In working with my retired or soon-to-be retired clients, perhaps the most frequent question I am asked is “What is the best way to withdraw from my investment and retirement accounts in retirement in order to provide me my desired retirement income?” I believe they ask me this question because many of them have investments in a mix of different accounts with varying tax characteristics such as taxable investment accounts, IRAs, 401k or retirement plan accounts, Roth IRAs, and possibly real estate investments such as rental property. In addition to that, they may also have retirement income coming in from multiple sources and at different times such as Social Security income, pension income, and deferred compensation. If you are interested in increasing what you can spend in retirement and reducing the impact taxes have on your retirement nest egg, it is important to have a multi-year retirement income plan that takes into account the impact taxes will have on both your retirement income sources, and the withdrawals you take from your different investment and retirement accounts.
For many people, a time will come when a parent, spouse, sibling or other beloved family member passes away and they will inherit IRA assets. Because the rules regarding inherited IRAs are not simple, mistakes are often made with inherited IRAs, whether they are inherited by spouses, children or others. In our experience in working with married couples, most of them name their spouse as the primary beneficiary of their IRA or other retirement accounts like their 401(k) or 403(b). Therefore, it is important for married couples to know how to apply the rules when a spouse inherits an IRA.
Often, tax-qualified retirement accounts such as IRAs make up a significant part of one’s estate. Naming beneficiaries of an IRA can be an important part of an estate plan. One option is designating a trust as the IRA beneficiary.
Most of us spend considerable time planning the financial side of retirement but we often give the most important part of the next phase of life short shrift. Finding meaningful purpose, however you define it, is what makes retirement satisfying and fulfilling. At Atlanta Financial, we have found that it’s your other IRA – your “Individual Retirement Attitude” – that makes the difference in this next stage of life.
A recent survey of baby boomers (ages 53 to 69) found that just 24% were confident they would have enough money to last throughout retirement. Forty-five percent had no retirement savings at all, and of those who did have savings, 42% had saved less than $100,000.
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