Submitted By: Arnold
Answered: November 12, 2013 8:30 am

My wife, age 82, died this year. Is a required minimum distribution (RMD) still necessary?

The IRS says: “For the year of the account owner’s death, use the RMD the account owner would have received. For the year following the owner’s death, the RMD will depend on the identity of the designated beneficiary.” If you are the designated beneficiary, as a surviving spouse you can choose to roll over the account to your own and figure RMDs for your own account.

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Health savings account

For calendar year 2007, taxpayers covered by an HDHP may contribute up to the lesser of the annual deductible or $2,850 ($5,650 for family coverage).

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