Stress doesn’t help us make smart financial decisions. I think it’s fair to say when we are inheriting money it’s often a busy, hectic and stressful time in our lives. Here are a few mistakes you want to avoid if you inherit an IRA or other retirement accounts from a loved one. Don’t let these five mistakes destroy your loved one’s legacy.
Some retirement account mistakes can be fixed. On the other hand, if you make a mistake with an inherited IRA, it will be an extremely expensive lesson to learn. Likely, there will be no way to correct these mistakes or take the sting out of the sky-high cost from the tax man. Mistakes like these are most likely to happen when an IRA owner passes away and leaves his or her IRA to someone other than a spouse or a non-profit organization. In cases like these, we are talking about beneficiaries like a child, grandchild, sibling or just someone they really liked.
Let’s look at some of the most common, non-spouse IRA beneficiary errors.
- Ineligible Inherited IRA Rollovers
- Stretch IRA mistakes
- Not Titling the New Accounts Properly
- Contributing to an Inherited IRA
- Forgetting to Take Required Minimum Distribution