IRA

Is It Time to Review Your IRA Estate Planning Strategies?

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which was passed in December 2019 as part of a larger federal spending package, included a provision that warrants special attention from those who own high-value IRAs. Specifically, the “stretch” IRA provision — which permitted nonspouse beneficiaries who inherited IRAs to spread distributions over their …

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SECURE Act Can Have Big Impact on your Estate Plan & Trusts

Authored by Logan Philipps, Esq. and Anne Zavaglia, CFP® When President Trump signed the SECURE Act at the end of 2019, it could easily have escaped your notice during the holiday season. While time will tell if this law aimed to encourage greater retirement savings achieves its aims, there’s no question it has a direct …

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The SECURE Act Signed into Law

President Trump signed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, better known as the SECURE Act, into law December 20.  Included in the federal government’s recent spending bill, the Secure Act is designed to help Americans increase and preserve their retirement savings. The provisions in the SECURE Act bring a number of changes, …

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Charitable Giving for Retirees

Retirees age 70.5 and older must take required minimum distributions (RMDs) annually from their Traditional IRA accounts. The RMDs are counted as taxable income in the year distribution is taken. Combined with Social Security benefits and other income sources, RMDs often push many people into higher tax brackets.  Retirees that find themselves in these brackets …

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Qualified Charitable Distributions: Using Your IRA to Give from the Heart

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act roughly doubled the standard deduction ($12,200 for single filers and $24,400 for married taxpayers filing jointly in 2019) and indexed it for inflation through 2025. As a result, far fewer taxpayers will itemize deductions on their tax returns, and some people may be disappointed that they no longer benefit …

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