The Internal Revenue Service has updated two comprehensive publications designed to help anyone making IRA contributions or receiving IRA distributions for tax year 2019 or considering making retirement donations before April 15, 2020.

The 2019 editions of Publication 590-A, Contributions to Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) and Publication 590-B, Distributions from Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), are both now available on Both publications address the unique features of both Roth and traditional IRAs.

Most people who work can make contributions to a traditional or Roth IRA. Contributions to a traditional IRA are usually tax deductible and distributions are generally taxable. On the other hand, contributions to a Roth IRA are not tax deductible, but qualified distributions are tax-free. Taxpayers can make contributions until April 15, 2020, and count them on their 2019 tax returns.
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Most clients will change jobs a few times in their lives, which often means they wind up with multiple 401(k) and other types of retirement plans. Consolidating can produce many benefits–namely, making it easier to manage retirement assets and easing RMD calculations, but there are rules to consolidating and clients also need to be aware of benefits that may be unique to any one type of plan. Clients should evaluate their goals with respect to eventual withdrawals, as the rules for penalty-free withdrawals–for example, via using an IRA to establish a series of substantially equal periodic payments to provide penalty-free withdrawals prior to age 591/2.

For more information on the rollover rules and how they may impact clients considering retirement account consolidation, visit Tax Facts Online. Read More

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TaxConnections Members are able to connect with a steady stream of prospective clients by answering tax questions. Answering visitors’ tax questions is a great way to begin the conversation. Each Friday we post a question we ask our community members to comment in order to help our site visitors.

How would you advise a client given this scenario? 

We are a married couple and we both have W2 jobs from stable large corporations. Wife also has 1099 income (physician practice + moonlighting). How should we organize her business so that we can maximize tax avoidance while taking our combined situation into account? These numbers are for 2018.
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“I Really Wish I Could Do Retirement Planning Like A “Normal” Person. But, I’m an American Abroad. I hear I can’t Invest in Mutual funds in my Country of Residence.

The “Coming into U.S. Tax Compliance Book” is designed to provide an overview of how to bring some sanity to your life.

My Assumptions: This discussion assumes without deciding, that non-U.S. mutual funds are PFICs AKA “Passive Foreign Investment Corporations”. Although a clear majority of Read More