charities as IRA Beneficiaries

What About Charities as IRA Beneficiaries?

You may think that it’s a nice thing to leave some of your unused retirement funds to charity when you go. Generally, this a...
estate planning

Why It’s Not Only Those Over 70½ Who Are at Risk

Retirees of any age with large IRAs must understand that their IRAs can be hit with estate and income taxes when they die. And...
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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...
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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...
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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...

IRAs—The Missing Link in Many Seniors’ Estate Plans

According to the IRS, 43 million people have $2.7 trillion in retirement accounts. Most of this money will become IRA rollovers, and the dollars...
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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...
spouse beneficiary

If You’re a Spouse Beneficiary

The spouse has more options than a non-spouse beneficiary. Here are the four options: You can rollover the deceased’s IRA to your own. This is...
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IRA Asset Wills

Funds in your IRAs pass outside of your will and are distributed according to beneficiary-designation forms that you fill out when you open the...