The Ultimate Retirement and Estate Plan for Your Million-Dollar IRA


The Ultimate Retirement and Estate Plan
for Your Million-Dollar IRA



This book will show you how the new law that I am calling the Death of the Stretch IRA will work, and more importantly, show you the best strategies to dramatically reduce the impact of these devastating changes. Your book will be shipped within 10 to 14 business days.


On September 21, 2016, the Senate Committee on Finance voted 26-0 to effectively kill the stretch IRA . The ax has fallen and retirement and estate planning for individuals with large IRAs will never be the same.

Though nothing is 100% certain, the chances of this vote becoming law is very high because the Finance Committee gave it unanimous bipartisan support. What the proposed law says is that if you die on or after December 31, 2016 and leave your IRA to your children or grandchildren (or anyone other than your spouse), your beneficiary will, with some possible exceptions, be required to pay income tax on the inherited IRA within five years of your death. This change is in sharp contrast to the current law that allows your beneficiary to stretch the Required Minimum Distributions from an inherited IRA over their lifetime, and continue benefitting from its tax-deferred growth. Not only will the proposed new law accelerate income taxes, but if the inherited IRA is large enough, the accelerated distributions are likely to be taxed at a very high income tax rate.

For the last several years, James Lange, a best-selling author in the IRA and retirement plan world, has known this day would come. Though references to the death of the stretch IRA have rarely been found in literature, Jim kept insisting this day was coming. He wrote two peer-reviewed articles that were published in the January and February 2016 editions of Trusts and Estates Magazine, and has given talks about it for the last several years. Most recently, he was asked to make a presentation about the death of the stretch IRA to an audience of 400 estate attorneys and other professionals at the prestigious Retirement and Estate Planning Forum in San Diego. His message has been to prepare IRA owners and their advisors on the coming change and more importantly, what they should do about it right now.

The Ultimate Retirement and Estate Plan for Your Million Dollar IRA was written to let IRA owners know about the proposed change to the law. It has a detailed explanation of the current law and compares it to the proposition that Congress is voting on right now. More importantly, it provides an action plan for IRA owners that they can follow now and after the new law passes. It also distils the best classic advice from Jim s 402-page best-selling book Retire Secure!.

The book was written and went to press before the Committee vote on September 21, 2016. In general, the specifics of their proposition were remarkably similar to what Jim has outlined in this book. There is, however, one significant difference between what he anticipated the law would look like and the proposal that the Finance Committee passed unanimously and presented to Congress. Their proposition contains an exclusion of $450,000 (indexed for inflation) per IRA owner. This means that the non-spousal beneficiaries of an inherited IRA can still take advantage of the old stretch IRA laws for up to $450,000 of the account s value, but will be required to pay income taxes on any amounts over and above the $450,000 within five years of the original owner s death.

This exclusion opens up the door to additional planning techniques that are not covered in this book. The author wrote a special addendum to the book that is available at no cost and can be found at

This is a short book. If you would like a full explanation of all the recommendations and the reasoning behind them, please read the 402 page Retire Secure! and the addendum mentioned below.

The Ultimate Retirement and Estate Plan for Your Million Dollar IRA is an important book for all IRA owners, but it is critical for married IRA owners with an IRA or retirement plan valued at more than $450,000.