February 23, 2014

NerdWallet: Roth IRA Contribution

I made a non-deductible "Backdoor" Roth IRA Contribution (to get around income limits), and my taxes went up in TaxAct when filing taxes.

I am using a 1099-R that I received with a Gross distribution (box 1) and Taxable amount (box 2) in agreement, plus 2b checked (taxable amount not determined). Distribution code is showing "02 - "Early distribution, exception applies (under age 59.5)". Is the key here that this distribution code was messed up by the provider of the 1099-R (Vanguard), in which case it should be a "G - Direct rollover of a distribution ... to a qualified plan" ?

February 12, 2014

NerdWallet: Life Insurance Policy

I'm 40 years old, in good health, and considering a life insurance policy for the benefit of my wife and one-year old. Would you rather get a whole life insurance policy, or a term life insurance policy and "invest the difference" in the market?

I'm also contributing to a 401K, a 529 account, and have about $1M in loan liabilities.