Oct 24

Estate & Tax Planning for Your IRA

What "Uncle Sam" Doesn't Tell You Can Cost You

We have seen many individuals pay money for wills and trusts but fail to include their IRAs into a comprehensive estate plan. This oversight has cost them money in unnecessary taxes and even probate costs.  Our goal is to develop an estate and tax plan for you to minimize taxes and avoid probate costs with the money in your IRA.  Below, please find some common mistakes we have seen with IRAs and a planning point to help you avoid them.


  • Mistake: Naming a “spendthrift” person as the beneficiary who immediately withdraws all the monies in the IRA. 
    Planning Point: Name a Trust as your IRA or adopt the restrictions in a Trusteed IRA.


  • Mistake: Not stretching out payments of Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs).
    Planning Point: Establish separate shares for each beneficiary to maximize stretch payments of the RMD.


  • Mistake: Failing to name a beneficiary resulting in the IRA becoming subject to probate.
    Planning Point: Verify your designated beneficiary on each IRA, and make changes upon life-changing events.


  • Mistake: Failure to take the Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) upon reaching age 70 ½.
    Planning Point: If you have multiple IRAs, contact each IRA Trustee upon reaching age 70 to determine the RMD.


For a complimentary analysis on estate and tax planning for your IRA, feel free to contact us to arrange a meeting. It will take less than an hour, and it could disinherit Uncle Sam and probate attorneys — probably a goal most people hold.


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