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am M.D. Anderson, a nationally known and published inherited IRA financial
consultant in Chandler, Arizona. My firm does Inherited IRA
consulting and estate related tax consulting for clients in Arizona as well as
throughout the United States. (And for U.S. citizens living in foreign
This is my 37th year of providing multiple
financial services to my clientele.
People who meet with me live or via
SKYPE or FACETIME, hire me on the spot when an IRA problem exists. I've been called
"saver of money", "financial angel", even "an answer to prayer" over the years in my client
work. (I am sure my IRA clients' former advisors
names for me would not be publishable without
Believe me, I am none of that -- just a smart guy who knows
more than your current advisors about Inherited and Self-Directed IRAs, and how
they relate to living trusts and the tax code. You should know I am
with some of America's top legal and tax advisors -- also experts and well versed
on Inherited IRAs.
With my advisory team assembled, I
can take on the largest IRA cases out there and in almost every case,
money from instant or short term taxation.
(Noting that first... we rescue
you from bad advice)
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(DON'T WORRY! We take consulting
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as low as $50,000)
I practice in 5
separate financial disciplines:
Estate Tax preparation and
Inherited IRA consulting. (Most States)
document preparation (Arizona) and
paralegal to an International law firm.
licensed Realtor and IRA/Estate consultant inTempe, Arizona.
4. Insurance Brokerage Firm:
Life-health-annuity insurance sales and consulting in
Arizona and Iowa, and other states from time to time.
consulting and sales of investment real estate (Arizona and by
referral nationwide), precious metals in coins and bullion
It's true. My current occupations along with being a former
Mortgage Officer and former Securities and Registered Investment
Advisor Representative, gives me a
360 view that few advisors
can give in your situation. (and
causes about 60+ hours of
continued education school to attend each year)
Professional help available right now to avoid needless taxation of your Inherited IRA
"I have helped save my clients countless millions of dollars from needless
taxation due to bad advisors and bad advice on inherited IRA
M.D. Anderson, AZCLDP, Accountant, Realtor
To date, since starting my Inherited IRA
consulting division way
back in 1998 --
I have helped save my clients countless millions of dollars from
needless taxation due to bad advisors and bad advice on
inherited IRA accounts.
Sadly, the bad advisors were many times formerly admired and
trusted by your deceased
parent or loved one. Your guard can easily be down if a large
account is left to you and you are given advice by some of these
folks who mean well -- but don't really have a clue just how
difficult it is to discern the proper steps to preserve IRA
money after death so it doesn't get instantly taxed. Or, taxed
on a much faster schedule due to mistakes, misdeeds, or advisory
malpractice that frankly, I see on every inherited IRA case I work on now.
Whatever you do, avoid these mistakes on your
THESE ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST MISTAKES I SEE ON INHERITED IRA
First, many financial advisors will tell you lump sum taxation is necessary
upon the death of an IRA owner,
when in fact -- most times it is not. But the human element of
grieving, or just the stress of estate management can leave
vulnerable. You may not know the right questions to ask before
signing paperwork that is not in your best interest. That
inherited IRA paperwork, which is most often "wrong" when first sent out, can tax the
Second, custodians sometimes tell large IRA
beneficiaries that they will need to just stay on the same
Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) schedule with their
inherited IRA, as the now deceased IRA owner was on. That makes for a real easy succession of keeping the money under
management or "in house". But, in almost
every case, it isn't true!
That means instead of resetting mortality "age" to YOUR
birth date - if you are younger, you will have to draw money out
and tax it faster than what the IRS requires.
Believe it or not, we find numerous cases where the death
benefit hasn't been paid and the inherited IRA client had died years
before. A recent case was with a west coast client on retainer
with our firm. Seems Metropolitan Life's best job of consulting
after the father in this case died was to tell the sole
beneficiary of the inherited IRA that he had five (5) years to
start drawing money. This is complete
malpractice as ANY good inherited IRA consultant knows once
RMD's start - the five year rule dies too and is never
Thirdly, you have to get a handle on the currently allowed
concept of stretching an inherited IRA out as far as possible. RMD's run
2-6% depending on the beneficiaries age when an Inherited IRA is
created. Now, as long as you can earn more than that each year,
there is no depletion but instead - increases in the capital
values of the account. So, if you are married, you can stretch
out payments for your lifetime. Then, your spouse if he or she
survives can draw out payments for their lifetime by doing a
spousal rollover, thus never creating the "inherited IRA"
registration which means you can add years to the stretch period
by doing a spousal rollover. Then upon your spouse's demise, your children
can draw out payments for their lifetime. Even your grandkids can continue a
parents payout in a properly set up Stretch IRA account.
