In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Smart Strategies for Taking Required Minimum Distributions

By Emily Brandon

Retirees who forget annual 401(k) and IRA withdrawals face huge penalties

JewishWorldReview.com | (USNWR) After years of delaying income tax on your 401(k) and IRA contributions, Uncle Sam comes to collect in retirement. Distributions from 401(k)s and IRAs become required after age 70, and you must pay income tax on each withdrawal. Here are some strategies for taking required minimum distributions that will help you preserve as much spending power as possible.

Start after age 70 1/2. Remembering to take these withdrawals is essential to your retirement security. You must take your first required minimum distribution by April 1 of the year after you turn 70. Subsequent distributions are due by December 31 each year. The penalty for failing to take this distribution is a stiff 50 percent tax in addition to regular income tax on the amount that should have been withdrawn. "You're not saving yourself anything by not taking distributions," says Grace Cavanaugh, a certified financial planner for Cavanaugh Financial Group in Plymouth, Minn. "The penalty for not taking the right amount is severe."


Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". In addition to INSPIRING stories, HUNDREDS of columnists and cartoonists regularly appear. Sign up for the daily update. It's free. Just click here.

Avoid two distributions in the same year. Retirees who delay their first retirement account withdrawal until April 1 will need to take two distributions in the same year because the second distribution will be dueDecember 31. Withdrawals from 401(k)s and IRAs are taxed as income, and two withdrawals in the same year could significantly increase your income tax bill. "Take a look at what your taxable income is going to be and determine whether or not two distributions are going to kick you into a higher tax bracket," says Richard Donahue, a certified financial planner for Asset Advisors in Bellingham, Wash.

Delay 401(k) withdrawals if you are still working. People who are still working after age 70 1/2 can delay distributions from their current 401(k), but not IRA, until April 1 of the year after they retire. "If you are an employee, then you can continue to leave that money in the plan," says Donahue. However, employees who own 5 percent or more of the company sponsoring the plan must start 401(k) distributions after age 70 1/2 even if they are still working.

Withdraw the correct amount. The distribution amount is generally calculated by dividing your account balance by an IRS estimate of your life expectancy. However, if you have a spouse who is more than 10 years younger than you and is the sole beneficiary of your IRA, your spouse's age must also be factored into the calculation. Retirees over age 59 can withdraw more than the required minimum amount each year, but excess withdrawals will not count toward required distributions in future years. Retirees can take any number of withdrawals they choose throughout the year, as long as the minimum is met byDecember 31 (or April 1 if it is your first required distribution).

Take distributions from the worst-performing account. If you have several IRAs, you must calculate the required minimum distribution for each account, but you don't have to take a separate withdrawal from every IRA you own. You can add up your IRA distributions and take it all out of one IRA or a combination of any IRAs you choose. "If you have three IRA accounts and they are paying you 1 percent, 3 percent, and 5 percent, my suggestion, in most cases, would be to take it all from the one that is paying you the least," says David Hutmacher, a certified financial planner and president of Southwest Seniors Financial in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Those with a 401(k) or most other types of workplace retirement accounts must take a withdrawal from each account. However, if you have multiple 403(b) tax-sheltered annuity accounts, you can total the required minimum distributions and take them from any account or combination of accounts.

Convert to a Roth. There are no minimum distribution requirements for Roth IRAs. Workers already paid income taxes on Roth IRA contributions, and the money can be withdrawn as you need it or can be passed on to heirs. "Once you have a Roth, then you don't have to worry about distributions," says Hutmacher. Having both Roth and traditional retirement accounts can add tax diversification and flexibility to your retirement draw-down strategy.

Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

Interested in a private Judaic studies instructor — for free? Let us know by clicking here.

Comment by clicking here.

© 2012, U.S.News & World Report LP All rights reserved Distributed by Tribune Media Services