Training on Standalone IRA Beneficiary Trusts

We are holding one of our most popular technical training teleconferences on the IRA Inheritance Trust® tomorrow with our President, estate planning attorney and IRA Inheritance Trust® creator, Philip Kavesh. This teleconference is always one of our most well-attended and popular programs for those looking to add this unique and niche area of planning to their estate planning practice. See below for more information: The Traps and Tricks of Properly Drafting IRA Trusts Speaker: Philip Kavesh, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation), CFP®, ChFC, CA State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Time: 9am…

Year-End Roth Conversion Planning

  By Robert S. Keebler, CPA, MST, AEP (Distinguished) Roth IRA conversions are an important part of bracket management and can be used to avoid the 3.8% net investment income tax (NIIT) and the higher income tax brackets. While some of the benefits of Roth IRA conversions may require a longer period of time to produce, these conversions are still an important strategy to consider at year-end. Advantages of a Roth IRA Roth IRAs have a number of advantages over traditional IRAs: Lower overall taxable income long-term; Tax-free, rather than tax-deferred growth; No required minimum distributions (RMDs) at age 70½;…

Maximizing IRAs Using Trusts: Kavesh Technique Anticipates Boom by Robert L. Moshman, Esq.

Reproduced with the expressed written consent and permission from Robert L. Moshman, Esq., author of the The Estate Analyst. To contact Bob Moshman to be included on his distribution list of his monthly newsletter, e-mail Bob at bmoshman@optonline.net. A Baby Boomer with an otherwise unremarkable estate could leave behind a supercharged IRA that empowers beneficiaries. Philip J. Kavesh, a veteran estate planning attorney who has trained thousands of financial professionals, took part in designing the IRA Inheritance Trust® and successfully obtained a Private Letter Ruling for the technique in 2005. Although several variations of “stretch-out” or “see-through” trusts have performed…

Beneficiary Designation Problems with IRAs: More Than Just the RMD Rules!

  By Kristen M. Lynch, J.D., AEP, CISP, CTFA with Robert S. Keebler, CPA, MST, AEP (Distinguished) In the world of estate and retirement planning, I have been fortunate enough to have been cross-trained as both a trust officer and an attorney.  As a trust officer, I was charged with being the divisional manager and administrator for all of the IRAs within a large regional bank’s trust department.  In that role, I was responsible for ensuring that the bank’s IRA clients took their required minimum distributions (“RMD’s”), coordinated estate planning and post-mortem issues with the IRA client’s legal and tax…

The Real Deal with IRAs and Lawsuit Protection

Reproduced with permission from Jeffrey M. Verdon Law Group, LLP. There are very few assets we own that are more sacred than our retirement plans. Under general legal principles and public policy, most jurisdictions exempt retirement accounts, such as 401Ks and IRAs, from creditors. However, in a recent court case, the so-called “inherited IRA,” was held not to have such “firewall” creditor protection. An inherited IRA is nothing more than an IRA that is passed from the owner of an IRA at his or her death to the designated beneficiary. In general, sound public policy supports the stance that because…

Recent Decision on Bankruptcy and Inherited IRA Case Confirms Benefit of Standalone IRA Trust

Thanks to the assistance of Michelle Ward of Keebler & Associates, LLP for bringing to our attention a recent case regarding bankruptcy exemption for inherited IRAs. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a district court’s ruling extending bankruptcy exemption to an inherited IRA (Download Case). In Clark, the Wisconsin district court had previously reversed the bankruptcy court’s decision and allowed an inherited IRA to be exempt from the bankruptcy estate. The debtors, Mr. and Mrs. Clark, filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2010. Mrs. Clark had inherited an IRA from her mother in 2001. Neither Mr. nor Mrs….

Roth IRA Conversion Recharacterization Permitted

At The Ultimate Estate Planner, Inc. it’s important to us to keep our customers and the rest of the estate planning community informed about very important and exciting updates as it happens. A special thank you to Michelle Ward and Robert Keebler for this wonderful article featured on WealthManagement.com. Roth IRA Conversion Recharacterization Permitted by Michelle L. Ward Taxpayer relied on financial advisor’s advice In Private Letter Ruling 201235030 (June 6, 2012), received by Keebler & Associates, the Internal Revenue Service granted the taxpayer an extension to recharacterize his 2009 Roth individual retirement account conversions. Facts In 2009, the taxpayer…

Keebler & Ward on Taproot v. Commissioner: Roth IRA Not Eligible Shareholder of S Corporation

Reproduced with Permission by and Courtesy of Leimberg Information Services, Inc. (LISI). For information about how to subscribe to LISI, click here. Traditional IRAs are not eligible S corporation shareholders under Rev. Rul 92-73 on the theory that the beneficiary of a traditional IRA is not taxed currently on the IRA’s share of the S corporation’s income. But what about Roth IRAs? In Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning Newsletter #506 Bob Keebler provided LISI members with his analysis of the initial Tax Court decision in Taproot, that at the time supplied the answer to the fascinating question set out above….

Leimberg Information Services: 60-Second Planner on Fifth Circuit Affirms Chilton on Inherited IRAs

Reproduced with Permission by and Courtesy of Leimberg Information Services, Inc. (LISI). For information about how to subscribe to LISI, click here. Nationally renowned CPA, Robert S. Keebler, recently produced an audio recording for Leimberg Information Services on the court ruling in the Chilton case pertaining to Inherited IRAs. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE LEIMBERG 60-SECOND PLANNER RECORDING Special thanks to Robert S. Keebler and Stephan Leimberg for sharing this valuable information! Additionally, Robert Keebler is gearing up for his upcoming Learn it Live 2-day IRA seminar in Green Bay, Wisconsin on May 14-15, 2012 and just announced a…

Senate Highway Bill S.2132 Brings Back Mandated 5-Year Rule for Payout of Inherited IRAs

A special thanks to Robert Keebler of Keebler & Associates, LLP for bringing to our attention the Senate Highway Bill S.2132, which brings back the mandated 5-year rule for Inherited IRAs (with some exceptions). This obviously has a lot of estate planning professionals on edge to see what’s going to happen with respect to retirement benefit planning for clients this year and beyond. The entire Bill can be found on the Library of Congress’ website. To view S.2132, click here. Robert Keebler has a phone call into Senator Baucus’ office to confirm and will be posting more updates in the…