Category Archives: IRA’s

Retirement Plan Options For Small Businesses

Small Business Owner Looking Into Retirement Plans

According to the US Small Business Administration, small businesses employ half of all private-sector employees in the United States. However, a majority of small businesses do not offer their workers retirement savings benefits.

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New Job? Don’t Forget About Your 401(K)

One of the most important questions you face when changing jobs is what to do with the money in your 401(k) because making the wrong move could cost you thousands of dollars or more in taxes and lower returns.

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Roth IRAs: Put Your Child’s Summer Earnings to Work

With plentiful opportunities for teen employment this year, now is the perfect time to consider opening a Roth IRA for your minor child.

Here’s everything you need to know including what it is, how it works, and why it’s beneficial.

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Qualified Charitable Distributions From IRAs

If you’re a retiree aged 70 1/2 or older, consider taking advantage of legislation that allows you to reduce or eliminate the amount of income tax on IRA withdrawals transferred directly to a qualified charitable organization. You can use this tactic even though minimum distributions are no longer required until age 72. Referred to as Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs), they can also be used to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution.

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Planning For Retirement

Tips To Help You Get Started Saving For Retirement

It’s never too late to start saving for retirement, but the sooner you begin, the more time your money has to grow. That’s because gains each year build on the prior year’s gains thanks to the power of compound interest–and it’s the best way to accumulate wealth. Let’s take a look at ten tips to help you when saving for retirement:

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What Is a Designated Roth Account?

Roth IRA contributionsMany 401(k) plans allow taxpayers to make Roth contributions as long as the plan has a designated Roth account. Your plan may also allow you to transfer amounts to the designated Roth account in the plan or borrow money.

Check with your employer to find out if your 401(k), 403(b) or 457 governmental plan has a designated Roth account and whether it allows in-plan Roth rollovers or loans.

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Avoiding the Penalty on Early Distributions

Getting retirement funds out earlyMany people use IRAs, SEP Plans, SIMPLE IRA plans, and employee-sponsored retirement savings plans such as the 401(k) to save money for their retirement years, but what if you need to tap that money before age 59 1/2? The bad news is that you generally have to pay a 10 percent penalty for early withdrawal of your funds. While that may seem unfair (after all, most of it is probably your money), you need to remember that the purpose of these types of plans is to save money for the years when you are no longer working. Continue reading

Retirement Contribution Limits Announced for 2019

bigstock-Couples-At-The-Beach-Holding-H-4134051 (1)Dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for 2019 are as follows:

In general, income ranges for determining eligibility to make deductible contributions to traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), to contribute to Roth IRAs, and to claim the saver’s credit all increased for 2019. The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan also increases from $18,500 to $19,000. Contribution limits for SIMPLE retirement accounts for self-employed persons increase in 2019 as well – from $12,500 to $13,000. Continue reading

October 1 Deadline for Establishing SIMPLE IRA Plans

SIMPLE IRA written on a piggy bank.Of all the retirement plans available to small business owners, the SIMPLE IRA plan (Savings Incentive Match PLan for Employees) is the easiest to set up and the least expensive to manage. The catch is that you’ll need to set it up by October 1st. Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading