How to Split Retirement Accounts as Part of a Divorce Settlement

1 Credits: Taxes


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How to Split Retirement Accounts as Part of a Divorce Settlement

Course Level
CPE Credits

1 Credits: Taxes

Course Description

According to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, about 40 percent of marriages end in divorce. For many of these individuals, IRAs are included in their divorce settlement agreement.

The spouse who receives an IRA as part of a divorce settlement agreement is responsible for paying any income tax due on the amount. To ensue that this requirement is properly applied, the applicable provisions in the Tax Code must be adhered to.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • To learn how to protect clients from unintended consequences when giving up retirement accounts under a divorce settlement agreement;
  • To identify transactions that are affected by splitting a retirement account under a divorce settlement;
  • To know the documentation requirements that must be provided to IRA custodians and plan trustees;
  • To know how to properly split IRA assets that are awarded under a divorce settlement agreement;
  • To understanding how divorce affects a former spouse’s IRA; and
  • To identify tax planning opportunities for retirement assets awarded under a divorce settlement.
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Course Specifics

Course ID
Revision Date
October 13, 2022


Advanced Preparation


Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220
IRS Provider Number: 0MYXB
IRS Course Number: 0MYXB-T-02124-22-O
IRS Federal Tax Law Credits: 1
CTEC Provider Number: 2071
CTEC Course Number: 2071-CE-1815
CTEC Federal Tax Law Credits: 1

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Meet The Experts

Denise Appleby is CEO of Appleby Retirement Consulting Inc., a firm that provides IRA technical consultation, training and resources for financial, tax and legal professionals. Her primary focus is protecting retirement savings from costly mistakes. She has over 20 years of experience in the retirement plans field. Denise writes and publishes booklets and marketing tools for advisors. She has provided training to thousands of advisors about the rules and regulations, as well as compliance and operational requirements that apply to IRAs and retirement plans for small businesses. Denise co-authors books that include The Roth IRA Answer Book, The SEP, SIMPLE, …

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