Nonspouse beneficiaries have new options

If you are the beneficiary of a decedent's qualified retirement plan, and you are not the spouse of the decedent, you now have additional options for distributions. In the past, only a spouse beneficiary was permitted to roll the account into an IRA. Now, beginning in 2007,

if you are the beneficiary, you may roll the distribution into an IRA that has been established to receive the qualified plan.

Under this new option, you will be subject to the rules for distributions that apply to inherited IRAs, as opposed to the more strict rules that apply to distributions from qualified plans. Many qualified plans require beneficiaries to take the entire amount from the plan within five years of the date of death. The rules that apply to inherited IRAs allow the beneficiary to take distributions over his or her life expectancy, thus spreading the tax liability over several more years. If the decedent was over age 70'/2, the distribution rules are a bit different. Here you have the option of taking the distributions from the inherited IRA over your life expectancy, or the remaining life expectancy of the owner, assuming he or she was still living.

Tax Tips Small Business

  • Determining Qualified Business Expenses

    Be sure to deduct every legitimate expense

    Amounts you spend in the course of conducting business are generally deductible from the gross income of that business. This includes any start-up expenses. You can claim amounts spent for items ordinary and necessary in your trade or business as a deduction against your income. Otherwise, the amounts are amortized, depreciated, or expensed depending on the nature of the purchases.

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Small Business Quick Tip

  • Employer Provided Education

    Employer-provided education assistance benefits of $5,250 provided under a written plan are excludable from wages. The education doesn't need to be job-related to qualify.
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Tax Tips Personal

  • IRA Contributions for Military Personnel

    Nontaxable combat pay is considered compensation

    Members of the military serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat zone localities can now put money into an IRA, even if they received tax-free combat pay. Under the Heroes Earned Retirement Opportunities (HERO) Act,

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Personal Quick Tip

  • Combat Pay

    Military personnel may elect to treat combat pay that is excluded from gross income as earned income in determining both eligibility for the earned income tax credit and the amount of that credit.