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IRS grants rollover relief for RMDs waived under the CARES Act

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Jun 25, 2020 10:59:40 AM

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced anyone, who already took a required minimum distribution (RMD) in 2020 from certain retirement accounts, now has the opportunity to roll those funds back into a retirement account following the CARES Act RMD waiver for 2020.

This 60-day rollover period for any RMDs already taken this year has been extended to Aug. 31, 2020, in order to give taxpayers time to take advantage of this opportunity.

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Topics: Brett W. Neate, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Retirement Planning & IRAs, IRS, cash flow, Zinner & Co.

The CARES Act

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Mar 27, 2020 12:53:05 PM

The CARES Act will provide billions of dollars of relief to individuals, businesses, state and local governments, and the health care system.

After extensive negotiations, an agreement was reached on a massive stimulus bill to address the financial and health care crisis resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Topics: Retirement Planning & IRAs, Coronavirus, COVID-19, The CARES Act, Unemployment Benefits, Tax Credit

The SECURE Act of 2019

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Jan 13, 2020 11:56:46 AM

A new piece of legislation enacted in late December will help simplify the retirement system and help individuals increase their savings.

The “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement” Act or SECURE Act, which was part of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 expands opportunities for individuals to increase their savings, and makes administrative simplifications to the retirement system.

Among the major changes for individuals are:

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Topics: Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Retirement Planning & IRAs

IRS Announces New Retirement Plan Limits for 2020

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Nov 7, 2019 9:53:24 AM

The IRS has released the retirement contribution limits for the 2020 tax year. The new limits are adjusted based on increases in the cost of living.

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Topics: Taxes - Individual, Retirement Planning & IRAs, IRS

Ask the Expert: How much life insurance should I carry?

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Oct 8, 2019 5:20:00 AM

 

How much life insurance should I carry?

This is a great question! We hear it frequently, so we wanted to cover it here on our blog. The question is usually asked in the context of: “I’m about to purchase a life insurance policy. How much coverage do I need?”

The answer is – it depends.

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Topics: business succession, Retirement Planning & IRAs, Estates, Gifts & Trusts, Insurance

The 10 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid in Estate Planning

Posted by Zinner & Co. on May 21, 2019 7:29:00 AM

 

If you’re like most, you want to be able to leave something to your progeny when you die. Leaving a legacy for our children is just part of the American dream of wanting them to “have it better” than we did. But many well-intended parents have had their wishes left unfulfilled because of simple errors in estate planning.

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Topics: real estate, Retirement Planning & IRAs, Estates, Gifts & Trusts, Insurance

Rethinking retirement contributions

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Jun 11, 2018 3:47:00 PM

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 generally lowered federal income tax rates, with some exceptions. Among the ways in which lower rates impact tax planning, they make unmatched contributions to traditional employer retirement plans less attractive.

Example 1: Chet Taylor has around $100,000 in taxable income a year. Chet contributed $12,000 to his company’s traditional 401(k) in 2017, reducing his taxable income. He was in the 28 percent tax bracket last year, so his federal tax savings were $3,360 (28 percent of $12,000). An identical contribution this year will save Chet only $2,880, because the same income would put him in a lower 24 percent bracket.

Not everyone will be in this situation.

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Topics: Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Retirement Planning & IRAs, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

“Kiddie Tax” impacted by Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Apr 18, 2018 12:39:00 PM

Many higher income taxpayers have long made it a practice to open investment accounts for their children, hoping to take advantage of their lower tax rates.  Many years ago, Congress imposed, what is colloquially known as the “kiddie tax” to place strict limits on the amount of investment income that can be taxed at those lower rates. 

One of the changes made by the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 made some significant changes to how the “kiddie tax” is administered, impacting the way adults pass investment income on to their minor children. 

The "kiddie tax" is a provision that taxes the unearned income of children under the age of 19 and of full-time students younger than 24 at a special rate. Under both the new law and the old, the first $1,050 of a child's income is tax-free and the next $1,050 is taxed at a rate of 10 percent.

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Topics: tax services, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual, Retirement Planning & IRAs, withdrawls, tuition, tax avoidance, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Do You Apply the Five-year Test for Your Roth IRA? Here’s why you should

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Feb 27, 2018 7:03:00 PM

The pros and cons of Roth IRAs, which were introduced 20 years ago, are well understood. All money flowing into Roth IRAs is after-tax, so there is no upfront tax benefit.

As a tradeoff, all qualified Roth IRA distributions can be tax-free, including the parts of the distributions that are payouts of investment earnings.

To be a qualified distribution, the distribution must meet two basic requirements:

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Topics: Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Retirement Planning & IRAs

But, It’s My Money! What you need to know before withdrawing funds from your 401k

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Feb 16, 2018 4:17:00 PM

Many folks faced the new year with a fresh-start mindset, new goals, and a handful of resolutions. For some, 2017 is still at the top-of-mind with credit card balance carry-overs and a loan or two. For others, the new year brings ideas of travel, home renovations, or major purchases. 

Regardless of the intent, oftentimes folks think they can simply borrow or withdraw from their 401(k) to pay for these things when their bank account is not liquid.  After all, the money is theirs and just “sitting” untouched.  So why not tap into the account – life is short, right?

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Topics: Retirement Planning & IRAs, IRS

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