Which qualified accounts can I use to purchase a QLAC?

The Qualified Longevity Annuity Contract (QLAC) must be purchased using qualified pre-tax retirement savings. The result of a July 2014 amendment to the Tax Code, the QLAC was designed to provide relief from required minimum distributions (RMDs) applicable to these pre-tax accounts starting at age 70½. It is thus only available in accounts subject to the RMD rules.

A QLAC can be purchased with funds from the following pre-tax savings accounts:

  • All IRA accounts except Roth
  • 401(k) plans
  • 403(b) plans
  • 457(b) plans

A QLAC cannot be purchased with funds from any non-qualified post-tax accounts or:

  • Roth IRA accounts
  • Defined Benefit plans

While QLACs are specifically designed to convert pre-tax retirement savings into lifetime income, other options exist for post-tax savings. Single Premium Immediate Annuities (SPIAs) and Deferred Income Annuities (DIAs) can both be purchased with any type of pre- or post-tax savings.

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Head to the QLAC Guide to learn more about the product, how it works, and whether it makes sense for your retirement.