Matt Smith

The Supreme Court Has an IRA Reminder for You

In the recent case of Sveen v. Melin, the Supreme Court ruled that life insurance proceeds would not go to an ex-spouse, even though her name remained on the beneficiary form after the divorce. Instead, the Court said the Minnesota state statute removing an ex-spouse as a beneficiary upon divorce is constitutional and awarded the life insurance proceeds to the contingent beneficiaries; children from a prior marriage.

Rollovers & Naming a Trust as a Beneficiary: Today’s Q&A Mailbag

Roll over all but $4000 of nondeductible IRA in my Traditional IRA into my SEP IRA, then rollover the $4K basis into my Roth IRA? Can I do that? Can I do both rollovers in quick succession in the same day so that the Traditional left with the $4K does not accrue the daily interest?

Separating IRAs: Today’s Q&A Mailbag

Is this a question you can help me with? Client’s husband & Wife had a living trust. Attorney suggested that all holdings be put into the trust or make the Trust the beneficiary. Husband died several years ago, in January, 2018 the wife died.

Disaster Relief Information from the IRS

A lot has changed in the last six months for certain federally declared disaster areas. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 added relief for the California wildfires and mudslides of late 2017. The Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 included relief for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Disaster Relief Information from IRS

A lot has changed in the last six months for certain federally declared disaster areas. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 added relief for the California wildfires and mudslides of late 2017. The Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 included relief for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.