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Forbes: “Got Alternative Assets In Your IRA? Watch Out.”

Recent News, Self Directed IRA

Ashlea Ebeling of Forbes published a piece today that features analysis and quotes by yours truly.  The piece is called “Got Alternative Assets In Your IRA?  Watch Out.”  The article stems from the third Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on “self-directed IRAs” (i.e., retirement accounts that hold “unconventional” assets – e.g., real estate, private equity, … Continue reading Forbes: “Got Alternative Assets In Your IRA? Watch Out.”

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Red Flag: be careful when taking “early” IRA distributions – the IRS might check up on you

Recent News, Self Directed IRA, Tax

The latest version of The Kiplinger Tax Letter has a good overview of some key considerations that can occur when an IRA owner takes a distribution out of his or her IRA prior to age 59 1/2. In addition to owing income tax on the IRA distribution (assuming a Roth IRA is not involved), a … Continue reading Red Flag: be careful when taking “early” IRA distributions – the IRS might check up on you

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Warren L. Baker featured as self-directed IRA expert in Natalie Choate’s new book “Life and Death Planning for Retirement Benefits” (8th Edition)

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I am very proud to announce the release of the 8th Edition of Life and Death Planning for Retirement Benefits, by Natalie B. Choate.  Natalie is an extremely well-respected tax attorney in Boston, MA.  For many years, her book has served as a THE AUTHORITY for estate planning and tax attorneys related to the legal … Continue reading Warren L. Baker featured as self-directed IRA expert in Natalie Choate’s new book “Life and Death Planning for Retirement Benefits” (8th Edition)

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Alert: retirement account pay-in increases coming in 2019

Recent News, Tax,

The IRS has announced increases to many key contribution limits for IRAs and retirement plans starting in 2019. The 2019 payin limits for traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs jumps to $6,000.  Individuals who are age 50 and older next year can contribute an additional $1,000. The maximum 401(k) contribution rises to $19,000, and people born before … Continue reading Alert: retirement account pay-in increases coming in 2019

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Is the IRS getting more liberal with 60-day rollover mistakes? [Tip: blame your spouse!]

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In a Private Letter Ruling (PLR) dated 3/5/18 (released by IRS 5/31/18; see full document here: PLR 201822033), the IRS waived the 60-day rollover requirement for the movement of retirement funds between a qualified employer retirement plan and an IRA (i.e., the individual involved took a distribution from her qualified plan but then mistakenly didn’t … Continue reading Is the IRS getting more liberal with 60-day rollover mistakes? [Tip: blame your spouse!]

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Common IRA K-1 mistakes. UBTI? Will the IRS notice?

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It’s that time of year again – TAX SEASON – which, without fail, leads to many “interesting” situations/challenges for clients and their advisors.  For me, because my legal practice involves clients with “non-traditional” assets within their retirement accounts (e.g., self-directed IRAs, Solo 401Ks), my perspective on this time of year is mostly based on issues … Continue reading Common IRA K-1 mistakes. UBTI? Will the IRS notice?

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THE TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT OF 2017:  Highlights and Estate Planning Considerations

Estate Planning, Recent News

THE TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT OF 2017:  Highlights and Estate Planning Considerations Just three weeks after the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 was introduced, the final bill was passed on December 20, 2017, and signed into law on December 22nd.  This comprehensive tax overhaul dramatically changes the rules governing the taxation of … Continue reading THE TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT OF 2017:  Highlights and Estate Planning Considerations

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