Some 34 percent of people pay taxes on their Social Security, which levels the playing field for those earning the highest benefits.
As of 10 days ago, 66 percent of Fidelity Investments, more than 500,000 IRA customers, who are required by the IRS to take minimum distributions from their retirement accounts for tax year 2011 have not yet taken the full amount. About 55 percent haven’t taken any. Fidelity blames this oversight on market volatility and confusion
I wrote about required minimum distributions, or RMDs, on Thursday — something that many people consider an annoying — and possibly unfair — part of retirement planning. Here’s another way to look at them. At 70½, the IRS requires that you start taking annual distributions from your tax-advantaged retirement savings or face a 50 percent
Here’s more evidence that the retirement planning industry is figuring out that lots of us who are living on retirement savings — or contemplating it — need help. If you have IRA accounts and are over age 70½, then you’ve had to deal with the required minimum distribution, or RMD, rules and know how complicated they
Older taxpayers were watching closely during last December’s tax bill debate. They wanted to know if they could still roll money from their traditional IRA into a charity. The answer, finally delivered on Dec. 17, 2010, when the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 became law, was yes. Rollovers from
A reader of this blog, who also works with the AARP Tax-Aide program, points out that January is the time to make sure that you are going to have money available to pay not only this year’s taxes, but also next year’s. It’s a retirement planning basic. The AARP program offers free tax assistance to