Tax Warrior Chronicles

529 Plans & COVID-19 Tuition Refunds - 60 Days to Act

Posted on Fri, May 15, 2020

There have been many adjustments to society due to the coronavirus; the largest, of course, being the extended stay-at-home order. With fears of the virus spreading, schools have quickly switched to online learning and closed campus dorms. Many students who paid for room and board have or will receive partial refunds from their learning institutions, possibly leading to an unexpected tax bill.  If a student, or their parents, used a 529 plan withdrawal to pay for qualified education costs and then received a refund from the educational institution it is important to take action within 60 days of receiving the refund. Here’s why…

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Exceptions to Early Withdrawal Penalty for 401(k) & IRA Distributions

Posted on Thu, Nov 30, 2017

By: Sherri Sorbello, CPA

 

Most distributions from 401(k) plans and IRAs are subject to a 10% early withdrawal penalty if they are taken before you reach age 59 ½.  However, like most tax rules, there are certain exceptions allowing you to withdraw funds without a penalty.  This blog will address the most common exceptions to the 10% additional tax on early withdrawals. 

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