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How are taxes handled on my MYGA accounts

How are taxes handled on my MYGA accounts, answered by a financial advisory firm in Warren Robins, Georgia.

RetireByDesign, a financial advisory firm in Warren Robins, Georgia says that navigating through the U.S. tax code can be an overwhelming task: what, when and how are the three questions that must be answered. Leslie Hammock, a fiduciary with RetireByDesignand Chapter President of AFEAsays the first question is typically “What is taxable?”. The short answer is anything that has not been taxed previously. When distributing from a non- qualified MYGA, the principal investment is not taxable because it was taxed prior to the original investment. He says that all of the gains on the investment however are taxable. For annuities issued after August 14, 1982, distribution is based upon the accounting practice of LIFO (last in, first out). Which means the first distributions will all be taxable until you reach the original deposit amount. Distributions are considered taxable income to the owner in the year of distribution at the owner’s personal income tax rate.

The owner of a non-qualified MYGA can continue deferring the taxable portion of their account indefinitely. A MYGA account is distributed to the beneficiary(ies) identified on the contract upon the owner’s death. He said, “The beneficiary(ies) are responsible for paying the taxes on their portion of the MYGA’s account value at their personal tax rate in the year of receipt”.

However, Leslie Hammock went on to say, if the original deposit is made from tax-deferred contributions or rollovers, all distributions (principal and gains) are taxable income in the year of receipt on Qualified IRA MYGAs. If distribution from the IRA MYGA has not begun by April 1 after the year the owner turned 70 ½, then Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) rules will apply to the IRA MYGA.

There is one exception to the taxable income rule, a Roth IRA MYGA. RetireByDesign, explained that in a Roth IRA, if the contributions or rollovers are deferred for five years and the owner is over age 59 ½, then the distributions are tax free. Roth IRAs are distributed based upon the accounting practice FIFO (first in, first out). The owner and/or spouse of a Roth IRA MYGA are not subjected to RMD rules. However, their non-spouse beneficiaries are.

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