re still working, this deadline also applies to your other retirement...

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It’s tax payback time

Posted on Mar 16, 2012

If you took certain actions in a prior year, you may now have additional taxes due on your 2011 tax return. Here are the details. HOME BUYER CREDIT: If you bought a home in 2008 and took the first-time home buyer credit, you have another repayment installment due with your 2011 tax return. The 2008 tax credit was just an interest-free loan that you have to pay back over a 15-year period. ROTH CONVERSIONS: If you converted a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA in 2010 and opted to split the tax due from the conversion between 2011 and 2012, your first half of the tax` is due on your 2011 tax...

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Don’t overlook the Roth five-year holding requirement

Posted on Aug 31, 2010

The new, less restrictive rules in effect this year for Roth conversions may have you pondering whether now’s a good time to convert your traditional IRA funds to a Roth IRA. While your decision involves many factors, one wrinkle to consider is the five-year holding period for converted assets. The time limit has nothing to do with distributions of regular contributions from your Roth. As you know, you can withdraw regular contributions at any time, tax- and penalty-free, no matter your age. That’s because you deposit those amounts into your Roth using money on which you’ve already paid income tax. Rather, the five-year holding period comes into play when you’re under age 59½ at the time you make a Roth conversion. In that case, you’ll generally have to wait five years (or until you turn 59½, whichever comes first) before you can pull the “conversion assets” out penalty-free. When you fail to meet the five-year rule, the penalty is the same 10% you’d pay if you took an early withdrawal from your traditional IRA. That’s the purpose of the five-year rule – to discourage premature distributions from retirement accounts. Once you reach age 59½, the 10% penalty disappears, though the five-year holding period for converted assets may still apply. For example, say you use the conversion to fund an initial Roth. During the first five years your new account exists, you’ll pay ordinary income tax on withdrawals of the income earned from the converted amounts. The five-year holding period can also affect your beneficiaries. For instance, if you had no prior Roth account before making a conversion, your beneficiaries will pay ordinary income tax on distributions of earnings. However, they can withdraw converted amounts with no federal income tax or penalty. Give us a call to discuss this and other Roth conversion rules. We’re ready to...

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Roth conversions now open to everyone

Posted on Feb 16, 2010

Effective January 1, 2010, the option of converting a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA is available to all, even those taxpayers originally shut out by the $100,000 income limit for eligibility. Roth IRAs are popular because qualifying distributions are tax-free and minimum annual distributions aren’t required at age 70½. If you’re interested in this new opportunity, contact us for...

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