Say Goodbye To Stretch IRAs And Get A New Plan

If you previously planned to enable your IRA beneficiaries — this does not include your spouse — to inherit your IRA and stretch out distributions over their lifetime, your plan for minimizing the tax impact to your heirs is likely to become obsolete on January 1, 2020.

To be clear, if you die after 2019 and your children are your IRA beneficiaries, you'll need to rethink your plan for minimizing their tax payments. The new law will require your IRA to be distributed by your heirs over 10 years instead of their actuarial life expectancy.

Exceptions are carved out in the new law for the disabled and minors as well as surviving spouses. However, the new tax bill will make it wise for more individuals to convert to a Roth IRA and employ other tax planning strategies that require individual advice to minimize your taxes in passing IRA accounts to the next generation.

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This article was written by a professional financial journalist for Meg Green & Associates. and is not intended as legal or investment advice.

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