Tax Warrior Chronicles

The SECURE Act - Significant Changes for IRAs and 401(k)s – Part II

Posted on Fri, Jan 03, 2020

By: Beth Gaasbeck, CPA, MBA and Robert N. Polans, CPA, MT, PFS

 

Welcome to Part II of our two-part blog discussing the SECURE Act and its impact on retirement and estate planning.  The Act was signed by the President on December 20, 2019, and is effective as of January 1, 2020. Today’s focus is on the not-so-good parts of the Act.

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Advantages of Naming Spouse as Sole Beneficiary of IRAs

Posted on Tue, Nov 04, 2014

All named beneficiaries of a decedent's IRA can receive a distribution from the decedent's IRAs. However, a surviving spouse who is the designated sole beneficiary of the decedent's IRA has two unique options that are not available to other beneficiaries. The surviving spouse may: (1) roll over the decedent's IRA into an IRA established in the spouse's own name ("spousal rollover"), or (2) elect to treat the decedent's IRA as the surviving spouse's own IRA ("election").  The surviving spouse is treated as if she had funded the IRA with either of these options.

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