Tricky Divorce Issue: How to Divide 401(k)s, IRAs and Annuities

The tax implications can make these assets more complicated to split in a divorce settlement.

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Many things occupy your mind during a divorce. Understandably, taxes can likely fall to the bottom of the list. But there are critical tax considerations that should be evaluated, particularly when it comes to dividing qualified assets, such as 401(k)s, IRAs and annuities.

Dividing 401(k)s and Pensions

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Steven Wittenberg, JD, MBA, LLM in Tax
Director of Legacy Planning, SEI Private Wealth Management

Steven B. Wittenberg, JD/MBA/LLM, is Director of Legacy Planning for SEI Private Wealth Management, a business unit of SEI Private Wealth Management that provides private wealth management solutions, serving high-net-worth individuals and families.