The Retirement Savings Time Bomb . . . and How to Defuse It: A Five-Step Action Plan for Protecting Your IRAs, 401(k)s, and Other Retirement Plans from Near Annihilation by the Taxman

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Through his simple, effective 5-Step Action Plan, renowned tax advisor Ed Slott explains in clear-cut laymen's terms what you need to know and do now to insure your financial future, including: protecting your retirement from excessive taxation, tapping retirement funds for emergency cash without penalty, passing on more of your wealth to your family, getting the most out of the latest tax laws, creating the perfect estate plan, and much more! With trillions of dollars in invested in retirement accounts across ...
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Overview

Through his simple, effective 5-Step Action Plan, renowned tax advisor Ed Slott explains in clear-cut laymen's terms what you need to know and do now to insure your financial future, including: protecting your retirement from excessive taxation, tapping retirement funds for emergency cash without penalty, passing on more of your wealth to your family, getting the most out of the latest tax laws, creating the perfect estate plan, and much more! With trillions of dollars in invested in retirement accounts across the country, this book is for every American planning on retiring.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143113362
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Slott is a highly sought-after professional speaker, CPA, and tax adviser. His diverse client list includes major corporations such as Fidelity Investments, American Express, Merrill Lynch, Nationwide Insurance, and Oppenheimer Funds. Ed Slott frequently appears in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and on broadcast television and radio programs nationwide. He is publisher of the popular monthly newsletter “Ed Slott’s IRA Advisor.”

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Table of Contents


Author's Note     vii
Introduction: Playing the "Back 9"     xi
Talking the Talk: A Foolproof Primer of Essential but Often Confusing Tax Terms and Definitions     1
What to Do with the Biggest Check You'll Ever Get     17
The Crime of the Century     19
What's Your Risk IQ?     25
Roll Over, Stay Put, or Withdraw?     34
Five Easy Steps to Protecting Your Retirement Savings from the Taxman     81
Step #1: Time It Smartly     83
Step #2: Insure It     148
Step #3: Stretch It     165
Step #4: Roth It     205
Step #5: Avoid the Death Tax Trap     240
When Things Don't Go as Planned     265
What to Do When S*** Happens     267
Resources     315
Appendices
IRS Joint Life Expectancy Tables     321
IRS Tax Forms and Publications You Should Have (and Where to Get 'Em)     347
Sample Beneficiary Designation Forms and "Stretch IRA" Beneficiary Information Sheet     351
Acknowledgments     357
About the Author     365
Index     369
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