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  • 1. What are the rules regarding withdrawals from my 401(k)? Views: 91
    Terms of Use Withdrawals are allowed from your 401(k) plan if they are considered to be a hardship withdrawal and they are allowed by the employer. Employers are not required to provide for hardship withdrawals. The IRS code that governs 401(k) plans provides for hardship withdrawals only if: (1) the withdrawal is due to an immediate and heavy financial need; (2) the withdrawal must be necessary to satisfy that need (i.e. you have no other funds or way to meet the need); (3) the withdrawal mus  More...
  • 2. Can you help me understand more about annuities? Views: 68
    Terms of Use: Table of Contents Single vs. Flexible-Payment Annuities Fixed vs. Variable Annuities Fixed and Variable Annuity Expenses Deferred vs. Immediate Annuities Withdrawing Money from a Deferred Annuity Why Buy a Deferred Annuity? Why Buy an Immediate Annuity? Options with Guarantees Before You Buy an Annuity Consider the Following Some Questions to Ask Before Buying Confused about annuities? You're not alone. Many people have difficulty understanding them. The main reason for a  More...
  • 3. What is a 401(k) plan? Views: 60
    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: 401(k) Plan Limits 2017 Elective Deferrals $18,000 Annual Defined Contribution Limit   More...
  • 4. Why should I consider setting up a trust? Views: 57
    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...
  • 5. What is AGI and MAGI as it relates to IRAs? Views: 56
    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...
  • 6. What is a QDRO? Views: 35
    Terms of Use A QDRO stands for Qualified Domestic Relations Order and is a court order that mandates that a retirement plan administrator follow the terms of a divorce settlement. It is very important to have a QDRO whenever you divide a community interest in any 401(k). If you don't get a QDRO, the plan administrator is not required to follow the terms of your divorce settlement.
  • 7. What is a variable annuity and how does it work? Views: 33
    Terms of Use: Variable annuities have become a part of the retirement and investment plans of many Americans. Before you buy a variable annuity, you should know some of the basics – and be prepared to ask your insurance agent, broker, financial planner, or other financial professional lots of questions about whether a variable annuity is right for you. This is a general description of variable annuities – what they are, how they work, and the charges you will pay. Before buying any v  More...
  • 8. How do I transfer my IRA from one financial institution to another? Views: 32
    Terms of Use A rollover is when you withdraw funds from an IRA or plan and contribute those funds to the same or another IRA or plan. A trustee-to-trustee transfer (often called a direct transfer or direct rollover) is when you never receive the IRA or plan funds. They are transferred directly from one financial institution to another without you ever touching the money. The general rule is that when you take a distribution from an IRA (or other tax-deferred retirement account) that you in  More...
  • 9. Are all distributions from a 401(k) subject to the 10% early withdrawal penalty? Views: 32
    Terms of Use Generally yes , but there are situations where the IRS will waive the 10% early withdrawal penalty. Your un-reimbursed medical costs exceeds 7.5% of your income. There is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) from the courts that mandate funds from your account go to a former spouse, child, or dependent. You have elect a Section 72(t) retirement distribution. You are totally disabled. You’ve separated from service and were at least 55 years of age when you did so. You ha  More...
  • 10. Is the interest on 401(k) loans tax deductible? Views: 31
    Terms of Use: Interest on 401(k) loans is not tax deductible regardless of how you use the money. Even though the interest is not tax deductible, you are in essence paying interest to yourself.
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