At first glance, the rules surrounding inherited IRAs are complex. Here are some questions (and potential answers) to consider if you have inherited one or may in the future. Who was the original IRA owner? If the original owner was your spouse, you have a fundamental choice to make. You can roll over your
It looks like 2017 will end up being a very good year for the stock market. Consequently, you may realize short-term capital gains. What will you do about them? You could do what many savvy investors do – you could “cash in your losses” and practice “tax-loss harvesting.” Selling losers to offset winners.
Do you itemize your tax deductions? Then you might have a chance to partly or fully deduct the cost of the advisory fees you pay for the investment, legal, and tax advice you receive. Under federal tax law, you may deduct “investment fees, custodial fees, trust administration fees, and other expenses you paid
Ninety-five percent of married couples file joint federal tax returns. Filing jointly can be convenient. Frequently, there’s a financial advantage, but that does not mean it should be done without consideration. Years ago, there was less incentive to file jointly. That was because the “marriage penalty” for doing so was effectively greater. There
This may surprise you: you can take an IRA distribution in a form other than cash. This may seem unorthodox, but it can make financial sense for some older IRA owners as well as IRA heirs. An in-kind distribution from a traditional IRA is fully taxable, just as a cash distribution from a
If you ever have the inkling to manage your investments on your own, that inkling is worth reconsidering. Do-it-yourself investment management is generally a bad idea for the retail investor for myriad reasons. Getting caught up in the moment. When you are watching your investments day to day, you can lose a sense of