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Don’t make the mistake of leaving your grandchildren with a tax bill instead of an inheritance

Dont make the mistake of leaving your grandchildren with a tax bill instead of an inheritance

Posted By Lineweaver Financial Group
July 13, 2023 Category: Finance, Tax, Inheritance, Trust, 529, IRA

For older Americans, leaving retirement savings to their grandchildren without also leaving them a big tax bill is becoming harder under new rules that took effect in 2020.  Previously, heirs other than spouses had decades to draw down inherited retirement accounts. After the rules change, now they must do it within 10 years.  To maximize their family’s after-tax wealth, grandparents are changing their estate plans and creating new trusts. The timing change also has grandparents making a series of Roth conversions or big generation-skipping lifetime gifts. These choices make sense with the amount of money and taxes that are at play. According to the Investment Company Institute, Americans held $12.5 trillion in IRAs as of March 31, 2023 and 52% of households headed by someone 65 or older have one.    By choosing to leave a Roth IRA, you avoid some of the problems of the accelerated tax hit from an inherited traditional IRA since those can cause a big tax bill, especially if distributions fall during the heir’s highest earning years. Minor grandchildren may also need to file a tax return to report the IRA payouts, and the income could be taxed at the parents’ rate.  However, because of the 10-year payout period, there is a risk that your heirs will spend the money quickly.  Other options to consider when planning your legacy is to start making lifetime gifts to grandchildren as soon as they are born. That can look like pay

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