Does Potential IRS Change Have an Impact on Estate Plan?

Does Potential IRS Change Have an Impact on Estate Plan
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The IRS is weighing a change that could leave your heirs poorer than you might hope.

The new federal regulation would require many people who inherit money through traditional IRAs, as well as 401(k)s, 403(b)s, and eligible 457(b)s, to withdraw funds from the accounts every year over ten years, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Money Talks News’ recent article, “How an IRS Change Could Hurt Your Heirs,” says that the change would apply to most beneficiaries other than spouses and those who inherited money after 2019.

Children 21 and older, grandchildren, and most others who get money from an affected account would have to follow the new regulations or rules.

The proposed change would require beneficiaries to take minimum taxable withdrawals every year for ten years from their inheritance in situations where the original account owner died on or after April 1 of the year of their 72nd birthday.

These withdrawals, technically known as required minimum distributions (RMDs), must deplete the account within ten years.

Heirs would pay a penalty of 50% on any RMD amounts they didn’t withdraw according to the schedule defined by the new IRS rules.

The proposed change has the potential to leave your heirs less wealthy. The reason is that the money you bequeath to heirs would have less time to grow in tax-advantaged accounts before your heirs are forced to withdraw it.

Over time, this can make a big difference in how much money they accumulate from the initial amount you leave them.

The proposed rules are designed to clarify changes resulting from the federal Secure Act of 2019.

If the IRS moves forward with the changes, the new rules will add to the growing number of reasons why it makes sense for some people to consider putting money into a Roth IRA instead of a traditional IRA.

With a Roth IRA, the account owner pays taxes upfront. As a result, heirs won’t owe any taxes on the money they inherit. Therefore, the new rules wouldn’t apply to Roth IRAs.

Reference: Money Talks News (May 13, 2022) “How an IRS Change Could Hurt Your Heirs”