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by southerndoc
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA question
Replies: 8
Views: 1027

Re: HSA question

My understanding is that you can use HSA funds you save while under the insurance even once you are no longer covered by the insurance later on. The only requirement limitation is that you can only open and fund an HSA while you have a HDHP. The eligibility for HSA expenses is determined by the IRS...
by southerndoc
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: HSA fees??
Replies: 12
Views: 965

Re: HSA fees??

The PEO I joined uses HealthEquity. $2.50/month. A little better than Bank of America's $4.50/month. HealthEquity has Vanguard funds available.
by southerndoc
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 ACA costs arrived
Replies: 88
Views: 10453

Re: 2018 ACA costs arrived

Kaiser patients here are transferred frequently to in-network hospitals, sometimes over an hour away.
by southerndoc
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 ACA costs arrived
Replies: 88
Views: 10453

Re: 2018 ACA costs arrived

I can't get individual insurance next year unless I go with Kaiser. Kaiser isn't that great in Georgia (not contracted with many hospitals). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana, Aetna, and United all exited the individual market. A ton of small business owners and independent contractors will have only a...
by southerndoc
Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SEP-IRA Transfer to HSA
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: SEP-IRA Transfer to HSA

Perhaps it's just best to make a contribution and take a double deduction. :)
by southerndoc
Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SEP-IRA Transfer to HSA
Replies: 3
Views: 173

SEP-IRA Transfer to HSA

I'm going to be eligible 12/2017 for a HDHP with an HSA. From what I've read and the comments on here, as long as I have 12 months of HDHP coverage in 2018, I can fully fund my HSA for 2017 with only a single month of coverage (since it's the last month of the year). I am about to open a Fidelity So...
by southerndoc
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Open/Transfer New HSA with Traditional Insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Open/Transfer New HSA with Traditional Insurance

I'm eligible because I'm joining a professional employer association (PEO). Unfortunately, as an independent contractor, it's about the only option I have to get an employer-sponsored health insurance plan. It's also the only option for non-Kaiser insurance since no other insurer is offering individ...
by southerndoc
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: HSA fees??
Replies: 12
Views: 965

Re: HSA fees??

I really wish Vanguard or Fidelity would offer them.
by southerndoc
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Open/Transfer New HSA with Traditional Insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Open/Transfer New HSA with Traditional Insurance

Am I also correct that if I start the HDHP 12/1 that I can contribute the full family contribution for 2017 as long as I keep the HDHP the entire year for 2018? (I can contribute the full family amount for both 2017 and 2018 if I keep the coverage from 12/1/2017-12/31/2018)
by southerndoc
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Open/Transfer New HSA with Traditional Insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Open/Transfer New HSA with Traditional Insurance

I previously had a high-deductible health plan, but currently have a PPO. I have an HSA that I have funded through all the years while I had a HDHP. I would like to transfer my current HSA from Bank of America to Health Equity, who the PEO I'm joining has an agreement with for lower fees. I will hav...
by southerndoc
Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deceptive Billing by Dermatologist?
Replies: 33
Views: 3906

Re: Deceptive Billing by Dermatologist?

Your post brings up an interesting situation, though....if something cosmetic (not covered) has complications and turns into something that then requires medical treatment...is it covered by insurance? I do not know the answer to that. I've never gotten a clear answer to this. As an ER physician, I...
by southerndoc
Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: new group-Georgia
Replies: 6
Views: 1509

Re: new group-Georgia

Kennesaw here
by southerndoc
Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question RE: 529 Plans - Georgia
Replies: 8
Views: 864

Re: Question RE: 529 Plans - Georgia

Why am I under the impression that you can only claim one $2k deduction per year (i.e., not per account)?

I didn't realize you could open accounts for yourself.
by southerndoc
Fri May 08, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 427
Views: 62202

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

Love the new forum upgrade.

Can we look into implementing:

Mark forums read option from the quick links menu? Would help to mark the forum read on the last page of new posts instead of needing to go back to the index page.

Quick reply option below each message?
by southerndoc
Fri May 08, 2015 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA Bank of America?
Replies: 6
Views: 1448

Re: HSA Bank of America?

