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Inherited IRA Options That Are Easy to Understand

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Inherited IRA Options

Inherited IRAs can be handled in a few different ways, depending on the beneficiaries relationship to the deceased IRA account holder. There are three types of beneficiaries: spouse, non-spouse or non-person beneficiary. Spouse is pretty self-explanatory. A non-spouse would be anyone other than a spouse and a non-person beneficiary would be a family trust, estate, charity, etc.

If you are a spouse beneficiary, you will have the following options:

  • Treat IRA as your own
  • Five-year rule (must take out the entire balance of IRA within five years)
  • Single life expectancy (take funds out over your life expectancy based on the IRS life expectancy table)
  • Distribute as lump sum

If you are a non-spouse beneficiary, you will have the following options:

  • Five-year rule benificiary,
  • Single life expectancy
  • Distribute as lump sum

For non-person beneficiaries, they will have the following option:

Five-year rule