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The Importance Of Selecting A Retirement Plan Beneficiary

The Importance Of Selecting A Retirement Plan Beneficiary

| January 03, 2024

Do you have a retirement plan? You probably do. In fact, you may even have more than one.1

While retirement plans are commonplace, many plan participants have a hard time answering a common question: who should they designate as the account beneficiary?

Who have you chosen to inherit those funds? Can you imagine what would happen if the money in your retirement plan went to someone from whom you were estranged? Or if your heirs found out that you never named a beneficiary in the first place?

This occurs more often than you might think – and a little attention to detail today may help to prevent surprise or disappointment later.

When was the last time you looked at your beneficiary forms? Decades may have passed since you opened your retirement plan. Back then, you presumably filled out a form stating who you wanted those assets to go to if you pass away. Even factoring in the hunt for a beneficiary’s Social Security number, it might have taken you all of ten minutes to complete.

In that moment, you may have made one of your biggest estate planning decisions. You need to make sure your decision is still the right one.

It is vital to make sure that your retirement plan funds will go to whom you wish in the case of your passing.

1. Once you reach age 73, you must begin taking required minimum distributions from your 401(k) or other defined-contribution plans in most circumstances. Withdrawals from your 401(k) or other defined-contribution plans taxes as ordinary income and, if taken before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty.

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