Using an IRA distribution to offset an Active Income Loss

Last week in our end of the year tax strategies, we spoke of a Roth Conversion in order to maximize your tax deductions. This weeks topic is another very similar handy technique that needs to be completed before year-end to work.

This technique is especially helpful if you are GREATER than 59.5 years young – 

IRA distribution to Offset a Loss

Due to a pinched nerve in my right shoulder, this post is going to be short, as the pain is almost unbearable to type — always worried about losing my voice to communicate — how times have changed!

Required Minimum Distributions or RMD’s affect all of us once we reach age 70.5 – mandating distributions so Uncle Sam can get his tax dollars – the link is to a three-part series – will review in greater detail by years end.RMD

If you have Active income and are showing a loss this year AND are greater than 59.5 years young, BUT NOT YET 70.5 AND SUBJECT TO RMD consider an IRA distribution — it will do much of the same that the Roth conversion will do —

Quick Example: As of today you have $50k of losses from a qualifying active activity – rather than lose that loss, DISTRIBUTE  $50k of your IRA, creating an offsetting $50k of income to flatten your income – you might even consider DISTRIBUTING your loss plus your deductions.Ira

Since partial distributions are available, you can drive the amount of income you show against your loss —

  1. Flatten your loss – not lose it
  2. Possibly freely distribute your taxable IRA
  3. Help minimize your future RMD’s

This is a sophisticated technique and requires estimates, planning and professional council — do not try this without help from your financial planning and tax advisor – a mistake can be costly.  Done correctly, the rewards can be outstanding! Oh — this post is not a recommendation, only  a reminder of what is available –

Have a Great — Less Taxable — Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

http://www.jkfinancialinc.com
http://www.street-cents.com
8222 Douglas Ave # 590
Dallas, TX 75225


 

 

 

 

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  5. Bob… I have a whole new appreciation for pain.. and this probably does not even compare to what you went though !! Thanks for the good wishes john

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  6. John, sorry to hear about your arm. I feel your pain from my rotator cuff surgery late last year. Good luck .

    Bob

    Bob Fowler Fowler Consulting Group LLC PO Box 2085 Lexington , S.C. 29071 336-402-1076

    BFowlerSr@Gmail.com

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