The objective of this exercise is to perform appropriate research and analysis and to prepare a report to a client.
The client is an individual who is considering the withdrawal of funds from a Traditional Individual Retirement Account, which has a current balance of about
$1,500,000. The client is age 56. The client and spouse file a joint tax return, currently have an adjusted gross income of about $85,000, and do not expect
any significant changes for the next five to seven years.
The client is interested in knowing how they can take distributions from their traditional Individual Retirement Accounts this year without incurring any early
withdrawal penalty. The client is very quantitatively oriented and so would be very interested in knowing the method(s) of calculating the allowable
distributions. In addition, if multiple options exist, the client is interested in knowing what are those options and your analysis of the relevant considerations
in selecting an option or calculation method, as well as knowing how acceptable changes can be made in the future to any payment structure while
avoiding any penalties.
The report should appropriately reference any sources used.
You may use any reference sources available.
Primary and secondary sources should be used.
For purposes of this project:
Primary sources of tax law include the Constitution, legislative history materials, statues, treaties, Treasury Regulations, IRS Pronouncements, and judicial
Secondary sources include IRS publications, including letter rulings, General Counsel Memoranda, and instructions for completing forms, the Bluebook, tax
listed in your textbook, other legal periodicals, treatises, and legal opinions.
Tertiary sources include other materials related to the subject.
Referencing the website, such as “www.irs.gov”, is not an acceptable reference citation.
Such a citation is no different than referring to the “library”.
The paper should be written as a report to a client. Sources should be cited as footnotes. Direct quotes should be kept to a minimum; paraphrasing and
summarizing the resource material will be best for this paper.