Do You Know How
The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017
Impacts IRAs (and Planning for Them)?

Changes in income tax rates, Roth Conversions and the estate tax exemption require all of us to brush up on our IRA strategies.  More and more wealth will be parked inside IRAs over the next few years, as qualified retirement plans are rolled over, than ever before in history.

So whether you’re an attorney, accountant or financial planner, you will undoubtedly face numerous IRA questions and issues you must be ready to address.  Plus, if you have more IRA planning knowledge you can enjoy a competitive (and marketing) advantage when prospective clients are shopping for an advisor!  (By the way, even if you’re already well up on the rules and planning for IRAs, here’s a quick, easy and inexpensive way to bring your associates up to speed too, so they can better assist your clients - - and you!)

Please join us and nationally renowned IRA expert, Robert S. Keebler, CPA/PFS, MST, AEP (Distinguished), CGMA for an updated and revised presentation entitled “What You Need to Know About IRAs (and Planning for Them) in 2019”.

In this 90-minute, plain-English program designed especially for attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors, which will include valuable implementation flow charts and checklists, Bob Keebler will explain just what you need to know about IRAs:

  • Special rules for taxation of Roth IRAs
  • Advanced Roth IRA conversion, recharacterization and loss recognition planning
  • Specific traps for the unwary: disallowed investments, prohibited transactions, UBTI, excess accumulation
  • Rollovers at the first death
  • Understanding the spousal rollover trap
  • Which key federal and state laws apply to distribution and testamentary disposition of IRAs (and Qualified Plans)
  • Community or marital property issues
  • How portability planning applies to IRAs (and Qualified Plans) inherited by the spouse
  • Calculating and timing required minimum distributions (“RMDs”)
  • How the RMD “stretchout” rules work for IRAs inherited by someone other than a spouse (including the impact of the Pension Protection Act on Qualified Plans)
  • Common mistakes to avoid with “Inherited IRAs”
  • Disclaimer planning
  • Accomplishing a spousal rollover when the IRA passes directly to an estate or living trust
  • Qualifying a trust as a “designated beneficiary” to maximize RMD stretchout
  • How to designate the IRA beneficiary properly, to avoid the “no separate share” rule that can limit the stretchout
  • The differences between “conduit” and “accumulation” trusts when calculating RMDs and providing creditor protection
  • Post-mortem “fixes” of problematic trust provisions and beneficiary designation forms
  • Common mistakes to avoid when paying IRAs to trusts
  • And much, much more!

There simply isn’t another IRA program this comprehensive, while also simple and easy to attend, understand and immediately apply in your practice!

Your purchase includes: Downloadable PDF handout materials and MP3 audio recording. A PDF transcript to your purchase during the checkout process for an additional fee.

  • Program Title: What You Need to Know About IRAs (and Planning for Them) in 2019
  • Speaker:
  • Duration: 90 minutes

Robert S. Keebler

CPA/PFS, MST, AEP (Distinguished), CGMA
Robert S. Keebler

Robert S. Keebler, CPA/PFS, MST, AEP (Distinguished), CGMA is a partner with Keebler & Associates, LLP and is a 2007 recipient of the prestigious Accredited Estate Planners (Distinguished) award from the National Association of Estate Planning Counsels. He has been named by CPA Magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Practitioners in the United States and one of the Top 40 Tax Advisors to Know During a Recession. Mr. Keebler is the past Editor-in-Chief of CCH’s magazine, Journal of Retirement Planning, and a member of CCH’s Financial and Estate Planning Advisory Board. His practice includes family wealth transfer and preservation planning, charitable giving, retirement distribution planning, and estate administration. Mr. Keebler frequently represents clients before the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the private letter ruling process and in estate, gift and income tax examinations and appeals.

In the past 20 years, he has received over 150 favorable private letter rulings including several key rulings of “first impression.” Mr. Keebler is nationally recognized as an expert in estate and retirement planning and works collaboratively with other experts on academic reviews and papers, and client matters. Mr. Keebler is the author of over 75 articles and columns and editor, author, or co-author of many books and treatises on wealth transfer and taxation, including the Warren, Gorham & Lamont of RIA treatise Esperti, Peterson and Keebler/Irrevocable Trusts: Analysis with Forms.

Mr. Keebler is a member of the editorial board of the Society of Financial Service Professionals “Keeping Current” series. He is a featured columnist for CCH’s Taxes Magazine – “Family Tax Planning Forum,” Steve Leimberg’s “News of the Week Newsletter” and the Bureau of National Affairs Tax Division. Bob also had his article “Is That Your ‘Final’ Answer?” published in Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal. Bob frequently is quoted in national publications such as New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Barrons, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, Financial Advisor, Forbes, Kiplinger, Lawyer’s Weekly, On Wall Street, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Wealth Manager and Worth in addition to many local and regional newspapers.

He is a frequent speaker for legal, accounting, insurance and financial planning groups throughout the United States at seminars and conferences on advanced IRA distribution strategies, estate planning and trust administration topics including the AICPA’s Advanced Estate Planning, Personal Financial Planning Conference and Tax Strategies for the High Income Individual Conference.

Mr. Keebler graduated (cum laude) from Lakeland College with a degree in Accountancy and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a Masters in Taxation. Before practicing in Northeastern Wisconsin, he practiced with Price Waterhouse where he concentrated in taxation.


The Ultimate Estate Planner, Inc. and the presenter are not registered Continuing Education Sponsors and this program is not pre-approved for continuing education credit for any state or regulatory agency.

However, please note that each program includes a Certificate of Completion and, depending on the license and the regulatory agency for which governs a participant’s CE credit, some professionals may be able to self-report his or her participation and receive credit. It is the responsibility of the participant to complete any process necessary to seek self-reported CE credit for his or her participation. By registering for a teleconference (or purchasing on On-Demand program), you understand that CE credit is not guaranteed or warranted by the presenter or The Ultimate Estate Planner, Inc.

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