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My condolences to the OP. Terrible start to the new year; the only silver lining being that he has all of 2019 (or at least until mid-April) to get tax answers, so no need to rush at this point.

The main thing that IS taxable is an IRA or other retirement plan. A Roth IRA would retain its tax-free nature, but will have required minimum distributions once inherited. For these retirement accounts, the taxable amount is the amount withdrawn from the plan, not the value of the account.

Peter, OK if I re-write as:

The main thing that IS taxable is an IRA or other retirement plan. For these retirement accounts, the taxable amount is the amount withdrawn from the plan, not the value of the account. A Roth IRA would retain its tax-free nature, but will have required minimum distributions once inherited.

because for a Roth IRA, the amount withdrawn is not taxable, correct?
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