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What To Do With Your Newly Inherited IRA

Receiving an inheritance is a big deal, but how do you maximize your new asset and what should you do with it?

If you inherit an IRA from a spouse, you probably have the most flexibility because you can take it on as your own, or roll it over.

If you inherit an IRA as a designated beneficiary, you can transfer it into an inherited IRA and you’ll have ten years to take all your distributions. Or you can open an inherited IRA in your name and take required minimum distributions over your expected lifetime if you’re chronically ill, disabled, or no more than ten years younger than your loved one.

When you Inherit a Roth IRA, you shouldn’t owe taxes as they were paid before the money was deposited into the account. The exception to this rule is if the original owner’s account wasn’t open for at least 5 years before they passed.

Keep in mind that when inheriting a traditional, SIMPLE, rollover, or SEP IRAs, you’ll have to pay income taxes on whatever amounts you withdraw.

Knowing the effect of each decision can help you choose the option that works best for you. I’m sure most of us can.

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