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Stretch IRA: More Info

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Below are links to some resources for your benefit.

IRS Publication 590

RMD Uniform Lifetime Table


Provides tax-efficient wealth transfer

  • The law requires that once you reach age 70½, you must withdraw a required amount from your traditional IRA each year (RMD). When you choose to withdraw no more than those required distributions from your IRA and designate a younger beneficiary, you can extend the life of your IRA.
  • Under the new IRS regulations, if you have an individual designated beneficiary, your beneficiary will not be required to completely withdraw your IRA assets either within five years of your death or over your remaining life expectancy. When a younger beneficiary inherits an IRA, the remaining balance can be paid out over the younger person's single life expectancy, effectively stretching out the length of time that withdrawals can be taken from that IRA. This extends the period of tax-deferred earnings of assets within an IRA beyond the lifetime of the person who set up the IRA.
  • Payments to beneficiaries are paid out as income (RMD), which may not be subject to the 10% penalty tax even for a beneficiary under age 59½.

Retain control of the IRA

  • Most of the Stretch IRA planning is revocable until death. So, for example, if your financial situation changes and you need more income in retirement, you can take larger IRA distributions as needed. However, once you reach age 70½, you can't request a smaller amount than your required minimum distributions.
  • Similarly, if the beneficiary's situation changes after the death of the owner, he or she may take distributions exceeding the required minimum distributions.
  • You can change your beneficiary at any time until death. In most cases, such a change would not affect the amount of required minimum distributions during your lifetime.
  • It is important to know that you can only do a "Stretch IRA" if you have a willing custodian. If you do not know whether you have a "Stretch IRA" or not, you may want to consider a new advisor.