Traditional IRA

Your Year-End Tax To-Do List: A 5-Step Plan

Nobody likes to spend the holidays thinking about taxes. But by spending a little time now, you can potentially give yourself a nice reward when your IRS refund comes next year. Here are five ways you can uncover tax savings between now and New Year's Eve.

Retirees: Don't Miss Deadline for Required IRA, 401(k) Distributions

Smart retirees have done everything they could lately to stretch their retirement accounts, but taking too little out of them will get you into big trouble with the IRS. Fail to withdraw your full required minimum distribution, and the penalty you pay to the tax man will be severe.

Year-End Tips to Trim Your 2012 Tax Tab

Year-end tax planning is trickier this time around: Unless Congress compromises, all the Bush tax cuts will expire when 2013 arrives, and many popular tax breaks that expired at the end of 2011 may not get revived. Here's how you can lower what you owe the IRS, regardless of what happens in Washington next month.

Retirement Savings by Age: How Do You Compare?

How much do people have saved for retirement in their 30s? In their 40s? In their 50s? LearnVest conducted a nationwide survey to find out. Wondering how your portfolio balance stacks up? Take a look at the breakdown and find out.

Inheriting a Retirement Account? Learn the Rules or You'll Regret It

We all know how hard it can be to build up a big enough nest egg for retirement. But because many retirees leave their IRAs and 401(k)s untouched as long as possible to avoid paying taxes, you might someday face the bittersweet experience of inheriting a retirement account.

IRS Gives Your Retirement Saving a Little Boost for 2013

Saving for retirement has always been hard. But starting in 2013, the IRS is making it a little easier for you to put more money aside for your golden years. On Oct. 18, the IRS announced that it was upping the contribution limits for IRAs and 401(k) plans.

Don't Miss Your Chance for a Roth IRA Do-Over

If you converted your IRA to a Roth IRA last year, you have until Oct. 15 do what's called a recharacterization, which essentially lets you undo the conversion and get a do-over. And there may be some big tax benefits to doing that now.

Too Many 401(k) and IRA Investors Know Too Little About Their Fees

How seriously do Americans take our retirement plans? Not seriously enough to do our homework: A new study shows that two-thirds of Americans with defined-contribution plans or IRAs spend less than five minutes scrutinizing each disclosure statement. But wait: It gets worse.

How to Sneak Into a Roth IRA Through the 'Back Door'

The Roth IRA is one of the best retirement vehicles around, thanks primarily to its terrific tax advantages. The only problem is that some people earn too much, and aren't qualified to contribute directly to one. Fortunately, there's a way around those restrictions.

You Know What's Overrated? Retirement

There are several major flaws in the classic "retirement as a goal" scenario, but you're not locked into it. If you've avoided major debt and have an education that allows you the freedom to re-imagine the concept, you could completely change your life.

12 Money-Saving Year-End Tax Tips You Shouldn't Miss

Although the end of 2011 is near, it's not too late to make sure you don't owe more to the IRS than you need to on April 15. Here are some tax-smart moves to make before you head out to that New Year's Eve party.

How the Taxes Work on a Roth IRA Conversion

When you contribute to a traditional IRA, you can deduct that money from your taxable income that year. When you contribute to a Roth IRA, you don't get the immediate tax benefit -- but you withdraw your money tax-free in retirement. It's also possible to convert from a traditional to a Roth, but you have to pay taxes to do so. A reader named Ron wants to know how that works, and when he'd have to pay the taxes. DailyFinance's Laura Rowley explains.

What Everyone Ought to Know About Roth IRAs

Though it has been part of the retirement investing landscape for more than a decade, many people still don't understand the Roth IRA, or what it can do for them. DailyFinance's Sheryl Nance-Nash clears up the myths and misunderstandings about this tax-advantaged savings vehicle.