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Subject:  Re: beneficiaries Date:  2/3/2010  10:30 AM
Author:  YewGuise Number:  108875 of 129380

...No one pays income tax at the time they inherit an IRA, only when distributions are taken. Surviving spouses have some additional flexibility in choosing the timing of distributions...

Thanks for the correction.

So, back to the OP's question of whether it makes a difference for income tax purposes whether spouse or children inherit IRA's, the answer is: not much.
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