Keeping your Inherited
IRA going for generations makes a lot of sense! Don't
count on getting it set up properly from your current advisors or your parent's former
advisors. After all these years, the odds are not in your
(Hey, you found me so things are looking up for you!)
Lastly, my specialty of inherited
IRA consulting is an area few can get right -- but especially if an IRA is
left to a trust. Fixing trust situations that are listed
as the primary beneficiary of large
accounts (or by default, end up as named
beneficiary) is where I really shine. When a trust is listed
-- things can go wrong --
fast. Assuming it is an IRS "qualified" trust,
you won't be able to
use your own age...unless you are the only beneficiary.
You see, multiple sub-trusts are required in the actual instrument to leave IRA
money "per beneficiary", otherwise
ALL Required Minimum Distributions (RMD's) will be based on the
age of the "oldest"
beneficiary listed. (Pray it's not your 85 year old Uncle...)
Knowing how to deal with an inherited
IRA payable to a living trust (conduit or otherwise) requires
professional help. You have about a 1% chance to get it right without
Please, don't even try without first giving me a ring or e-mail to let me know
The trust needs to be a "conduit" trust to be
most effective as a recipient of IRA death claim proceeds. And,
it must be deemed "see through" by passing 4 distinct IRS
rules -- all to reset the age basis for those IRS required
withdrawals you must start taking the year after the year of the
death. Many trusts reviewed after death, (post mortem), are
found (sometimes too late) to not be
set up properly. Therefore, the hoped for
desired by the Inherited IRA owner is easily lost in real practice.
Inherited IRA's payable to a trust on larger accounts is the
norm from most legal advisors and trust creators. Getting it right with the correct
wording, well that's another story. You can read more about some client
cases with faulty trusts in our Wall
of Shame website page!
This recent inherited IRA case shows the cost of delay:
Millions of future "stretch" values...
example of bad misfortune happened this past summer, 2012. The client
retained me as his Inherited IRA consultant late in 2011 after
his mother passed away. Due to a grueling work schedule, the
client delayed the decision making process on a substantial
Inherited IRA account left to him. Initially, the trusted
insurance agent holding the funds reported the account
beneficiary was her living trust. He was wrong...
Sadly, the 9 month disclaimer period
expired from the date of death and when I demanded copies of the
last recorded beneficiary form, the client got the phone call
you DON'T WANT! It was too late to disclaim a bad beneficiary
designation on this inherited IRA annuity. A
half million dollar IRA annuity was forced to be payable to the estate!
No, it's not exactly
Inherited IRA Hell, but it isn't Heaven either. The 43 year
stretch got skinned down to 13.1 years, the money had to go through a
west coast state probate process and the legal fees alone got "high" on a
needless probate caused by a financial advisor's failure it appears to send in a
signed beneficiary form naming her trust as the primary beneficiary. The agent is guilty of a malpractice event for
giving false information that was trusted and relied on.
And, the Inherited IRA stretch or super-stretch projections are no longer
But, the story isn't
over. The living trust was the contingent beneficiary. A
beneficiary form assumed signed by the mother before her death
appears to have never been recorded that would have named
her living trust as primary beneficiary. The trust "Schedule A"
asset sheets notes a check off mark telling us it was most likely signed
and given to the agent.
The trust would have qualified as a "See Through" trust per IRS rules.
Now, for your legal
experts, the plot thickens. Every good trust portfolio has
a "Pour Over" Will. And, of course EVERY asset left to the
estate or found in the estate at death needs to be retitled as a
trust asset after death per the P.O.W declarations by the
Testator/Trix. Since the admittance of that Pour Over
Will in the western state probate court has now taken place,
this beat up and bruised Inherited IRA has to be stuck back into
the Living Trust for the duration of the 13.1 years of RMD
payments! Questions to whether this is possible or that the
funds can be stretched at all are yet to be determined.
