February 9, 2016

After-Tax IRA Contributions Must Be Reported On IRS Form 8606

After-Tax IRA Contributions Must Be Reported On IRS Form 8606

The backdoor Roth strategy involves contributing after-tax funds to a traditional IRA.

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Seven Reasons Your Retirement Might Fail

Seven Reasons Your Retirement Might Fail

“In 34 years as a financial advisor, he has seen many people flunk retirement, but investment performance has never been the cause.”

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Healthy And Wealthy Adds A Decade To Your Life Expectancy

Healthy And Wealthy Adds A Decade To Your Life Expectancy

The national average life expectancy is not a good measure for our clients’ life expectancy. That means planning beyond ages 82 and 85.

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Social Security Loopholes Scheduled to Sunset

Social Security Loopholes Scheduled to Sunset

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 ends two very profitable Social Security optimization techniques that allowed some savvy beneficiaries to take up to $50,000.00 in additional lifetime income.

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Understanding Your IRA Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)

Understanding Your IRA Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)

After you reach the age of 70 1/2, the IRS requires you to begin taking minimum distributions from your traditional retirement accounts.

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When Are Taxes Due On A Roth Conversion?

When Are Taxes Due On A Roth Conversion?

Any tax which is ultimately going to be owed is owed by April 15th. Otherwise it may be subject to interest and penalties.

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Can I Put My RMD Into A Roth IRA?

Can I Put My RMD Into A Roth IRA?

Annual required minimum distributions must be satisfied before any additional amounts are converted to a Roth IRA.

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How to Factor Social Security into Your Safe Withdrawal Rate

How to Factor Social Security into Your Safe Withdrawal Rate

Carefully computing and adding your Social Security early retirement safe withdrawal rate can safely boost your early retirement standard of living without jeopardizing your future finances.

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Radio Interview: Which Retirement Accounts Should I Fund?

Radio Interview: Which Retirement Accounts Should I Fund?

David John Marotta was interviewed on radio 1070 WINA discussing which retirement accounts you should fund for the best tax outcomes.

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Can I Contribute To A Roth IRA If I Don’t Have A Job?

Can I Contribute To A Roth IRA If I Don't Have A Job?

You can only contribute to your Roth IRA if you have what the IRS calls “earned” income. This makes it all the more important to contribute to your Roth IRA every year you can.

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How Much Can I Contribute To A Roth IRA If I Earn Too Much?

How Much Can I Contribute To A Roth IRA If I Earn Too Much?

I’m on the borderline for being able to contribute to a Roth IRA. How do I determine how much I can contribute?

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How To Correct Excess Roth IRA Contributions

How To Correct Excess Roth IRA Contributions

Regardless of the reason, if you have put too much money in your Roth IRA, the solution is the same.

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Can I Contribute To My Wife’s Roth IRA?

Can I Contribute To My Wife's Roth IRA?

I have earned income but my wife does not. Can I contribute to my wife’s Roth IRA?

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What is a Backdoor Roth?

What Is A Backdoor Roth?

Even over the income threshold, you may still be able to add funds to your Roth IRA with what is called a backdoor Roth.

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Mailbag: Roth IRA vs. Roth 401k, Which is Better?

Mailbag: Roth IRA vs. Roth 401k, Which is Better?

Differing legislation makes one of the two preferable.

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Advisors Save Clients From Costly Mistakes By Social Security Workers

Advisors Save Clients From Costly Mistakes By Social Security Workers

Those costly mistakes are a fifth of a million dollars in most cases.

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Medicare High-Income Premium Surcharges – 2015

Medicare High-Income Premium Surcharges - 2015

These premium surcharges are typically unavoidable except for some planning a Roth Conversion.

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Financial Advisors’ New Patron Saint Just Cut From the Detroit Lions

Financial Advisors’ New Patron Saint Plays For the Detroit Lions

When Ryan Broyles scored a $3.6 million dollar contract after being drafted in the first round he did something quite rare – he sought as much advice as he could find.

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How Much Can I Contribute To My SEP IRA?

How Much Can I Contribute To My SEP IRA?

The calculations for this are a little strange. Here is the formula and two examples of how it works to help you.

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Which Retirement Account Should I Fund?

Which Retirement Account Should I Fund?

Which account you should fund depends on your circumstances, but here are some general guidelines you can follow to make your decision.

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How Can I Contribute to Two Roths?

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The terminology is a little confusing, but you are allowed to have and contribute to both individual retirement accounts and employment-related retirement accounts.

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How to Convert Taxable Savings Into Your Roth IRA

How to Convert Taxable Savings Into Your Roth IRA

Most tax professionals don’t think of such tax planning opportunities, because they have to focus on complying with tax accounting regulations.

