Tax Warrior Chronicles

Updated IRS Life Expectancy Tables Mean Smaller RMDs in 2022

Posted on Thu, Dec 03, 2020

By: Elizabeth Witko, MAcc, MSF, and Robert N. Polans, CPA, MT, PFS

 

On November 6, 2020, the IRS issued final regulations containing new life expectancy tables to be used for determining Required Minimum Distributions (“RMDs”). These new tables are effective for RMDs beginning on January 1, 2022. The old tables will still apply for 2021 and no RMDs were required for 2020 due to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. After reviewing improvements in mortality since RMD life expectancy tables were last updated in 2002, the IRS provided for an overall moderate reduction of RMDs utilizing these newly updated tables.

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IRS Expands the Definition of Coronavirus-Related Distributions

Posted on Wed, Jul 22, 2020

The Treasury Department offered easier access to retirement savings in March 2020 as the economic hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic became a forgone conclusion.  Three months later, The IRS has expanded eligibility for coronavirus related distributions and provided further insight into how these new rules should be applied in Notice 2020-50.

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CARES Act Creates Special Rules for Retirement Funds in 2020

Posted on Mon, Mar 30, 2020

The recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) created temporary provisions affecting two types of taxpayers: those who wish to preserve depressed retirement assets, and those who need emergency liquidity from their retirement assets.

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The SECURE Act - Significant Changes for IRAs and 401(k)s – Part II

Posted on Fri, Jan 03, 2020

By: Beth Gaasbeck, CPA, MBA and Robert N. Polans, CPA, MT, PFS

 

Welcome to Part II of our two-part blog discussing the SECURE Act and its impact on retirement and estate planning.  The Act was signed by the President on December 20, 2019, and is effective as of January 1, 2020. Today’s focus is on the not-so-good parts of the Act.

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The SECURE Act - Significant Changes for IRAs and 401(k)s – Part I

Posted on Thu, Jan 02, 2020

By: Beth Gaasbeck, CPA, MBA and Robert N. Polans, CPA, MT, PFS

 

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (the SECURE Act) as part of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, effective 1/1/2020.  Not exactly a Holiday present, there are favorable and unfavorable provisions impacting your retirement planning.  In this two-part series, we will take a closer look at the highlights under the  law.

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Top 5 Blogs of the 2019 Tax Season

Posted on Mon, Oct 28, 2019

By: Eric R. Elmore

 

The 2019 tax filing season has finally concluded, and not a moment too soon.  Americans filed the first full year of income under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”), the most sweeping revamp of the tax code in more than 30 years. Today’s post is a snapshot of the blogs that were most read by our subscribers over the course of the filing season. It’s a good indication of what was on the minds of our readers while filing their returns. Did any of these play out in your tax planning?

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Retirement Planning Late in the Game

Posted on Thu, Sep 26, 2019

By: Matthew Walker, CPA

 

Every day you put off funding your retirement is another day your nest egg could be growing. Starting late may seem like a tall task, but it is still possible to set aside enough for a comfortable retirement if you begin the process now, rather than later. It is first imperative that you develop a plan, set goals and begin action. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to catch up. Here are some tips to help…

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Talking Taxes with Kids – 529 Plans, IRAs and 401(k)s

Posted on Thu, Aug 15, 2019

By: Stacie L. Court, CPA, MST

 

There are many benefits to contributing early to education plans, IRAs, and 401k’s – the largest benefit being the advantage of time to compound funds in tax-advantaged accounts.   Children have many years to grow the earnings in these funds, but how do you talk to your kids about the complex world of investing in these types of funds and encourage them to start early? 

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Your Kids in the Family Business Post-Trump Tax Reform

Posted on Mon, Aug 12, 2019

By: Melissa Boyce, CPA

 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) changed many areas of the tax code, including when family business hires their child(ren). While there was a similar pre-TCJA benefit to hiring one’s child(ren), the new law increased several tax savings and warrants another look at hiring children into the family business.

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Understanding Self-Directed IRAs … Is One Right for You?

Posted on Thu, Dec 07, 2017

By: Svetlana Goldina, CPA

 

A Self-directed Individual Retirement Account ("SDIRA"), while like traditional IRAs and 401Ks, is an alternative approach to retirement investing, which allows the account owner greater control to choose a much broader range of investment options. In today’s post, we’ll help you understand them better so you can decide if one is right for you.

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