Why Choose a Solo 401(k) Plan Over a SIMPLE IRA for Your Business

October 19th, 2017

A SIMPLE IRA plan is similar to a Solo 401(k) Plan in that it is funded by employee deferrals and additional employer contributions. However, unlike a Solo 401(k) Plan, a SIMPLE IRA plan uses an IRA-type trust to hold contributions for each employee, rather than a single plan trust that is typical of a traditional […]

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The Rollover Rules for Your Self-Directed IRA

June 12th, 2017

Individuals may generally rollover their retirement savings between eligible defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans and pre-tax IRAs, including SEP IRAs and SIMPLE IRAs to a Self-Directed IRA. Eligible defined contribution plans include qualified 401(k) retirement plans under Internal Revenue Code Section 401(a), 403(a), 403(b), and governmental 457(b) plans. Individuals may also roll over after-tax […]

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What Types of Retirement Plans can I Use with ROBS?

May 25th, 2017

It’s a little known fact that you can use retirement money to start your own business.  This is known as the Rollover Business Start-up Solution, or ROBS.  If you have funds in any of the following types of retirement plans, you can use them to finance your startup: Traditional IRAs 401 (k) Plans 403 (b) […]

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Retirement And Educational Savings Tax Planning Tips To Lower Taxes In 2017

April 24th, 2017

Now that the tax filing deadline has passed for the 2016 tax year, this is a perfect time to start thinking about some simple ways to boost retirement savings and at the same time lower overall tax liability for 2017. Start Thinking IRA: For 2017, the maximum IRA contribution is $5,500, or $6,500 if you […]

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Understanding Your Options When Inheriting An IRA From A Non-Spouse

January 27th, 2017

Here’s another article from Adam Bergman that originally appeared on Forbes.com – Unfortunately, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) does not allow you to keep retirement funds in your account indefinitely. The required minimum distribution rules (“RMD”) were created in order to guarantee the flow of IRA funds into the federal income tax system as well […]

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What Baby Boomers Need To Know About Required Minimum Distributions

January 20th, 2017

This article originally appeared on Forbes.com – Nearly a quarter of Americans were born between 1946 and 1964, the typical definition of the baby boom generation. That is more than 75 million people.  For baby boomers, the largest generation in U.S. history before the millennials, 2017 will begin a process where hundreds of billions of […]

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How Do You Convert Your Current Retirement Plan to a Self-Directed Roth IRA

December 19th, 2016

IRA Rollovers to the Self-Directed Roth IRA Conversion In general, Roth IRA conversions and retirement plan rollovers to a Roth IRA are taxable events. The reason for this is a Roth IRA is an after-tax account that allows for tax-free distributions if certain rules are satisfied. A conversion is a taxable movement of cash or […]

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A Brief History of the Solo 401k

November 29th, 2016

401(k) plans are named after the section of the Internal Revenue Code in which they appear, and apply to private sector employers. A solo 401(k) plan, also called an individual 401(k), a one-participant plan, self-employed 401(k) or self-directed 401(k) plan is a qualified retirement plan that was designed specifically for the self-employed or small business […]

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