The rules surrounding Required Minimum Distributions are complicated and missing them can be costly. If you have made an error, follow these steps to amend it and seek a penalty waiver
Finding meaning and purpose after your career is a common concern. Here, we share ideas from “Vibrant Living,” a TV segment about developing a healthy, happy retirement.
It may be wise to plan for retirement without full Social Security, since projections indicate the future of the benefit is unpredictable.
Deciding when to begin Social Security benefits is complicated. Weighing these factors, and running careful tax projections, can help.
Learn how diversifying your taxability (not just investments) is key to creating a sound retirement plan.
Taxpayers reaching age 72 should be aware that a portion of the funds in their retirement accounts starts to become taxable each year—and pitfalls are common.
Keep in mind that claiming Social Security benefits before FRA results in a permanent reduction in the benefit amount, whether you are claiming spousal benefits or your own.
Estate tax is levied against someone’s estate upon death and is based on the size of the total estate. Inheritance tax is levied against the heirs of an estate.
With appropriate income withdrawal strategies, a retiree can lessen their exposure to IRMAA surcharges.
Studies have shown that some heirs ultimately end up in worse financial shape after receiving an inheritance. This is so common that psychologists call it sudden wealth syndrome, although it is not an actual psychological diagnosis.
Trusts can be an essential part of your plan—but they are often complex and time-consuming to set up.
The mechanics of estate planning can be easy enough, but the big picture requires a lot of thought and soul searching.
The good news is that there are plenty of legitimate options to avoid the penalties and taxes.
Could a happy retirement still include working, but only doing the parts of our jobs we enjoy?
It’s just as important to diversify how funds are saved as it is to diversify how they are invested.
Do not spend money that has been accumulated for financial independence. Invading long-term savings extends the time it will take to achieve a goal.
When Inheriting an IRA there are complex rules you will need to follow to avoid costly errors.
Time is the most important word in our investment vocabulary. If financial independence is the goal, starting today beats waiting until tomorrow.
Until you reach age 59 ½, attempting to access tax-deferred retirement accounts could trigger taxes and penalties.
If money is taken from an IRA before age 59 1/2, a 10% excise tax penalty is applied to the amounts withdrawn—unless it meets one of the twelve exceptions.