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Piece of the Pie Maintaining Your

401K or IRA? W.F.Boutin EA - Total Tax Solutions LLC

Last week we discussed the benefits of deferred compensation plans such as the 401K. We saw how it affects the income tax return by lowering AGI and taxable income. Matching contribu- tions from an employer increases the value of such a plan. Other benefits of the 401K, not previously mentioned, are the higher contribution caps as opposed to an IRA, $16,500 for 2011 and an additional $5500 as a catch-up amount for taxpayers over 50, (these totals do not include employer contribution.); some employer 401K plans allow for qualified loans which are not taxable (if you should leave the company’s employ before the loan is repaid it can become an early distribution, fully taxable with penalties). Some issues that may be considered a negative are 401K plans only allow distributions in the case of hardship or after age 59 1/2. The penalty on an early distribution is not wavered for education expenses or first time home purchases as they could be with a traditional IRA. The 401K is not very “liquid” when funds are required. Taxpayers who do not wish to “place all of their eggs in one basket” may want to consider the possibility of contributing to both a 401K plan and an IRA.

An IRA has contribution limits of $5000 for 2011 with a catch-up amount of an additional $1000 for taxpayers 50 or older. Contri- butions amounts are limited to earned income. Loans are not permitted on IRA plans. They are more “liquid” because amounts can be withdrawn at any time, however distributions from a Traditional IRA will be fully taxable, unless the IRA contains non-deductible contributions. These distributions will increase the AGI, taxable income and possibly the tax bracket on the tax return. Unless an exception to the penalty applies, such as distributions for qualified first-home purchases or qualified education expenses, a 10% penalty is also imposed on the early withdrawal (the same as with a 401K).

When discussing IRA plans we need to distinguish between the Traditional and the Roth.

Contributions can be made to both plans in the same year, but the total amount contributed cannot exceed the contribution limit or earned income for the year. Contributions to a Traditional IRA may be deductible on the income tax return. Whether it is deductible depends upon income, filing status and if you are already a participant in an employer’s retirement plan. All individuals can always contribute the maximum limit to a

Traditional IRA, providing the earned income rule is met; but if it is not deductible in full on the tax return, taxpayers must keep track of their basis (the non-deductible portion), since it will not be taxable when distributions are taken (Form 8606 is used to keep track of these after tax contributions). Contributions to a Traditional IRA can be made for the current

tax year up to the due date of the income tax return. This is an important tool for taxpayers who owe additional tax on their return. They have the ability to contribute to an IRA and lower their taxable income or tax bracket for the preceding year, providing it is deductible. Distributions from a Traditional IRA are fully taxable on the income tax return. Contributions to a Roth IRA are never deductible. Contributions to a Roth IRA may also be limited based upon your income, filing status and if you contribute to another IRA. With a Roth IRA, a distribution of the contribution amount is never taxable. The earnings may be taxable if certain criteria are not met. This makes the Roth IRA a very attractive tool in financial planning. It may not be deductible, but is very “liquid” for emergency purposes without affecting the tax return income totals.

Next week: TheValue of Fringe Benefits.

Have a tax question? E-mail About Total Tax Solutions: W.F. Boutin EA registered Total Tax Solutions in the State of NH as a LLC in the summer of 2006 after 10 years experience working for a major tax preparation company and 8 years of teaching various tax courses. The company mission is to deliver an excellent customer service experience year around, to offer knowledgeable advice so that clients can make informed decisions regarding their financial future, and to provide this service with integrity, confidence and professionalism.

Salem Town and School Election Results Election of Town Officers

Selectman (2 for 3 years) Carl Swiderski

Ronald J. Belanger James Keller

Everett McBride P. Anthony McKeon

Budget Committee (3 for 3 years) Robert "Bob" Bryant

William P. Carter Dane Hoover Paul G. Huard Paul Welch

Richard Baillargeon

Budget Committee (1 for 1 year) Russell Frydryck

Library Trustee (1 for 3 years) Annette M. Cooke

Trustee of Trust Funds (2 for 3 years) Michael Foster

Moderator (1 for 2 years) Christopher Goodnow

Supervisor of Checklist (1 for 6 years) Melissa Sorcinelli

Supervisor of Checklist (1 for 2 years) Betty Irene Gay Patricia Frydryck

Planning Board (2 for 3 years) Paul Pelletier

Edward DeClercq John J. Manning Phyllis O'Grady

Zoning Board of Adjustment (2 for 3 years) Steven Diantgikis

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Article 5: Change Definition of Abutter

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Interest Earnings on Investment of $14,506 in Bonds

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Zoning Board of Adjustment (1 for 2 years) Bernard W. Campbell

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