How to Use a Roth IRA for Estate Planning

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Paul Sundin, CPA

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Parents should think seriously about protecting their family through creative estate planning. While life insurance and mutual funds should be part of every plan, Roth IRA can be an elegant tool to be used to form a party that can be transferred to their property, their children to a tax-free base.

First, we give a glance at the Roth IRA. The disadvantage of starting a Roth IRA is that contributions do not reduce the tax base is not in the first place, as with traditional liquid or 401 (k) s.the advantage of a Roth IRA, however, is that all distributions are not taxed when the person reaches 59 years and a half. As with a Roth IRA, can they work on assets transferred to their children?

The fundamental goal of estate planning is to spend as rich as possible, not to his family in a too controllable. Parents may be able to relatively small amounts of money to transfer their children if treated with advantage now a secure future for tomorrow.
For example, if parents with a child under 16 and a Roth IRA can help you and your child $ 4,000 in 2007 if they earn at least $ 4,000. $ 4000 is expected to grow tax-free 43Year and worth more than $ 240,000 with a compound return of 10%. Y withdraw after 59 1 / 2 is exempt from federal income tax.

There are other advantages to open a Roth IRA for your child.
As parents, it is important that you win your child’s value of goods and the importance of immediately above or fun “stuff” for the future. How to open a Roth IRA offers another chance to sit down and teach their children the value of savings and investments. Of course, if you walk the path with your Roth IRA, 401k, and other pension advice should get a good reception.

A parent has the same layout with three children. Suppose we have a part-time, which puts them at 10% of their gross income on your Roth IRA. Parents would be at $ 3 for every $ 1 that the child has contributed to a Roth IRA. He added, for example, if the child earns $ 2,500 $ 250 into your IRA and parents put in $750 for an amount of $1,000.

Before you rush to open a Roth IRA for your child, you must determine if your child is eligible to open a Roth IRA. To open a Roth IRA, your son or daughter, at least a little ‘working time for an employer that reports their wages to the IRS. You rent your child to mow the lawn every week, no court, nor that these strategies for its five years. Unless, of course, she works as a model child. Very few young people, however, and were part-time jobs must be satisfactory to the IRS rules. To avoid problems, you should always consult your tax advisor.

Another problem is the length of your child. Note that the Roth IRA will be opened in your name. Your son or daughter will have the right to do whatever they want with the account. We strongly recommend that parents carefully explain the reasons for the funds prematurely from his Roth IRA, but the choice is final with them. How difficult it is to try to be objective in evaluating how your child is reacting to sit the knowledge of the fund to an account. If you have problems, you probably should consider the investment strategies of other taxes.

The opening and the search for a Roth IRA for your children can transfer a very positive for them and teach them important life lessons if your child exercises restraint and keep his father’s relatively small contribution to their RothIRA contributions and then change their life savings.

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