Category Archives: Estate
What is a QLAC (Qualifying Longevity Annuity Contract)? A QLAC is a type of fixed income annuity that has special attributes and is held in a retirement account. 1. RMD (required minimum distribution) exclusion. The fair market value of your QLAC is excluded from your RMD calcuations. What’s the benefit?
What is a disclaimer? A disclaimer is a formal refusal of an inheritance (or part of an inheritance) by a beneficiary. By creating a “path” for disclaimed assets to follow, a skilled planner can provide a beneficiary with the option to pass assets to alternate beneficiaries. 1. Make sure you name contingent beneficiaries. Naming a contingent beneficiary directly on the beneficiary form is good practice and a pivotal part of most disclaimer planning.
Can IRAs be used to benefit a charity? IRAs can be a great source of funds to provide a benefit for a favorite charity, but using these funds can create a number of traps that must be voided in order to maximize benefits to both the charity and other IRA beneficiaries Name the charity directly on your beneficiary form.
When do multiple beneficiaries exist? Multiple beneficiaries exist when an individual names more than one beneficiary for their IRA. When should you name more than one beneficiary? When you want your IRA assets to go to more than one person or entity without having to incur additional fees or paperwork by maintaining separate accounts for each beneficiary. 1. Due date for designated beneficiaries.
How can I avoid making costly mistakes when I inherit an IRA from a person who was not my spouse? Inheriting an IRA can be a financial windfall, but it’s important to understand the complex, specific rules that apply to non-spouse IRA beneficiaries to avoid critical errors. 1. At first, don’t do anything! Especially, don’t take a distribution from the IRA. Doing so without proper planning may forfeit years of potential tax-favored investment returns.
Who is a spouse beneficiary? A spouse beneficiary must be married to the account owner at the time of the account owner’s death, and he or she must be named on the beneficiary form (or inherit directly through the document default provisions). A spouse beneficiary has a number of unique options. 1. Split the inherited account if necessary.