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A widow with my husband`s 401k rolled into my IRA , I have been advised to
withddraw $$ needed for my monthly expenses from the ira as that $$ would be heavily
taxed at my death . I am 60. Will any profits earned in the remaining ira assets continue
to be non taxable as they are now (in this self directed )account after I have begun to
withdrdaw those needed $$?

The money in the IRA will continue to earn on a tax deferred basis after you start your withdrawls.

Your advice to spend down the IRA from a tax standpoint is good. You do not want to die with money in a regular IRA.
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