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Can I just cash out an inherited IRA?

Can I just cash out an inherited IRA?

If you inherit a traditional IRA, you can cash out the account at any age — even before you reach age 59½ — without having to pay a 10% early-withdrawal penalty. But you will have to pay taxes on the money in the account (except for any nondeductible contributions).

When can you withdraw money from an inherited IRA?

For most other individuals, withdrawals from the Inherited IRA can be made in any amount at any time. The key point: The beneficiary has 10 years (to the end of the calendar year) following the original account owner’s death to withdraw all assets from the Inherited IRA.

What happens when you cash in an inherited IRA?

Advisors report that inherited IRA recipients too often cash in their IRA prematurely, losing tax benefits that could have been theirs if they had only waited a little longer to reflect carefully. The tax benefits disappear forever once you distribute cash from an inherited IRA, with the distribution amount being characterized as taxable income.

What does it mean to take a lump sum from an inherited IRA?

A lump-sum distribution is the withdrawal of the entire balance of an inherited traditional IRA or employer-sponsored retirement plan account in one tax year. It is this one-tax-year time frame, not the number of distributions, that determines a lump-sum distribution.

When to roll over an inherited IRA into your own IRA?

Under the inherited IRA rules, spouses can choose to roll the assets over into their own IRAs so that they will not have to begin taking required minimum distributions before they reach age 70 1/2, which might help them to avoid being pushed into a higher tax bracket and being forced to pay more tax on an inherited IRA.

When do you start paying taxes on an inherited IRA?

There are no taxes on inherited Roth IRA distributions. However, you must begin taking distributions from the account starting by Dec. 31 of the year that follows the death of the account owner.

Advisors report that inherited IRA recipients too often cash in their IRA prematurely, losing tax benefits that could have been theirs if they had only waited a little longer to reflect carefully. The tax benefits disappear forever once you distribute cash from an inherited IRA, with the distribution amount being characterized as taxable income.

Under the inherited IRA rules, spouses can choose to roll the assets over into their own IRAs so that they will not have to begin taking required minimum distributions before they reach age 70 1/2, which might help them to avoid being pushed into a higher tax bracket and being forced to pay more tax on an inherited IRA.

What should I do if I inherited an IRA from my father?

The first thing you have to do is open an inherited IRA in the name of the original account holder for your benefit. Just like the original account holder—in this case, your father—you won’t be taxed on the assets until you take a distribution, so your tax hit is spread out. Again, there’s no 10 percent penalty.

What happens to an IRA if a non spouse inherits it?

For retirement accounts inherited by a non-spouse before 2020, the proceeds can be distributed over your lifetime (often referred to as “stretch IRAs”). Taking mandatory withdrawals over time can ease your tax burden, but the process is a bit more complicated than taking a lump sum.