distribution of IRA in divorce

Divorce and Distribution of IRA and Retirement Accounts

Given the rate of divorce, it’s critical to address how your retirement assets get handled. The question is “does your spouse have an interest...
income in respect of decedent

Income in Respect of a Decedent (IRD)

Understanding the tax deductibility of income in respect of a decedent (IRD) is gaining significance as the baby boomer generation reaches retirement. Many parents...
ira trust

Trusts as Beneficiary of IRA

Can a trust be the beneficiary of an IRA? Even though there are no tax benefits, there may be circumstances when you want to name...
no beneficiary

No Beneficiary

Suppose that the owner of an IRA or company plan dies before his or her RBD without naming a designated beneficiary? The beneficiaries must then...

What is the Estate Tax?

The estate tax is a tax on accumulated wealth. So if you die and you are considered wealthy (by the estate tax rules then...
disclaimer

Disclaimer

When people set up beneficiaries for their IRAs, they don’t know what the future holds. Assume a simple situation where the the IRA owner...
ira creditor protection

Creditors and Bankruptcy and Your IRA

When you hold retirement money in a qualified plan, those assets are protected by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). This is a...
inherit IRA

You Inherit an IRA, What Do You Do?

Here are the steps, and we’ll discuss them in order of priority: Separate your portion from other IRA beneficiaries. Retitle the IRA. Name a beneficiary. Move it to...
titling

Titling of Inherited IRAs

Given that you’re reading this book and you may not be a CPA or financial advisor, it indicates that you have a strange reading...
spousal

Spousal Advantages

When it comes to the spouse inheriting the IRA, the spouse gets special flexibility. (This should make you feel good that you’ll be dead...