Losing a loved one is never easy and grieving is a unique process for everyone. When you are ready, we can help you understand what to do with inherited assets and any important tax planning considerations.
When you lose a spouse, partner, or parent, the grief can be overwhelming. In the midst of that grief, life goes on. There are arrangements to be made, things to be taken care of – and in recognition of this reality, here is a checklist that you may find useful at such a time.
Our first priority is helping you take care of yourself and your family. Here's a situation that may be similar to yours:
Vikram's father passed away recently and his mother had passed a few years earlier. After he worked with a lawyer to settle the estate, Vikram has now received an inherited IRA from his dad worth $1 million and $400,000 from the sale of his dad's house. Due to the SECURE Act of 2019, he needs to withdrawal all of the funds in the inherited IRA within 10 years of his father's passing.
This will require careful planning to decide when the taxable inherited IRA withdrawals are made, because Kumar is planning to continue working for the next 5-10 years. He must also decide how to invest the house sale proceeds in a tax-efficient manner while maintaining liquidity to pay for some upcoming withdrawals for his kids' college expenses.
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