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2017 News

05/01/2017: Social Security OASI Depletion in 2035

The Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees estimates that Social Security's Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund has a projected reserve depletion date of 2035. At that time, OASI income would be sufficient to pay 77 percent of scheduled OASI benefits. Since this is fact, until Congress changes the law, ORP reduces Social Security income by 23% beginning in the year 2035.

03/19/2017: Tax Table Update

ORP is now running with the 2017 Federeal tax table.

03/13/2017: New Infrastructure

Beginning the process of switching ORP from 1990 WATCOM compilers, c and FORTRAN, to 2016 Netbeans and gnu.

03/06/2017: Enhance the 3-PEAT Simulator

Add the facility to download an Excel spreadsheet containing a summary of the simulator's output.

02/26/2017: Add the 3-PEAT Simulator

he simulator simulates the actions of a retiree that runs ORP annually with changed initial conditions (savings balance, Social Security income, etc.) to determine the current year's savings withdrawals and spending budget. Historical data are used to assess plan performance under historical financial conditions. In particular, the plan is reviewed for premature savings depletion and excessive disposable income volatility.

2016 News

08/03/2016: Capping IRA to Roth IRA Conversions

ORP's IRA to Roth conversion option has been enhanced for users who choke up on conversion's large IRA distributions early in retirement. The enhancement allows you to cap taxable income within your choice of tax brackets. Setting this parameter to 15% or 25% will cap conversions and usually string them out over more years.

The enhancement is targeted to planners who advocate this strategy to let them assess the economic consequences of their choices. It's all a matter of balancing the maximizing of retirement disposable income with being comfortable with IRA distributions (not quantifiable).

6/13/2016: Affordable Care Act Income Test Tightened

Models which contain non-savings income (Social Security benefits, pension income, post retirement earnings, etc.) after retirement and before Medicare are infeasible when this income exceeds ACA income limits. ORP now checks for this condition and disables ACA income limits when they are exceeded by this non-savings income.

4/4/2016: Affordable Care Act Constraint Relaxed

ORP now allows for modeling ACA income restrictions while specifying minimum bounds on the Roth IRA and After-tax accounts. Formerly this was disallowed because it was creating infeasible models in most cases. This was accomplished by not applying the minimum bound requirement until age 65, when the ACA income restrictions no longer apply.

3/23/2016: Income Tax Table

ORP's Income tax brackets have been updated to reflect changes for 2016.

2/25/2016: ORP's Third Article

A third article featuring ORP has been published in The Journal of Personal Finance:

Measuring the Financial Consequences of IRA to Roth IRA Conversions. See page 47

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