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  • 1. Why should I consider setting up a trust? Views: 66
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    Terms of Use People often associate trust funds only with the wealthy. But a trust fund ( trust ) actually can be an effective financial tool for many people in many circumstances. A trust is a separate legal entity that holds property or assets of some kind for the benefit of a specific person, group of people or organization known as the beneficiary ( beneficiaries ). The person creating a trust is called the grantor , donor or settlor . When a trust is established, an individual or corporate   More...
  • 2. What is AGI and MAGI as it relates to IRAs? Views: 35
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    Terms of Use Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Your adjusted gross income (AGI) is the number at the bottom of page 1 on your income tax return, IRS Form 1040 or 1040A. On Form 1040EZ, adjusted gross income appears on line 4. Specifically, it's your gross income minus so-called above-the-line deductions. These include: deductible IRA contributions (as well as deductible SEP, SIMPLE and Keogh contributions) student-loan-interest deduction deductible contributions to medical savings accounts an  More...
  • 3. What is the difference between a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA? Views: 34
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    Terms of Use IRAs are a great way for you to save for the future. Your IRA can consist of a range of investments from savings accounts, stocks, bonds, and certificates of deposit or share certificates. You can contribute up to a certain limit each year into your IRA and if you're over 50, you are allowed an additional catch up contribution. The tax advantages of a Traditional or Roth IRA depend on your annual income and whether you are covered by your company's retirement plan. B  More...
  • 4. What's the maximum contribution to a Roth IRA? Views: 33
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    Terms of Use: The maximum allowable contribution to a Roth IRA depends on whether contributions are made only to Roth IRAs or to both traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs. Please see the IRS web site for more information.
  • 5. Can I roll over a 401(k) distribution to a Roth IRA? Views: 31
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    Terms of Use: Not directly, but you can roll over a 401(k) distribution to a Traditional IRA and then convert to a Roth IRA.
  • 6. Can I deduct my Roth IRA contribution? Views: 31
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    Terms of Use: No, contributions to a Roth IRA are not tax deductible. A Roth IRA allows you (if you do not exceed certain income limits) to invest money by making non-deductible contributions that grow tax-deferred.
  • 7. What is the difference between a Conversion Roth IRA and a Regular Roth IRA? Views: 31
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    Terms of Use: A Conversion Roth IRA is defined as a Roth IRA that receives money from Traditional IRAs through a conversion, rollover or direct transfer. If an account is designated as a Conversion Roth IRA, then that account can only accept IRA conversion contributions made in a single year. A separate Conversion Roth IRA must be established each year in which an individual desires to convert assets into a Roth IRA. Contributions are permitted until April 15th for the prior tax year.
  • 8. What is a 401(k) plan? Views: 30
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    Terms of Use Definition: A 401(k) is a type of profit sharing retirement plan. These plans allow you to contribute pre-tax dollars and then invest those dollars in the investment options provided by your employer for the purpose of saving for retirement. The earnings on your investments are tax-deferred until retirement. Your employer may also make matching contributions to your account. 401(k) plan highlights: The annual defined contribution limit from all sources (employer and employee) is $53  More...
  • 9. How much can I contribute to a 403(b)? Views: 29
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    Terms of Use What is a 403(b)? A 403(b) is an employer sponsored retirement savings plan that allows you to save pre-tax dollars for your retirement. A Roth 403(b) permits only after-tax contributions but allows you to diversify your tax risk by letting eligible participants make tax-free withdrawals after retirement. The IRS limits the amount you can contribute each year Participants can contribute up to $18,000 in 2015. This limit is applicable if you're under age 50 as of December 31st   More...
  • 10. Can I have more than one Roth IRA? Views: 29
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    Terms of Use Yes, you can have as many Roth IRAs as you wish, but there are strict limits on how much you can contribute to these accounts during any given tax year. No matter how many IRAs you have or what type (Traditional, Roth or SEP) you can contribute no more than $5,500 per year for tax year 2015 ($6,500 if you're age 50 or over). These limits apply to all of your IRA contributions.
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