Category Archives: IRA’s

Retirement Plan Options for Small Businesses

Portrait of senior man in the flower gardenEmployer-sponsored retirement plans have become a key component for retirement savings. They are also an increasingly important tool for attracting and retaining the high-quality employees you need to compete in today’s competitive environment. Continue reading

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The Reasons for a Roth Solo 401(k)


Solo Roth IRAHere is a way for a solopreneur to save much more for retirement. 
Provided by Gateway Financial’s Todd Pouliot, AIF.

Self-employed? Seeking to ramp up your retirement savings? You should look at the potential of the Roth Solo 401(k). If you are a high-earning solopreneur, this savings vehicle may be a great choice, because it allows you to make both employee and employer contributions to a 401(k) account in the same year. Continue reading

Dividing IRAs tax-free in divorce

Divorce and TaxesGenerally, the division of property, including cash, between divorcing spouses has no immediate federal income or gift tax consequences. Such transfers are considered tax-free gifts between the spouses. However, the tax-free transfer rule does not apply to transfers of balances in IRAs. If an IRA owner withdraws funds from his or her IRA and gives it to his or her spouse (or anyone else for that matter), the withdrawal is taxable to the IRA owner and tax-free to the receiving spouse (or whoever receives the distribution). Continue reading

IRS toughens the one-year wait between IRA rollovers

IRS Tax PrepIRA rollovers are a popular way of obtaining a short-term tax-free loan from an IRA. To receive tax-free treatment, the amount withdrawn from the IRA must be redeposited into the same or another IRA no later than 60 days after the taxpayer received the distribution (the 60-day requirement). In addition, the tax-free rollover privilege is limited to one rollover within any one-year period. The one-year period starts on the date the amount rolled over was received — not the date it was rolled over.

For years, the IRS has held that the one-year waiting period between IRAs applies separately to each IRA. This taxpayer-friendly interpretation allowed taxpayers with multiple IRA accounts to roll over two or more distributions during a 12-month period, provided each was from a different account. Continue reading