Monterey, CA New IRA Retirement Tool With No Early Withdrawal Penalties

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing a number of Americans to be laid off, many people are taking a close look at 72(t) plans, which allows you to withdraw money without the usual 10% penalty, even if you are below the age of 59.5 years old.  Dubbed 72(t) plans, they give you a series of equal payments taken at least annually.  The duration of the plan must be at least five years or until the person reaches 59.5 years, whichever is longer.  Talk to your tax planner, Monterey County Bank or one of our other local banks about this option.  Another possibility which was made as part of the Cares Act is an exemption to coronavirus-related distributions as another exception.  If you are interested in this option, act quickly as it’s only available until year end.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/early-ira-withdrawals-can-be-penalty-free-11607004008

Monterey, CA Tips On ROTH IRA Conversions

Tax rates are likely to go up under the Biden administration, and one hedge against this is to convert an existing IRA or 401(k) to a Roth IRA.  You will have to pay taxes on the amount converted but then the IRA grows tax free.  Talk to a tax advisor—and make sure you wait closer to year-end before doing it in case tax rates increase this year.  Or let Monterey Bank or one of our other local banks walk you through the rules.  There are few—for instance, there are no Required Minimum Distributions from this type of IRA.

Monterey, CA Avoid Taxes on Required Minimum IRA Distributions By Giving To Non-Profits

Although the IRS requires us to withdraw a certain amount each year from our retirement accounts in order to satisfy the Required Minimum Distribution requirements.  However, if you don’t need the money, you can transfer money directly to a non-profit via a qualified charitable distribution.  This can be done for a total of up to $100K per year and meet the IRS guideline.  You can split your contributions between as many charities as you want under IRS rules, although some banks do place a limit on this.  Talk to your bank and a local accounting firm like Hayashi & Wayland.

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Carmel, CA New IRA Retirement Tool With No Early Withdrawal Penalties

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing a number of Americans to be laid off, many people are taking a close look at 72(t) plans, which allows you to withdraw money without the usual 10% penalty, even if you are below the age of 59.5 years old.  Dubbed 72(t) plans, they give you a series of equal payments taken at least annually.  The duration of the plan must be at least five years or until the person reaches 59.5 years, whichever is longer.  Talk to your tax planner, Monterey County Bank or one of our other local banks about this option.  Another possibility which was made as part of the Cares Act is an exemption to coronavirus-related distributions as another exception.  If you are interested in this option, act quickly as it’s only available until year end.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/early-ira-withdrawals-can-be-penalty-free-11607004008

Monterey, CA Seniors Should Make The Most Out Of Their Home Equity

Historically, the big hope was to retire debt free.  However, experts who recently talked to Kiplinger’s Retirement Report say this may be a big mistake.  Homeowners age 62 and older have a record $6.5 trillion of “tappable” equity, according to Data analytics firm Black Knight.  Many financial planners believe that tapping wealth just before retirement makes sense if it is done for the right reasons.  Suggested uses include paying off credit card debt, doing a remodel to make your house more senior friendly, buying long-term care insurance and pay the tax bill on a Roth conversion.  In addition, you can use the funds to avoid taking early retirement from Social Security.

New Legislation Could Boost Retirement Savings

A bill from Rep. Richard Neal (D, Mass.) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R. TX) would boost the age for required minimum distributions (RMDs) from IRAs and 401 (k) accounts to 75, from 72.  It applies to those born after June 30, 1949.  It would also waive RMDs entirely who have a cume total of less than $100K.