The IRS recently issued proposed regulations regarding the treatment of tax-deferred retirement accounts after the SECURE Act of 2019.
Here are 2 highlights relevant to estate planning:
Another note: these are proposed regulations, not final. The final regulations may differ from the proposed regulations.
The FDIC recently approved a rule to change how it calculates the amount of insurance is available for bank accounts held in trusts. Effective 4/1/2024, a trust account will be insured up to $250,000 per beneficiary, not to exceed five, regardless whether the trust is revocable or irrevocable or how the trust allocates inheritance among beneficiaries.
For example, a joint living trust for a married couple with 2 children might qualify for up to $1,000,000 of FDIC deposit insurance. But a joint living trust for a married couple with 5 children would only qualify up to $1,250,000.
The new rule is intended to simplify the calculation of an insurance pay-out in the event of a bank failure, which I do believe it accomplishes.
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Thomas J. Bouman