Depending on the amount of the assets and your overall level of wealth, the impact of receiving an inheritance can range from a minor change in your tax liability to a major change in your lifestyle.
The benefits of annuities are often overshadowed by their negative qualities—especially their notoriously high expenses and illiquidity.
While annuities make sense for some, they are not the best choice for everyone.
If you've recently been sold an annuity that you now realize just doesn't make sense for you, you may be able to get out of it unscathed by exercising your "free look" provision.
This is a kick-the-tires grace period in which you can terminate the policy and get your money back without paying a surrender charge.
If you are already itemizing, this is not significant.
However, if you were not planning to itemize, make sure that the total amount of your itemized deductions is greater than your standard deduction.If you are one of these IRA inheritors, it’s good to know these rules to avoid having to pay substantially higher income taxes, and, ultimately, to keep more of your inheritance.To simplify the decision-making process, I outline the pros and cons of two potential choices — either selling the assets and taking a lump sum withdrawal, or keeping the account invested.For the community spouse this is generally an easy task.He or she can purchase a tax-qualified Medicaid Compliant Annuity.Only in very rare situations can you deduct losses in your Roth IRA account.