Inherited IRA FAQs
Anyone (a spouse, non-spouse, or entity) who has inherited the assets of an IRA or employer-sponsored retirement plan is eligible to open an Inherited IRA. Eligible IRAs include Traditional, Rollover, SEP, SIMPLE, and Roth IRAs.
Yes. You can transfer the existing IRA into your name and defer distributions until you are required to take the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). If you plan to take a distribution before you reach age 59½, you can open an Inherited IRA. Consult your tax advisor for more details.
No. Only spousal beneficiaries can treat Inherited IRA assets as their own.
No. As a non-spouse beneficiary, you cannot leave the assets in the original account holder's IRA and continue distributions from that account. You can either transfer the assets into an Inherited IRA or take a lump-sum distribution.
No. Contributions to Inherited IRAs are not permitted.
Yes, unless you are a spouse beneficiary. Non-spouse Inherited IRA owners are subject to Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs), and the options available to you will depend on your situation. Consult your tax advisor for more details.
Yes. If you open an Inherited IRA, certain rules determine when you must take distributions. These rules are based on the type of IRA inherited, the age of the original account holder at his or her death, and the type of Inherited IRA opened. Consult your tax advisor for more details.
This tax information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax, legal, or investment planning advice. Where specific advice is necessary or appropriate, Schwab recommends that you consult with a qualified tax advisor, CPA, financial planner, or investment manager.