The IRA is a great retirement savings vehicle; money grows on a tax-deferred basis and that’s a good thing. Eventually, though, you have to pay the IRS piper when you choose to withdraw funds for retirement or when you’re forced to withdraw the Required Minimum Distribution at age 72. Let’s...
There are certain questions of life we all want answered. What happens when you die? Does my life have meaning? How long should I keep tax records? Personally, my answer about keeping tax records is biased because I’m a safety man. I would wear a belt AND suspenders—just in case. But the length of...
“Will I outlive my money?” That’s one of the biggest concerns for most retirees. There’s the high cost of medical care, which gets more expensive all the time. There’s inflation, which raises the cost of goods and services, eating into your retirement budget. And then, there’s taxes, which are...
Have you ever had that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realize there was a tax deduction you could have taken and didn’t? There’s just something deflating about knowing Uncle Sam got more of your money than he had to. The folks at TurboTax have...
There’s an old axiom that says, “All good things must come to an end.” And unless Congress makes some changes, that’s what will happen to the current level of the federal estate tax exemption. As it stands now, every individual can give away $11.7 million of their estate free...
Father Time has closed the book on 2018. We’ve sung Auld Lang Syne. And now our focus is on all the things that have to be done this year, which includes filing your income tax return for 2018 using the new tax rules. Oh Joy! Staying in the good graces of the IRS has...
It's that time of the year again! RMD's! Many retirees love to hate their required minimum distributions, or RMDs. What to do? When to take it out? How much to pay in taxes? There's a myriad of questions. In this video, Morningstar discusses the topic with Maria Bruno, head...