Making a qualified charitable distribution is a good way to end the year

Year-end is just around the corner, but there is still time to make some tax-saving moves before 2022 comes to a close. Taxpayers who are age 70 ½ or older can transfer up to $100,000 tax-free to a charity via a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) by the end of the tax year. Making qualified charitable […]

What qualifies as a ‘coronavirus-related distribution’ from a retirement plan?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allows “qualified” people to take certain “coronavirus-related distributions” from their retirement plans without paying tax. The first question that needs to be asked is, what is a coronavirus-related distribution? Early distribution basics In general, if you withdraw money from an IRA or eligible retirement plan before […]

CARES Act changes retirement plan and charitable contribution rules

As we all try to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you may be wondering about some of the recent tax changes that were part of a tax law passed on March 27. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act contains a variety of relief, […]

What individuals need to know about the new CARES Act

The third coronavirus relief package – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) – has been passed by Congress and signed by President Trump. The CARES Act contains provisions designed to help both businesses and individuals. Click here to read about the provisions affecting businesses. Below is a look at those provisions […]

April 1 deadline for RMD from retirement accounts

It’s nearing that time again for the deadline to take required minimum distributions from retirement accounts. April 1, 2020, is the deadline for those who turned 70 ½ in 2019 to take their required minimum distribution from their IRA and workplace retirement plans. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE […]

SECURE Act brings changes to retirement plans, kiddie tax and more

Congress recently passed, and the President signed into law, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act), landmark legislation that may affect how you plan for your retirement. Many of the provisions go into effect in 2020, which means now is the time to consider how these new rules may affect your […]

Required Minimum Distribution to be taken by year end

Taxpayers born before July 1, 1948, generally must receive Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) payments from their Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans (including Section 401(k) , 403(b) , and 457(b) plans) by Dec. 31, 2018. A special rule allows those who reached age 70 1/2 during 2018 to wait until as late as […]

Year-end tax and financial to-do list for individuals

With the dawn of 2019 on the near horizon, here’s a quick list of tax and financial to-dos you should address before 2018 ends: Check your FSA balance. If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for health care expenses, you need to incur qualifying expenses by December 31 to use up these funds or […]

Charitable IRA rollovers may be especially beneficial in 2018

If you’re age 70½ or older, you can make direct contributions — up to $100,000 annually — from your IRA to qualified charitable organizations without owing any income tax on the distributions. This break may be especially beneficial now because of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) changes that affect who can benefit from the […]

Defer your income by delaying distributions from IRAs

Sometimes it’s OK to delay the inevitable. Generally, once you reach age 70½ or if you inherit someone else’s IRA or qualified retirement plan account, there are strict rules that require you to begin taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from the account. However, there are various ways to delay or defer the RMDs, thereby allowing […]