I use BofA's HSA and like it. My insurer (BC/BS) signed me up for a BenefitWallet HSA and the fees were too much. The banking portion wasn't high ($2 cheaper/month than BofA), but there was an investment fee as well. BofA has some Vanguard funds available (limited). There's no separate fee for inves...
by southerndoc
Tue Apr 21, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: T922 "Review of Unreported Income" on 2010 Transcript
Replies: 1
Views: 1045

T922 "Review of Unreported Income" on 2010 Transcript

I signed up for a login to the IRS website to get my tax transcripts to see if they have received all funds for 2014. (Also because I accidentally characterized an electronic payment as a payment with return instead of extension.) I went ahead and pulled all years available to print them out. My 201...
by southerndoc
Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paid Tax Extension Payment as Tax Due - Problems?
Replies: 1
Views: 353

Paid Tax Extension Payment as Tax Due - Problems?

I filled out the 4868 form for a tax extension online using TurboTax. I usually make my extension payments with my Delta SkyMiles credit card just to maintain the MQM's for elite status (yes, I know about the charge fees, but in the long run it pays off from free upgrades, quicker lines, priority su...
by southerndoc
Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bank of America/Merrill Edge - Preferred Rewards
Replies: 382
Views: 72980

Re: Bank of America/Merrill Edge - Preferred Rewards

no fee cash rewards VISA that pays 3.5% on groceries and 5.25% on gas (up to $1500 per quarter) and no fee travel cash rewards that pays 2.675% on all other purchases (applied as a credit towards any purchases of travel type expenses of my choice going back 12 months and forward indefinitely.) Plus...
by southerndoc
Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Savannah
Replies: 28
Views: 4623

Re: Savannah

I lived in Savannah for 2 years. Elizabeth on 37th is an absolute must, but it can be difficult to get reservations. It's expensive, but worth it for a great dining experience. Mrs. Wilkes is also a great place for lunch. The line starts early, so get there early or you may not be seated. By early I...
by southerndoc
Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I upgrade my Quickbooks for Mac?
Replies: 3
Views: 578

Re: Should I upgrade my Quickbooks for Mac?

I use the online version. You can download Mac versions that link with your online account. It's included with your subscription to QuickBooks Online. I prefer it (with the Mac app installed on my laptop and desktop). This allows me to access QBO basically anywhere I have web access and even on my i...
by southerndoc
Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Availability of X-Files Episodes on Netflix
Replies: 7
Views: 986

Re: Availability of X-Files Episodes on Netflix

I recall they didn't renew their agreement with one of the production studios. Perhaps that is one of them.
by southerndoc
Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spouse Contribution to Solo 401(k)
Replies: 19
Views: 4051

Spouse Contribution to Solo 401(k)

I just found out that when I open a solo 401(k), my wife has the potential to contribute to it. I've tried to find information on this but can't: I'm assuming that she can only contribute if she is working for me and being paid? Or can I contribute on her behalf even though she is not working (she i...
by southerndoc
Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:17 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: No Vanguard Admiral Funds; go with Fidelity for 50+ Years?
Replies: 29
Views: 2919

Re: No Vanguard Admiral Funds; go with Fidelity for 50+ Year

You can't have a SEP and an Individual 401(k) active at the same time. I know this affects contributions, but not sure what effect it has on rollovers. You should be able to move the funds into a Rollover IRA though. By active, do you mean that you can't contribute to both a SEP and individual 401k...
by southerndoc
Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: No Vanguard Admiral Funds; go with Fidelity for 50+ Years?
Replies: 29
Views: 2919

Re: No Vanguard Admiral Funds; go with Fidelity for 50+ Year

You can't have a SEP and an Individual 401(k) active at the same time. I know this affects contributions, but not sure what effect it has on rollovers. You should be able to move the funds into a Rollover IRA though. It still baffles my mind that Vanguard doesn't offer admiral class funds in its Ind...
by southerndoc
Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: iOS Time Tracking App Compatible with QuickBooks Mac
Replies: 0
Views: 169

iOS Time Tracking App Compatible with QuickBooks Mac

I'm doing consulting work now, and I would like the ability to open an iOS app, click a start button and end button when finished, and the app keep track of the billable time spent. Ideally I would like this to sync with QuickBooks Mac to allow me to print/email invoices. Does anyone have any experi...
by southerndoc
Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changing Banks is a Royal PITA
Replies: 11
Views: 2109

