Required Minimum IRA Distributions Will Resume in 2021

As part of the CARES Act, the requirement for older taxpayers to take required minimum distributions from their retirement plans was waived for 2020. This primarily was due to the anticipated drop in value for most investments as a result of the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which did not end up materializing. So, barring any extension of the 2020 moratorium by Congress, required minimum IRA distributions must resume for the 2021 tax year.

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Don’t Miss an Opportunity for a Spousal IRA

One frequently overlooked tax benefit is the spousal IRA. Generally, IRA contributions are only allowed for taxpayers who have compensation. Spousal IRAs are the exception to that rule and allow a non-working or low-earning spouse to contribute to his or her own IRA, otherwise known as a spousal IRA, as long as the spouse has adequate compensation.

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Unique IRA Opportunities for 2020 as a Result of COVID-19

As hard as it has been financially for many individuals, the year has provided some unique tax opportunities for those who have traditional IRA accounts. These range from converting traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs, retirees making larger-than-normal IRA withdrawals and the decision whether to take advantage of the required minimum distribution suspension for 2020.

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The IRS Provides Additional 2020 RMD Rollover Relief

Normally, RMDs are not allowed to be rolled over, but because the CARES Act waives the requirement to take a 2020 distribution, these distributions are not treated as RMDs for 2020, rather are considered distributions that are eligible to be rolled over.

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Smart Money Moves to Make When You Turn 50

Congratulations on making it to half a century! Your fifties can be a time of change. Maybe not having to work anymore sounds like a dream, but you might be concerned you don’t have enough saved for your upcoming retirement. Those concerns definitely aren’t unfounded as 40 million households in America have no retirement savings at all.

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Understanding Your Annual Social Security Letter

If you are receiving Social Security, then you have just recently received your annual letter from the Social Security Administration letting you know that your Social Security benefits for 2020 have increased by 1.6% as a result of a rise in the cost of living. The letter also lets you know how much will be withheld from your monthly retirement benefit for Medicare Parts B (medical insurance) and D (Prescription Drug Plan).

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The Opportunities and Challenges from the Newly Passed SECURE Act

Congress recently passed—and the President signed into law—the 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 tax and retirement-planning situation.

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Working Past Retirement: How to Maximize Your Benefits

Age 65 has traditionally been when most people retire. In recent years, working past your mid-sixties is becoming more and more common. Working past 65 has many benefits, like continued income and employer-sponsored health insurance, but it could impact your Social Security and Medicare entitlements. If you’re planning on working past retirement, here are some helpful ways to plan so that you can make the most of your federally sponsored benefits.

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