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Archive for the Retire Category

2015 IRA and Retirement Plan Contribution Limits

Categories: Retire, Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the updated new rules for contributions into retirement plans and IRAs for 2015. Some of these numbers have increased, and are good for you to know if you participate in IRAs (individual retirement accounts) or retirement plans like 401(k)s, sponsored by employers. The most an individual can contribute to… Read More »

Understanding Investment Types and Accounts

One thing that confuses a lot of investors are the various types of Investment Accounts. This article will help people identify and distinguish between them, whether they are retirement (qualified) and non-qualified accounts, in addition to IRAs and college education accounts. This article will help you understand the difference between them, what they are designed… Read More »

How to Withdraw Funds from 401k Without Penalty

Categories: Invest, Retire

Question: I lost my job several months ago, and have exhausted my savings. However, I have some money in a 401(k) Plan from an old employer. I need to get to some of it to pay my rent, but I don’t want to pay tax on the entire amount in the Plan. What is the… Read More »

Roth IRA Withdrawal Rules

Categories: Retire

Roth IRAs which I wrote about a few days ago are good for supplementing one’s retirement and growing tax-deferred until retirement. This article doesn’t cover the rules regarding IRAs that were converted into Roths. The rules are quite a bit different, than they are for traditional IRAs withdrawals. The differences compel many to seriously consider Roth IRAs,… Read More »

IRA Withdrawal Rules

Categories: Retire

Traditional IRAs which I wrote about a few days ago are good for supplementing ones retirement, providing current tax deductions, and growing tax-deferred until retirement. However, when someone wants to use the money for retirement or other needs they should be conscious of the rules and limitations to avoid tax penalties. Let me say at the… Read More »

2012 Roth IRA Review and Contribution Limits

The old or traditional Individual Retirement Accounts or IRAs came on the investment scene with the enactment of the Employee Retirement Security Act (ERISA) in 1974. These individual retirement plans provided a reduction in taxable income, the IRS doesn’t tax the growth on the monies while they are accumulating, however upon withdrawal, all amounts disbursed… Read More »

Traditional IRA Review and 2012 Contribution Limits

Individual Retirement Accounts or IRAs came on the investment scene with the enactment of the Employee Retirement Security Act (ERISA) in 1974. These individual retirement plans provided a reduction in taxable income, but contribution maximums were only $1,500 per year then. To further enhance IRAs, the IRS doesn’t tax the growth on the monies while… Read More »

Not Well Known Veteran’s Benefit

Categories: Retire

If you are a veteran who served in active duty, you may be eligible for a monthly VA pension. This is a benefit that I just heard about, and a lot of people are eligible for it, and since it isn’t widely know, many who are eligible don’t apply for it. I am far from… Read More »

Retiree Health Care Costs Increasing

According to a study by Fidelity Investments a couple retiring this year will incur $250,000 in costs not covered by Medicare Parts A and B. Those with medi-gap or employer based retiree health insurance will have less expenses. Many companies today either do not provide or are cutting back on retiree health care, so they probably… Read More »

Social Security Will Go Broke in 21 years

Categories: Retire

Source: Wall Street Journal 4/24/12 Reported yesterday that earlier estimates were 24 years, but now 21 years. If reserves for disability benefits were combined with retirement, reserves would be exhausted by 2033. Social Security and Medicare account for 1/3 of the federal budget. If the trust funds are not replenished, then benefits would be reduced by 25%. Everyone should… Read More »