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The SECURE Act creates problems for IRA trusts, what problems should I be aware of if I have an IRA trust?

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Edward Mahaffy, MBA, CFP, ChFC
Before the SECURE Act, language in an IRA trust might restrict access to the beneficiary to annual RMDs from the IRA. The intent was to stretch the payments to mitigate taxes however now the maximum stretch period is only ten years. This means there is no RMD due in years 1-9, but distributions must be taken by the end of year 10, after the death of the owner.  This may sense with a Roth, but it can penalize beneficiaries of traditional traditional IRAs who, although they get ten years of tax deferral, will be forced to take a large taxable distribution possibly resulting in higher taxes.

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