My recently deceased spouse's IRA has been rolled over into mine. Does the cost basis change for me?

By Denise Appleby AAA
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The basis attributed to IRA assets that you inherited remains the same. Since you are a spouse beneficiary and you elect to treat the assets as your own by transferring them to your own IRA, the basis is now treated as if you made the non-deductible contribution. Going forward, you should file Form 8606 to determine the taxable portion of distributions you receive from any of your Traditional IRAs. If you also made non-deductible contributions to your IRA, the basis from the inherited assets should be combined with your basis.



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