One-third of U.S. households own at least one type of IRA, so chances are that you might inherit one in the future. If that happens, you'll need a plan—a plan that avoids common and sometimes costly mistakes. USA Today's article, "If you inherit an IRA, make a plan before doing a thing," lists 10 common inherited IRA mistakes:
- Failing to set up the inherited IRA properly;
- Using the incorrect Life Expectancy Tables—the Single Life Table must be used;
- Using the incorrect Life Expectancy factor—the life expectancy factor of the beneficiary in the current year must be used;
- Not taking the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) after death of the owner and in future years (result: a 50% penalty);
- Using the incorrect IRA balance for the RMD calculation—the value of the account as of December 31st of the prior year must be used to calculate the RMD (under-withdrawal means a 50% penalty);
- Not naming beneficiaries could mean acceleration of distribution for the inherited IRA beneficiary;
- Failing to make a trustee-to-trustee transfer in the establishment of an Inherited IRA—no 60-day rollover rule here;
- Including other non-inherited IRA funds to an inherited IRA;
- Not confirming that the RMD is taken out of account by December 31st each year; and
- Not establishing the inherited IRA before December 31st of the year following the death of the owner.
Reference: Reference: USA Today (March 15, 2016) "If you inherit an IRA, make a plan before doing a thing"