Keeping a trust open
for years, just so it can pay out Inherited IRA RMD's to a very
astute son as the sole heir was another mistake and one I
clearly stated when interviewed for an April 14th, 2012
Wall Street Journal article:
(Inherited IRAs: a Sweet Deal)
Lawyers please think
through what you draft when you so easily suggest a large IRA
be left to a trust. And consider the consequence of a large IRA left to an
estate and how the Pour Over Will by law, forces it into the trust after death. Most of these
estate plans I
see after death are full of Trouble with a capital T!
So, yes, in my west coast example, to
conclude, the large
Inherited IRA funds may yet find their way to the trust since the court supervised probate
has recently ended. And because of the
"gauntlet" they have to travel through, there is a chance the funds will
get taxed after probate as the case is compounded by
circumstance rarely found in my Inherited IRA consulting work.
Suffice it to say that the mother's intentions are no longer possible and
problems caused by bad advisors has and will cost greatly for
this client before it all ends.
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ACCOUNTS GONE WILD
I've had too many calls
from heirs already in Inherited IRA HELL!
Seek Counsel at the Outset
An inherited IRA article I was interviewed in, that published
in 2012 on
"Eight Pitfalls to Avoid With an Inherited
correctly quoted what you must understand at the onset --
"Seek Counsel at the Outset". No better advice could have
been spoken by reporter Sheyna Steiner. Especially if you are an
owner or beneficiary of a larger Inherited IRA account that you would like
to stretch the years out as far as possible before the bulk of
the money actually gets taxed.
Some of my past clients have penned that the "M.D." in
my name stands for "M.D. Hammer". I always maintain a professional
attitude but occasionally I have to "get tough" for a client's
behalf, while serving their best interests in the Inherited IRA
arena. One thing is for sure... I never back down when large
financial firms try to intimidate me. (I have never lost an
argument since they are always wrong and they eventually always
back down or yield)
is Dr. Saul S. Gefter, Esq,
Consultant at Saul Stuart Gefter, International Juridical
Consultant, BSBA and Juris Doctor, LLM
co-consultant on all
cases, as well as remains available for legal
consulting on any legal
issue that comes up. (I've had my share of cases needing
legal advisory on estate matters that become common with
inherited IRA clients under retainer with my firm)
His long and distinguished career
in U.S. government employ and now in private practice is simply remarkable. His
acomplishments are outstanding and his knowledge level is superior. I am privileged to have such a strong partner to
assist me and to be able to offer to you, two advisors for one
How To Retain Us
Our firm's minimum starter retainer fee to engage
inherited IRA consulting services bills at just $ 225 per hour
and we do not double bill. (Two advisors for one hourly rate) Starting retainers are for a minimum
of 1.5 hours that totals a starting fee due of $ 337.50. Electronic debit/credit payments or
paper checks are accepted. (Ask for more details when you
or E-mail us or call us at
1-800-782-2806. If living outside of the United
States, please Skype with me, using my Skype account name of
Together, we can talk the tax or legal talk (I do the tax talk
and he does the legal talking) with you or your current
advisors. We can help them
malpractice by employing our services before you die and
providing education and guidance in our respective areas
regarding any of your future inherited IRA accounts.
If you are reading this after losing a loved one, you have our
joint and profound sympathies. We each fully understand just
how devastating and overwhelming the estate settlement process
can be, when placed on top of the grieving process. If you are
also an inherited IRA beneficiary, we understand that "deer in the headlights"
feeling you may now have. So, we suggest you get some
professional help. Saul and I have over 80 years of combined tax,
legal and real estate experience in our separate professional services
we offer to clients nationwide, as well ex-patriots in foreign
Our consulting fee is combined and we don't each separately
bill. Frankly, we couldn't charge even a fraction --
as to what the cost of a needless big tax or legal mistake could
cost you in your situation, if things go horribly wrong.
Keep that in mind when you seriously
consider who your ally is going to be in the journey to keep
your newly inherited IRA funds away from immediate taxation from
AN EXAMPLE: If you are attempting a
self-directed IRA with
your inherited IRA money, did
anyone yet explain how a simple mistake not caught in the same year it
happened -- could cost you a
from the IRS? (The custodian legally is charged the penalty, but
every custodian is held harmless when you employ them, so the
wrong person/company/plan could take your entire IRA!)
That could surely become an IRA HELL!
In closing, If you are looking for
intelligence and experience,
at a reasonable fee structure, hire us!
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