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How to Make the Most of Your Required Minimum Distributions

Now that we have discussed the basics of Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) in The ABCs of RMDs, it’s important to see how you can get the most from your money. RMDs may be a mandate, but that does not mean there isn’t...more

View From McDermott: Expanded In-Plan Conversion Opportunities Will Boost Roth 401(k) Balances

The number of defined contribution plans (including 401(k), 403(b) or 457(b) plans) with a Roth feature has grown significantly in recent years. Roth 401(k) is gaining popularity due in part to tax hedging or tax...more

IRS Expands Guidance on In-Plan Roth Conversions

Recent IRS guidance clarifies a number of outstanding questions regarding “in-plan conversions” of non-Roth balances to Roth balances in 401(k), 403(b) and governmental 457(b) plans. In particular, the guidance confirms that...more

In-Plan Roth Conversions

In December of 2013, the IRS issued Notice 2013-74, which provides plan sponsors with guidance on how plan participants can elect an in-plan Roth conversion of pre-tax amounts not yet eligible for distribution from the...more

IRS Issues Notice on Expanded In-Plan Roth Conversion Option

Guidance confirms that plan sponsors have flexibility in designing and implementing a feature that allows participants to convert vested pre-tax balances to after-tax Roth balances....more

Tips for Productive 2013 Year-End Tax Planning

Year-end tax planning could be especially productive this year because timely action could nail down a host of tax breaks that won’t be around next year unless Congress acts to extend them, which, at the present time, looks...more

Self-Directed IRA's: Caution Required

A number of entrepreneurial folks have created self-directed IRA, which can be traditional or Roth IRA's, in order to make investments in real property, oil and gas interests, operating businesses, private placements and the...more

What's New for Tax Year 2012 (When Filing in 2013)

The following are select tax topics affecting individuals and businesses for tax year 2012. Individuals - Personal Exemptions: The personal exemption is $3,800 for 2012, an increase of $100. Alternative...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 8, No. 1 - January 2013

Table of Contents: Remember to file your gift tax return and other follow-up related to 2012 gifts; Review estate plans in light of $5 million exemption becoming permanent; Annual exclusion amount for gifts increased for...more

Highlights of the Individual Tax Provisions in the New Taxpayer Relief Act

Originally published in the AICPA Tax Insider on January 17, 2013. After months of senseless haggling, the Senate early in the morning of Jan. 1, 2013, by a vote of 89–8, and the House of Representatives late in the...more

Roth Conversion Opportunities Expand, But Practical Questions Remain

The recent “fiscal cliff” tax law, the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), includes a provision effective Jan. 1, 2013 that greatly expands the ability of plan participants to convert pre-tax plan accounts to after-tax Roth...more

Fiscal Cliff Legislation - Employee Benefits and Compensation Provisions of Interest

Earlier this month we notified you that that under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012—i.e., the “fiscal cliff legislation”—Congress extended the ability of employers to pay or reimburse an employee on a tax-free basis...more

Rates of Change: The Effect of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on Individual and Fiduciary Income Taxes

For all the public discussion in 2012 of the need for a significant reformation and restructuring of the Internal Revenue Code, the income tax provisions of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the 2012 Act) are at their...more

How Will the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Affect You - Details of Legislation passed by Congress to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

On January 2, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, H.R. 8 (ATRA), preserving many of the key tax provisions passed during the George W. Bush presidency, which were scheduled to...more

Congress Avoids the Fiscal ‘Cliff’—Now What?

The new federal tax bill establishes permanent income, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax provisions that present additional planning opportunities for 2013 and beyond. ...more

Fiscal Cliff Legislation Provides New In-Plan Roth Conversion Opportunity

The newly enacted American Taxpayer Relief Act (H.R. 8) includes a significant new opportunity to perform “in-plan” conversions of pretax dollars to Roth (after-tax) dollars of funds held in defined contribution retirement...more

Summary of Income Tax Provisions in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

As you no doubt are aware, Congress just passed, and the President just signed into law, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”). The Act is effective as of January 1, 2013. This summary addresses certain of...more

A Soft Landing From The Fiscal Cliff For Employee Benefits

Well, Congress in the season of giving has provided plan sponsors and participants with multiple beneficial opportunities to start 2013. Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8), also known as the...more

Legal Alert: The Fiscal-Cliff Tax Relief Affected Benefits, Too

As most everyone knows by now, Congress adopted, and President Obama signed, legislation – the American Taxpayer Relief Act (the "Act") – that resolves many elements of the so-called "fiscal cliff," i.e., the various tax...more

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