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When you have an annuity, and it is inherited, you are taxed on the funds that you take out of the annuity, just like the annuity holder is taxed on distributions during their life
If you take all the funds out of the annuity, and pay income tax on that and leave your children a lump sum of money they will not owe income tax on it
I've heard of this thing called a step up in basis. So that the person inheriting gets the step up and doesn't need to pay the income taxes because there is no gain.
That's not on an annuity - that's on a capital asset such as stocks or real estate
do those assets need to be in a trust? If I take the money out of the annuity and by mutual funds and leave those mutual funds to my heirs does the step up apply?
The assets do not need to be in a trust. If you do take funds out of the annuity, then yes - if they inherit a mutual fund there would be no tax
that is good thanks. Does it matter which state the heirs live in?
No, it does not
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