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IRAs and qualified plans have somewhat different rules regarding bankruptcy and creditor protection.


Spouse? Non-spouse? Non-person? All can be named as IRA beneficiaries; however, tax treatment can vary.

Estate Tax

Like all assets, IRAs must be considered part of the estate plan. But to whom the account is left can make a significant difference.

IRA versus Qualified Plan Beneficiary Rules

Are there different rules when it comes to naming an IRA beneficiary versus a qualified plan beneficiary?

Naming a Trust

Why would an IRA account owner want to name a trust or non-person as their beneficiary?

Net Unrealized Appreciation

When appreciated company stock is a portion of a retirement plan distribution, recipients may benefit by transferring the shares to a brokerage account while rolling the non-stock assets to an IRA. A special provision known as net unrealized appreciation (NUA) allows a plan participant to potentially take advantage of lower tax rates.

Penalty-Free Withdrawals

Not all pre-59½ IRA distributions are subject to a 10% penalty. There are a number of exceptions. We describe each of the exceptions here.



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