Things You Need To Know About Your Inherited IRA

A significant percentage of IRA assets will ultimately go to non-spouse beneficiaries. When these beneficiaries inherit the funds, special rules kick in. You need to know these rules to avoid making a costly mistake.

Here is what you need to know if you inherited an IRA from someone who is not your spouse:

  1. Consider all your options before doing anything with your inherited IRA - If you inherit an IRA, you need to move cautiously. You have time to make decisions, so don’t rush.
  2. You cannot contribute to your inherited IRA - If you already have your own IRA, you cannot add those funds to the Inherited IRA or vice versa.
  3. You can transfer your inherited IRA - Be sure to move the account by direct transfer.
  4. You may be able to do a Qualified Charitable Distribution.
  5. You cannot convert your inherited IRA to a Roth IRA.
  6. You will be subject to Required Minimum Distributions.
  7. Your distributions may be taxable, but there will be no 10% early distribution penalty.
  8. You should name a successor beneficiary - When you inherit an IRA, it makes sense to name a beneficiary.

If you have an inherited IRA, you need to read this article to be fully informed about your options and restrictions.

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