One of the most powerful retirement tools that Congress has ever given taxpayers is the Roth, but not everyone is taking advantage of its big tax benefits. Many say they don’t even know investing in Roth is an option, much less how to maximize its advantages. Whether your workplace has the Roth option or not, […]
Updated for 2022: The 5-year clock starts with the first dollar in your first Roth IRA. This guide will lay out what you need to know for Roth IRA withdrawals. In this guide, you will learn some of the rules for Roth IRA withdrawals: Roth IRA withdrawals when you are OVER 59 1/2 Roth IRA […]
If you own houses in your self-employed, self-directed solo 401(k), is converting a house a year to Roth to avoid required minimum distributions (RMDs) a good strategy? What’s an individual coverage health reimbursement arrangement (ICHRA) and is it a good healthcare option for those with C-corporations? When putting away retirement savings, should you contribute to a Roth IRA, a brokerage account, a 401(k), or your employee stock purchase plan (ESPP)? When it comes to step-up in basis, how do you determine the past fair market value of a home? And finally, what happens if you retire before your construction loan becomes a permanent mortgage?
Joe & Big Al talk strategy for converting to Roth and paying tax from the IRA when you have limited funds, eliminating required minimum distributions (RMD) on a Roth 457 and avoiding the 5-year Roth clock, and Roth TSP strategies. Plus, the fellas spitball pension options, retiring early, and an intricate – and potentially risky – deferred compensation strategy.
Does it make sense to do larger “Calvin Johnson” (Megatron, aka mega backdoor) Roth conversions when the financial markets are way down? Should you convert to Roth now, or in retirement? How do you spitball the right amount to have in 529 plans for education savings? And are the rules for doing a backdoor Roth the same if you’re married filing separately?
When do you have to pay the taxes on a Roth IRA conversion to avoid any IRS penalties? Was it a mistake to convert to Roth IRA? What percentage of your assets should be in tax-free, tax-deferred, and taxable accounts to give maximum flexibility in retirement? Do Roth conversions count as income toward your eligibility to contribute to a Roth, and finally, how will a pension be taxed?
Does that 5-year Roth clock start with every Roth conversion? Plus, a Social Security, Medicare, IRMAA, Roth conversion retirement spitball, a self-employed retirement savings and tax planning spitball, and Delaware Statutory Trusts, security-based loans, charitable remainder trusts, and other charitable giving strategies explained. Also, will your portfolio grow faster with the help of a financial advisor? And if you’ve got a smokin’ hot wife 8 years your junior and you want to retire on the same day at ages 70 and 62, are there other financial considerations, or are you just bragging?
Learn the basics of Roth IRA conversions, how to calculate the tax on a Roth conversion, when to pay the tax, and more. Plus, ideas for what to do with unused 529 plan education savings funds, rules for 401(a) accounts, understanding the alternative minimum tax, the latest tax proposals, how to calculate employer solo 401(k) contributions – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Asset location: how to position assets to pay less tax without sacrificing investment growth? Should young folks contribute all of their retirement savings to Roth accounts? Also, conversations (not advice) on a self-employed defined benefit plan vs. pass-through profits, gifting tuition for education, making Roth conversions with a special needs child in mind, a correction on inherited Roth IRAs, and plenty of entertaining listener comments and Derails.
Learn how to rack up tax-free Roth retirement income: Roth IRA vs. Roth 401(k), paying the tax on a Roth conversion, how to avoid violating the 60-day rollover rule on a mega backdoor Roth, and Roth IRA contributions when receiving restricted stock units (RSU) in retirement. Plus, moving money from solo 401(k) to IRA before age 59.5, suggestions for a CFP® to be, and matching your umbrella insurance policy to your net worth.
Recharacterization of excess Roth IRA contributions, converting post-tax contributions to Roth 401(k), and the pro-rata rule. Plus, target-date fund ladders? Also, investing 529 plan money, section 199A dividends from real estate investment trusts (REITs), and how Matt Stafford should save for retirement with his new $34M LA Rams contract (just in case you’re expecting a football player’s salary anytime soon.)
A retirement plan spitball analysis for an engineer wondering if he can afford to retire, required minimum distribution questions answered, and discussion on when to stop contributing to tax-deferred accounts, when to start Roth conversions, and a conversion strategy for someone with no income. Plus, “conversation” – not advice – about Joe’s possible wallet syndrome, […]
There are taxable, tax-deferred, and tax-free accounts, and the proper balance of investments in each is called tax diversification. Are you tax diversified enough? Plus, how do capital gains and ordinary income work again? Should you contribute to your tax-deferred traditional 401(k) or IRA accounts, or to your tax-free Roth accounts? What can you do […]