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The Death of Percentage Allocation Rules For IRA Payments to a Non-Marital Trust

Revised Section 409 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act creates a seismic shift in fiduciary accounting.

Among a trustee’s duties, properly allocating receipts between principal and income ranks near the top. Payment from an individual retirement account to a trust illustrates this point. The allocation impacts the amount of the IRA’s income the trustee must count as income of the trust and, per its terms, distribute to a current income beneficiary. Will all, a portion or none of the income earned inside the IRA become income of the trust and then pass down to this beneficiary?

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