Re: Changing Banks is a Royal PITA

In the process of changing banks now. The PITA was setting up debits, payment accounts with credit cards, etc. I'm leaving a balance in my old account for 3 months and then closing it.
by southerndoc
Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: BoA Merrill Edge SEP/Individual 401(k)
Replies: 4
Views: 785

Re: BoA Merrill Edge SEP/Individual 401(k)

Why have you chosen to put all of your eggs in a megabank??????? If you find you can invest there with low fees, I'd look again as you have probably missed something. I'd go directly to Vanguard- and maybe a bank for basic checking. I use an internet bank myself for no hassle checking, no fees, and...
by southerndoc
Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: BoA Merrill Edge SEP/Individual 401(k)
Replies: 4
Views: 785

BoA Merrill Edge SEP/Individual 401(k)

I recently switched my business and personal checking to Bank of America. I was looking at possibly moving my Roth and SEP there as well to consolidate everything into one login. However, I will only do this if I can get low cost mutual funds. Does anyone have any experience with retirement accounts...
by southerndoc
Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Self-employed 401K Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1065

Re: Self-employed 401K Question

I was thinking of opening a Fidelity account. Now I'm having second thoughts.

So basically you can't fund either employEE or employER contributions via ACH online? I would like to pull both out of my business checking account.
by southerndoc
Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: County Occupational Tax
Replies: 1
Views: 330

County Occupational Tax

I'm trying to figure out if I need an occupational tax certificate from my county for consulting work. I work as an emergency physician as an independent contractor. I do not believe an occupation tax is required for that. I also do work as an independent contractor for various consulting jobs (prim...
by southerndoc
Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Independent Contractor: Can I Deduct [my] Worker's Comp Ins?
Replies: 0
Views: 321

Independent Contractor: Can I Deduct [my] Worker's Comp Ins?

I'm an emergency physician that does some consulting work (primarily EMS medical direction). Because I routinely ride on the ambulance, fire engine, etc., I took out a worker's compensation policy to cover me in the event of an accident either on a fire engine, motor vehicle collision, or even in th...
by southerndoc
Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Recommend Solo Roth 401(k) Option?
Replies: 6
Views: 702

Recommend Solo Roth 401(k) Option?

I'm a physician who is in the top tax bracket. I currently have a SEP-IRA and max contributions annually. I was thinking of opening a Solo 401(k) with Fidelity, rolling the SEP into the 401(k) (would open with Vanguard, but Vanguard does not allow this), and then making backdoor Roth contributions a...
by southerndoc
Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Withdrawing Backdoor Conversions from Roth IRA
Replies: 33
Views: 5017

Re: Withdrawing Backdoor Conversions from Roth IRA

It was a conversion in 2010 that was taxed in 2011 and 2012 (due to the 2010 conversion allowing the one time split taxes).
by southerndoc
Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Withdrawing Backdoor Conversions from Roth IRA
Replies: 33
Views: 5017

Re: Withdrawing Backdoor Conversions from Roth IRA

What happens if you made a total of $15,000 in contributions from 2000-2008, made a conversion of $100,600 in 2010, and then in 2015 withdrew $100,000 while under age 59.5? How do you calculate what gains are from the $100k v. the $15k, and because you made contributions and the 5-year conversion ru...
by southerndoc
Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Very Basic Question on Roth IRA - Deadline?
Replies: 10
Views: 1057

Re: Very Basic Question on Roth IRA - Deadline?

For some reason I thought the IRA had to be open during the year for which it was funded.

So I could open my wife's IRA today, make a non-deductible spousal IRA contribution for TY2014, then do a Roth conversion on it? (Income limits prevent me from contributing to a Roth directly.)
by southerndoc
Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reliability of LED televisions?
Replies: 18
Views: 7536

Re: Reliability of LED televisions?

Just got rid of a Samsung 46" LED purchased in 2008. No problems whatsoever when I sold it off Craigslist. Only reason I got rid of it is we wanted a bigger screen (55", which is only an inch or two bigger than the 46" thanks to a smaller bezel). The screen was just as bright when I s...
by southerndoc
Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much umbrella insurance do I need?
Replies: 20
Views: 4418

Re: How much umbrella insurance do I need?

