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There are many books on investing that include chapters on IRAs, 401(k)s, and other retirement
plans. However these books usually give the advice to ensure you are contributing to these plans
and offer suggestions on what investment vehicles to use to help save a nest egg for a person's
retirement years. This book is different. "IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans: Taking
Your Money Out 9th Edition" by Twila Slesnick and John C. Suttle is not for the person wanting to
invest for retirement, it is for the person who has reached retirement, or about to, and wants to
take money out of these types of accounts. There are various rules, and this Nolo legal guide
helps the reader navigate them.

Nolo calls this book a retirement companion, and in a sense, that is what it is. It is a very good
guide on a subject that is becoming more important all the time as more and more people look to
use the money they have been saving.

Chapter One covers types of retirement plans. Included are qualified plans such as profit-sharing
plans, stock bonus plans, and money purchase pension plans. Individual Retirement Accounts
such as Traditional IRAs, Rollover IRAs, and Roth IRAs are among those included. There is also a
little on almost-qualified plans and nonqualified plans. Good brief overview of the plans.

Chapter two contains an overview of tax rules. While it won't take the place of your professional
tax preparer, this chapter does provide some general guidance on the tax rules. Retirement plans
are all about saving and using as much of your money as you can with as little taxes being paid as
legally possible. To do this, you want to know the tax laws that are relevant, and this chapter does
give the basics related to your retirement plans and funds.

To get some of the benefits certain retirement plans provide, you must keep funds in them until
you reach a certain age. What if you need the money before that? Chapter three discusses early
distributions and taking your money out before the law allows. If you need your retirement money
early, this is a good chapter to read before talking it over with your financial and tax advisors.

Chapter four covers substantially equal periodic payments. This is a complicated exception to the
early distribution tax. It is something some people may need when taking an early distribution. This
again is a good chapter to read so you have a basic understanding of the concept before
discussing with your financial and tax professionals.

While retirement plans have stipulations on when you can withdraw funds, they also have certain
required distributions. Chapter five covers these and taking money out when you have to. Things
such as special rules for Roth IRAs, penalties, and waivers are covered in this chapter.

Chapter six continues with required distributions during your lifetime. This is a good chapter for
everyone to be familiar with since it discusses when you are required to start taking money out of
your retirement plan or IRA.

Unfortunately, not everyone lives long enough to use their retirement money. Chapter seven
focuses on distributions to your beneficiary if you die before age 70 1/2. Distribution methods,
spouse beneficiary, nonspouse beneficiary, and no designated beneficiary are some of the topics
in this chapter. If you don't care what happens after you die, this chapter won't mean much. But if
you want to know what will happen with your accounts if you pass on without using them up, this
chapter provides that information.

Chapter eight continues with distributions to your beneficiary if you die after age 70 1/2. Yep, it
matters how old you are when you pass away as to what might happen with your funds. This
chapter explains the differences. Like chapter seven, read it if you want to know what happens
with your money if you die. These two chapters can help you prepare and plan to ensure your
money goes where you want it to.

Chapter nine focuses on Roth IRAs. The book calls the Roth IRA one of the biggest sugarcoated
carrots out there to encourage people to save for retirement. Personally, I believe them to be a
great investment vehicle for many people. If you have a Roth IRA or are thinking about one, this
chapter provides some good guidance and advice.

Chapter ten covers Roth 401(k) plans. If you have one and are under 59 1/2 years old and want to
withdraw money from it, this chapter has some useful advice.

Appendix A contains some IRS forms, Notices, and Schedules. Appendix B has life expectancy
tables. These are things to be familiar with when planning, and are included as a reference.

This is a very good reference for those that have this kind of investment and want to know the
rules regarding getting their money out and using it, while minimizing taxes and not incurring
penalties. It is especially important for those nearing retirement age as they prepare to transition
from earning and saving to withdrawing and spending. There are some very good strategies and
suggestions regarding what to do before and after retirement with your retirement plans and
saving vehicles.

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