Professor Richard Kaplan has published "The Declining Appeal of Inherited Retirement Accounts" in the Virginia Tax Review. He also spoke to the Illinois News Bureau about the findings of the paper. In addition, as of February 5, 2023, the paper was #1 on SSRN's list of Top 5 Recent Tax Paper Downloads. The abstract follows:
As retirement accounts proliferate and grow in value, American retirees are increasingly leaving substantial balances in these accounts to their adult children, siblings, and other relatives. Until recently, these new owners were able to withdraw funds from these tax-favored accounts over their lifetimes as their personal circumstances dictated. But legislation enacted in late 2019 and regulations issued in February 2022 have sharply limited the flexibility that non-spousal beneficiaries now have regarding these assets. This article examines those changes, analyzes their impact on the new owners of inherited retirement accounts, and considers what planning strategies are now appropriate.
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