As the child boomers retire, they are the very first generation that will retire with big IRA accounts. When the boomers do their estate planning, among the considerations in such planning is who to name the recipient of the large IRA account. One factor to consider for such a choice is certainly to try to lessen the tax concern on their estates.

As released in the Naperville Sun – January 22, 2008
Most boomers do not understand that the money that they have conserved in their staff member benefit accounts or Individual Retirement Account accounts are subject to income taxes by the recipient, in addition to estate taxes on the account upon the death of the IRA owner. If both the estate of the Individual Retirement Account holder and the recipient of the balance of the account remain in the maximum tax brackets for federal estate taxes and earnings taxes, the staff member advantage account or IRA account might be taxed approximately 85 percent of the total value of that account.

One alternative is to leave the IRA (or separate the Individual Retirement Account into numerous IRA accounts and leave one of the IRA accounts) straight to charity upon the death of the IRA holder. Under the current tax law, the estate ought to be entitled to a charitable tax deduction for the quantity in the account.
In order to minimize or defer income tax and secure an IRA account from lenders after the owner’s death, the very best thing to do may be to leave the account to a trust. Considering that so many beneficiaries are targets of prospective lenders from stopped working marital relationships to failed organisations to unpaid lender concerns, the IRA owner might well wish to secure the recipient from the loss of the IRA account to these creditors by leaving this Individual Retirement Account to a trust.

With regard to reducing or additional postponing income taxes on the account, the key is that an Individual Retirement Account trust need to be structured such that the needed circulations are extended in time, enabling a beneficiary to defer earnings taxes. The objective needs to be to spread out the distributions over the life span of the youngest beneficiary, which ought to enable for the longest deferral time. The IRA owner can designate either a channel trust or a build-up trust as the “designated recipient” of the IRA account. A conduit trust automatically qualifies as a designated recipient under the Internal Revenue Service safe harbor arrangements. If you have a recipient who has a betting addiction or existing recognized creditors, a conduit trust might not be appropriate to safeguard the beneficiary. Instead, your choice may be a build-up trust, in which case you need to discover a lawyer who knows the guidelines, i.e. the trust should be valid under state law, be irreversible upon death, have recognizable beneficiaries and be offered to the plan administrator by Oct. 31 following the year of death.
The greatest problem is the recipient being identifiable. If any beneficiary of a build-up trust is a charity, the trust can not extend out the distributions with time, as the Internal Revenue Service deems that charities do not have a life expectancy. If the named beneficiary holds a power of visit under the trust, the trust also fails to certify. It is more most likely to have an accumulation trust qualify if the Individual Retirement Account is left to a standalone build-up trust which becomes irreversible at the owner’s death, preferably a trust for one recipient.