Tips to Share with your clients: Did you know you have until April 15th to contribute to your IRA (ROTH or Traditional) contribution for 2010?

Fred Solomon, from Solomon Financial Mortgage shares IRA contribution information for 2010/2011.

In speaking with my clients and friends, this topic comes up this time of year.   According to http://www.money-zine.com/Financial-Planning/Retirement/Roth-IRA-Contribution-Limits/

Traditional & Roth IRA Compensation Limits
As mentioned earlier, the first contribution limit we’re going to talk about has to do with compensation.  To be eligible for a Roth IRA contribution in a given calendar year, you need some form of compensation.  But there is also an income limit for contributions.  If your adjusted gross income exceeds these limits, then you are no longer eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA.
In 2010 and 2011, the adjusted gross income limits are:
Single filers, Head of Household or Married Filing Separately (and you did not live with your spouse during the year) with modified adjusted gross income up to $105,000 ($107,000 in 2011) can make a full contribution.  Contributions are phased-out starting at $105,000 (or $107,000 in 2011) and you cannot make a contribution if your adjusted gross income is in excess of $120,000 ($122,000 in 2011).
Joint filers with modified adjusted gross income up to $167,000 ($169,000 in 2011) can make a full contribution.  Once again, this contribution is phased-out starting at $167,000 ($169,000 in 2011) and you cannot make a contribution if your adjusted gross income is in excess of $177,000 in 2010 or $179,000 in 2011.
If your tax filing status is Married Filing Separately (and you live with your spouse), then you cannot make a Roth IRA contribution if your AGI is in excess of $10,000.
Traditional & Roth IRA Contribution Limits for 2011

Traditional & Roth Contribution Table
2011$5,000
2012$5,000 plus Inflation

Roth IRA Catch-Up Limits
In addition to the “standard” contribution limits shown above, taxpayers age 50 and over by December 31st are eligible to make a Roth IRA catch-up contribution.  Once again, the table below outlines these catch-up contributions for the last several years as well as those for the next couple of years:
Roth Catch-Up Contributions Table
2011$1,000
2012$1,000 plus Inflation

Roth IRA Contribution Example
Keep in mind that these catch-up contributions are in addition to the “normal” Roth IRA contribution limit.  For example, in 2010 and 2011 you can make a contribution of $5,000.  But if your age 50 and over by year’s end, you can make an additional catch up contribution of $1,000, making your total contribution $6,000.

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When is it okay to walk away from your home?

Every Realtor Agent Should Read This

by Fred Solomon

Give this info to your homeowner who is going through this & watch what happens to your credibility.  Feel free to refer your buyers to Solomon Financial Mortgage to do their loans.  I give free seminars on this above info.

Whether it is a primary, vacation, or investment property, you need to know how to protect yourself from the lender coming after you personally for any forgiveness of debt or the IRS coming after you for any potential tax consequences from a short sale or foreclosure, understanding insolvency & how you can avoid any federal or state taxes, understanding BK & Foreclosure laws, and how to use this info when negotiating with the bank (if you are going thru that process).  When considering what you should do if you don’t qualify for a loan modification, you have to be aware of potential tax consequences of a short sale, legal ramifications (i.e. signing a promissory note where these lenders may have the right to come after you to collect), & know when it is a good time or not to walk away from a home that you own.

Before you list your home for sale, you need to be aware of these 4 articles.  If you or someone you know is going through this, please print out these articles & read them.  If you have any questions after reading these 4 articles, talk to a CPA who understands Real Estate.  We are not allowed to give out Tax or Legal advice, but I can certainly tell you what I would do if I was in your situation.  In fact, my father is a CPA and my brother also happens to work with him.  There are a lot of things that need to be considered.  Please consult with your own CPA or Attorney.

However, if you are insolvent, that will eliminate any tax consequences (please consult with your CPA).  Please do not sign Promissory Notes in your Short Sale package.  If you see one in the Short Sale package, don’t sign it, crumple it up & use it as practice for your basketball shooting skills. The lenders don’t catch it a majority of the time.  By signing the promissory note, you are authorizing the bank to come after you for your assets (possibly record a lien on any new real estate you purchase down the road).  It is not good. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Learn the following words if you or someone you know is going thru this – FULL SATISFACTION & RELEASE OF LIEN & how to negotiate with the lender to ask for & receive a Full Satisfaction & Release.

Here are those 4 articles.  If you would like to talk to us about listing a property for sale & you owe more than what it is worth, do yourself a favor and check out these articles and then give us a call –

For Realtors – A new way to beat the banks at their own game – http://www.trulia.com/blog/chris_sorensen/2011/01/stop_the_trustee_sale-get_your_short_sale_completed

Tax Consequences of a Short Sale or Foreclosure – need some advice?http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/mar/03/hefty-tax-bill-may-hit-those-who-lost-home/

California won’t tax forgiven home debthttp://www.sacbee.com/2010/04/09/2666095/california-wont-tax-forgiven-home.html

Another good article to advise your friends of when it is ok to walk away from their homehttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703795004575087843144657512.html?mod=djemRealEstate_h

Pay attention to what is written above here & confirm this info with your CPA or tax advisor who understands Real Estate.  Too many homeowners are just flat out not told or UNAWARE of any of this & there are situations where it may make more sense (tax wise, not necessarily credit wise) to let your property go into Foreclosure & be sold @ the Trustee Sale (especially if the foreclosing lender is purchase money & a non-recourse loan).  You heard it here first & I have mentioned this on my radio program for the last 2-3 years.

Give this info to your homeowner who is going thru this & watch what happens to your credibility.  Feel free to refer your buyers to me to do their loans.  I give free seminars on this above information.

Contact Fred:

fred@sfmdirect.com

800-811-7709