“It’s money that’s already being taken out of your paycheck, so you never see it,” she said. “Why not direct it somewhere important to you?”
Assets from your individual retirement account, pension plan, profit sharing plan, stock bonus plan, 401(k) or 403(b) can constitute a large portion of your retirement portfolio.
However, any retirement plan assets you don’t use during your lifetime will be subject to income tax regardless of who your beneficiary is. If that person is not your spouse, your estate may also have to pay estate tax on those assets. In some cases, the combination of the two can mean that your heirs could receive as little as 30% of the entire value of your account.
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