The difference in my $3 mil and $5 mil umbrella insurance policies was only $40/year. A no brainer for me to up to the max to protect future earnings as well as current assets.
by southerndoc
Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: multiple 401Ks
Replies: 6
Views: 903

Re: multiple 401Ks

I've read where individuals can maximize 401k's through employers and SEP's through their consulting work/self-employment.

Not sure how that applies to individuals who own their own corporation, but I would recommend speaking to your account and a retirement specialist.
by southerndoc
Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keurig-cup coffee makers - why?
Replies: 139
Views: 19981

Re: Keurig-cup coffee makers - why?

I use K cups because it's easier. Yes, it's more expensive, but so are a lot of other things in life that I use just for convenience.
by southerndoc
Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 529 Plans Reform
Replies: 24
Views: 1989

Re: 529 Plans Reform

Ugh. Just contributed $2,000 to my daughter's 529.

What's next? Taxing Roths?
by southerndoc
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Termination of SEP-IRA for Individual 401(k)
Replies: 19
Views: 2028

Re: Termination of SEP-IRA for Individual 401(k)

sOUTHERNDOC, Can I ask why you are in need of transferring the funds to another institution as an intermediate step? I was able to just transfer to another account at Vanguard. To eliminate the SEP for prorata reasons for backdoor Roth conversions. Vanguard doesn't allow SEP rollovers. Fidelity does.
by southerndoc
Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Termination of SEP-IRA for Individual 401(k)
Replies: 19
Views: 2028

Re: Termination of SEP-IRA for Individual 401(k)

I was looking through the application for Fidelity's Self-Employed 401(k). There is a notice in the application that if you use the prototype plan (which I believe is the easiest to set up), that you can't later establish another plan under the prototype plan. My plan is to set up at Fidelity, roll ...
by southerndoc
Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Termination of SEP-IRA for Individual 401(k)
Replies: 19
Views: 2028

Re: Termination of SEP-IRA for Individual 401(k)

I also dealt with this at Vanguard a few months ago. There are situations (don't ask me which combo's are allowed, please) where you can contribute to the SEP IRA in the same year as a qualified plan- you just have to decrease the qualified plan contribution by the appropriate amount. However, I wa...
by southerndoc
Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Long Do You Keep Tax Records?
Replies: 28
Views: 3909

How Long Do You Keep Tax Records?

Out of curiosity, how long do you keep tax records on average?
by southerndoc
Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spousal IRA and Immediate Roth Conversion
Replies: 11
Views: 1009

Re: Spousal IRA and Immediate Roth Conversion

m Another article on it with some further details. Basically this article implies it would be difficult to enforce since Congress specifically allows Roth conversions. This article suggests not doing the conversion immediately upon funding, but instead to let it sit for a few days to generate a trad...
by southerndoc
Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spousal IRA and Immediate Roth Conversion
Replies: 11
Views: 1009

Re: Spousal IRA and Immediate Roth Conversion

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/pro-ra ... 2013-05-03

Is anyone aware of this step transaction doctrine? If so, what period of time must one wait before converting the non-deductible IRA to a Roth?
by southerndoc
Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spousal IRA and Immediate Roth Conversion
Replies: 11
Views: 1009

Re: Spousal IRA and Immediate Roth Conversion

Just for clarification (and before I screw something up), my wife's Spousal IRA can make non-deductible contributions, convert to a Roth, and none of my SEP-IRA will be used for prorata calculations even though we file jointly? I think someone had mentioned that our IRA's are considered separate for...
by southerndoc
Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Termination of SEP-IRA for Individual 401(k)
Replies: 19
Views: 2028

Re: Termination of SEP-IRA for Individual 401(k)

This matches the information the Vanguard rep gave me when I opened an Individual 401(k) with Vanguard a few years back in addition to my existing SEP-IRA. While it's ok with the IRS to contribute to both within a year the Vanguard setup will only let you contribute to either one during a given tax...
by southerndoc
Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spousal IRA and Immediate Roth Conversion
Replies: 11
Views: 1009

Re: Spousal IRA and Immediate Roth Conversion

I don't qualify for direct Roth contribution. My wife has no income, but we're MFJ so I think the only way she can contribute is through a Spousal IRA option and then a backdoor Roth conversion (with the spousal IRA contribution being a non-deductible contribution). C8H18, the income restriction for...