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How Much Can a Stretch IRA Be Worth?

One of the greatest benefits of an IRA is its ability to provide tax-favored wealth for heirs. An IRA left to a beneficiary can be "stretched" to provide pre-tax compound investment returns for the rest of the beneficiary's life -- or even longer.  And these can be...

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Tracking Roth Contributions for Those Under Age 59½

One of the benefits of a Roth IRA is that contributions can always be distributed out of the Roth IRA with no tax, and no early distribution penalty for those that are under age 59½. But, you have to be able to prove to IRS that you are taking a distribution of...

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Earned Income for IRA Contributions

With the 2017 tax filing date quickly approaching, many taxpayers are looking to take advantage of IRA contributions to lower taxable income prior to filing. However, before making that contribution, you want to be sure that you meet all the eligibility rules. The...

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Using Your IRA for a Short-Term Loan

For many Americans, their IRA is their largest asset. It is not surprising then that in times of financial trouble they may want to turn to their IRA as quick source of cash. If this is your situation and you are thinking about using your IRA for a short-term loan,...

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How Safe Are Your Tax Secrets?

Tax return information is confidential. As the April 17th tax filing date approaches, pay attention to keeping your tax return information out of the hands of those who could cause you harm. Protecting Information on Your Tax Return Your tax return is full of private...

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