With the recently enacted Secure Act, Congress decided that, starting in 2020, IRAs and other tax-favored retirement accounts are for retirement and not for passing wealth onto heirs. The act makes significant changes to IRA proceeds that are disbursed to trusts. IRA trusts are a staple of estate planning because they allow individuals to control how their money is distributed and used after their death and to reduce taxes. Talk to just about any wealth advisor and they will tell you the Secure Act turns IRA trust planning upside down and that if you own one, it needs immediate review. They are right. If you haven’t called your accountant, attorney or wealth advisor, put it on your to-do list.
This article was written with Paul Andrews and published by Barron’s. At the time of publication he was managing director for research, advocacy, and standards for CFA Institute. It was one of several articles we worked on with CFA Institute regarding market integrity and regulation.