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What Do I Need to Know About the SECURE Act?

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Q: What do I need to know about the SECURE Act?

A: The SECURE Act legislation, intended to facilitate and enhance retirement savings, went into effect January 1. Of particular note…

  • The minimum age of the required minimum distribution increased from 70 ½ to 72 – but you can still make a make a qualified charitable distribution at age 70 ½.
  • Non-spouse IRA beneficiaries are no longer eligible to receive stretch distributions throughout their lifetimes. Instead, IRAs and other qualified plans must be paid over a maximum term of 10 years.

Q. With the elimination of stretch IRA distributions, are there other options for providing an income stream for my children?

A. Your IRA is a perfect asset to fund a “give it twice” trust, which provides ongoing tax-efficient income to your children and allows you to support the important work of your favorite ministry.

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