Recent Irs Crackdowns On Iras

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Aside from early withdrawals, rollover mistakes and above-limit contributions can turn you into a target of the recent IRS crackdowns on IRAs. Here’s some information on these violations and how you can diminish the impact of these mistakes on your finances:

You’ll need to accomplish a rollover within 60 days of taking cash out of your IRA so it won’t be considered taxable. However, the IRS can waive the limit within reason – if you get into an accident and are seriously injured right before you make the deposit into another IRA, for example. For other rollover errors, you aren’t likely to be as lucky. Putting the money into a taxable account rather than another IRA can be costly for you, although the mistake may seem relatively trivial. Expert opinion says that the IRS is a lot stricter when it comes to errors like these, apparently because they’re not that hard to avoid. It’s recommended that you roll over your IRA via a direct firm-to-firm transfer.

For contributions above the set limits, here’s a brief overview: single employees can give maximum contributions of $ 5,000 yearly for 2010 – the maximum is $ 6,000 for those over 49 years of age. Anything over that is considered excessive. Fix the error within six months – beyond that, there’s a 6% penalty on the excess for every year the money’s in the account.

The penalty can accumulate considerably. One agent in California enabled a client to fix the situation after the client made a net contribution of $ 10,000 when the annual IRA limit was a couple of thousand. The mistake cost the client over a thousand in excise tax. The participant applied the excess to the allowed contributions that year, stopping the penalties. The participant also had the option of halting penalties by withdrawing earnings from the excess and paying ordinary taxes on the earnings.

Carina Smith is an author that specializes in financial topics concerning seniors. Puritan Financial Group specializes in giving seniors stable sources of retirement income so they won’t have to depend solely on their retirement accounts. For more information about how Puritan Financial Group can help you, please visit our website at

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