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Death of a Spouse, Death of Dad

Over the past couple of months I have been tasked with the unfortunate responsibility of helping my mother sort through her financial affairs after the death of her spouse. My dad passed in March, and it has been a steady stream of questions, conference calls with her financial advisor and one important decision after another. Of course, this doesn’t even scratch the surface of the emotional stress and strain on the family.

Qualified Charitable Distributions & Spousal Beneficiaries: Today's Slott Report Mailbag

By Andy Ives, CFP®, AIF®
IRA Analyst
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Question:

I have a 401(k) that I'd like to use a portion for a QCD. I understand that QCD's have to be from an IRA. Can I move a portion to an IRA for the QCD? How will this affect my RMD from my 401(k)? Federal tax implications? Thank you!

Answer:

Spouse as IRA Beneficiary

When a married IRA owner dies, the surviving spouse is oftentimes the beneficiary. Of course, there are instances where a trust might be named as IRA beneficiary, or the children or a charity or someone else is listed. Regardless, typically it is the spouse, and how that spouse treats the inherited IRA dollars is important. While at first glance this appears to be a simple decision, there are multiple variables and options to consider.

FIRST-YEAR RMDS AND IRA SURVIVING SPOUSE OPTIONS – TODAY’S SLOTT REPORT MAILBAG

Question: I am retired and turned 72 in September, 2021, so I must begin required beginning distributions (RMDs) by April, 2022. I have traditional and Roth IRAs as well as a defined contribution plan with a former employer. I understand I must withdraw my RMD before withdrawing an amount for anything else (e.g., Roth conversion) from both my traditional IRA and my defined contribution plan. But is that requirement limited to withdrawals within each type of plan (IRA and defined contribution)?

This Week's Q&A Mailbag: Roth IRA Contributions and Distributions

This week's Q&A Mailbag answers reader questions on Roth IRA contributions and distributions.

The Rules and Strategies When You Inherit an IRA From Your Spouse: This Week’s Q&A

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into RMDs and spousal IRA beneficiaries.

Options for a Spouse Beneficiary – Remain a Beneficiary or Retitle to Your Own Account?

Warning! The options described here are for spouse beneficiaries named on the beneficiary forms of IRA accounts. Non-spouse beneficiaries and spouses who inherit through an estate have a different sets of rules.

Don’t Inherit a Mess When Your Spouse Passes Away: This Week’s Q&A

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into inherited IRAs, spousal rollovers, and 401(k)'s.

The 99% Rule for Spousal Beneficiaries of Retirement Accounts

It sounds funny to say, but death is a part of life for all of us. It’s one of the few things that all of us have in common at some point, and it’s one of the few issues that must be addressed in every plan. While every situation is unique and we all have our own goals and objectives, the overwhelming majority of married couples with IRAs and other similar accounts, such as 401(k)s and 403(b)s, name their spouse as their primary beneficiary as part of their estate plans. As such, knowing the rules for when a spouse inherits an IRA is critical for just about every married couple.

The 10-Year Married Mark Provides These Social Security Benefits

Divorce is often an expensive endeavor, but sometimes there are steps you can take to minimize that pain. Take Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, for instance. This couple just hit the 10-year marriage mark, which brings these new retirement implications into play.

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