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Fund Your Roth IRA Even When You Can’t Afford It

Fund Your Roth IRA Even When You Can't Afford It

Sometimes, there isn’t enough to do it all. Even then, fund your Roth.

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What Should I Do With a 401(k) From a Previous Employer?

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You have 3 basic options, but whichever option you choose, do not lose track of the accounts you own.

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The Behavior Gap: Finding Your Financial Balance

The Behavior Gap: Finding Your Financial Balance

Planning for your financial future is largely a question of dealing with the constant tension between living for today and saving for some future event.

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The Complete Guide to Automating Your Savings

The Complete Guide to Automating Your Savings

After automating your entire investment plan, you can save and invest without even having to watch.

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Should I Fund a Roth or a Traditional Account?

Should I Fund a Roth or a Traditional Account?

As with many financial decisions, our gut feelings deceive us on this matter.

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Tax Alpha: How to Fix a Client Portfolio

Tax Alpha: How to Fix a Client Portfolio

Good financial planners can be worth their weight in gold in helping clients build a tax-efficient portfolio.

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Can I Contribute to a Roth IRA?

Fountain in Springtime

How do you know if you can contribute to a Roth IRA? See this flowchart for answers.

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Mailbag: Is There An Advantage For Me To Do A Roth Conversion?

Is There An Advantage For Me To Do A Roth Conversion?

My wife and I are 65 years old and I am newly retired. Is there any advantage in doing a Roth conversion this year?

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Social Security for 70′s Child

Social Security for 70's Child

“I’m 58 and I’ve been married and divorced twice. …I realize this is complicated, but you gotta love the 70′s!”

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What Is The Alternative To An Annuity?

Question hole

An immediate fixed annuity is not an investment; it is an insurance product.

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Will Roth Conversion Affect My Estimated Tax Payments?

Will Roth Conversion Affect My Estimated Tax Payments?

Roth conversions are a great way to save money and if you have a good financial planner, they need not be a headache.

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2015 IRA and Roth Contribution Limits

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Here are the 2015 contribution limits and income phaseouts for contributions to Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs for retirement saving planning.

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AAII 2014

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The articles associated with David John Marotta’s presentation at the DC Metro chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors.

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Radio: Financial Planning in Your 40s and Early 50s

Marotta Smiling On Radio

Here is a list of seven things which are important to ensure during these years

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How to Open a Roth for Your Child

Open a Roth for Your Child

Someone has to be proactive about your child’s retirement and every year you don’t open a retirement account is another year you’re holding back compound interest.

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Time to Give Annuities a Second Look?

Two Giraffes

No. I thought we’d decided not to give them a first look.

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The Benefits of Saving and Investing Early

Saving Money

Any money you put away and invest now will have the longest time to grow, due to the magic (or actually, the mathematics) of compound interest.

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Mailbag: Can I Roll My IRA Into A REIT Tax-Free?

Can I Roll My IRA Into A REIT Tax-Free?

A reader asks, “My wife has a $250K SEP IRA earning 1.5% interest. Can we use any of the funds for real-estate investments?”

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Taxes on Non-Deductible IRA Contributions

Coffee and Cream

“Once you put cream in the coffee, all coffee removed from the cup is partly cream and partly coffee.”

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The Politics of Social Security

End of the line

Even half of what they collect in Social Security could provide a better private benefit.

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Fourteen Ways to Avoid Paying Capital Gains

Like water for money

The capital gains tax traps wealth in an investment vehicle requiring special techniques to free the capital without penalty.

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Roth IRA Conversions and Roth Segregation Strategies

Roth Segregation Accounts

Roth accounts have several advantages over traditional retirement accounts.

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The Ideal Retirement Plan Advisor

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Our firm decided to become a 3(38) investment manager because playing this role offers our clients administrative relief. By taking on the role of a 3(38) adviser, we accept responsibility for selecting a prudent investment strategy.

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Matthew Illian’s Social Security Article on MSN Money

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If you’re getting divorced or remarried, “for better or for worse” and “for richer or for poorer” can have real meaning for Social Security benefits. Most retirees are uninformed about how Social Security benefits are calculated, and often overlook how their change in marital status affects this critical retirement asset.

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David Marotta Quoted on Yahoo Finance Story About Gen Y Savings

College Student in Hammock

Because of inflation, today’s 20-year-olds will need over $7 million to have the same lifestyle when they retire.

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Mailbag: Is Funding My 401(k) Match Sufficient to Fund My Retirement?

401k Shortfall

At age 25, getting your 401(k) match funds 64.2% of your retirement.

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Social Security to Resume Some Paper Statements

No junk mail

Beginning in September 2014, SSA will resume mailing paper statements to workers every five years.

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Important Social Security Info for Widows and Widowers

Widows and Widowers

Most survivors are uninformed about how Social Security benefits are calculated and often overlook a careful analysis of this critical retirement asset.

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