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Inherited IRA

Inherited IRAs are specifically designed for retirement plan beneficiaries—those who have inherited an IRA or workplace savings plan, such as a 401(k).

Fidelity realizes that inheriting assets may be stressful. We recommend calling a Fidelity Inheritor Services specialist at 800-544-0003 to help guide you through the process, in addition to consulting your attorney or tax advisor.

If you are the spouse of the deceased account holder, you are eligible to move the assets into your own IRA at Fidelity. Call us for more information or learn about your choices when inheriting an IRA.

Account details


Any earnings grow federal income tax-deferred or tax-free.

Fidelity minimum
to open

None; transfer any inherited amount.

Minimum required
distributions (MRDs)1

Vary by a number of factors, including your relationship to the deceased.

May be based on your age or the deceased’s age at the time of death. Penalties may occur for missed MRDs. Most are required to begin by December 31 of the year following the date of death.

Any MRDs due for the original owner must be taken by their deadlines to avoid penalties.

Other withdrawals

No tax penalties on withdrawals at any age. Withdrawals may not be rolled back into the inherited account.

Certain decisions must be made within 9 months of the date of death and by December 31 of the year following the date of death.

Account benefits

Unique advantage
for inheritors

Provides the opportunity to continue the tax-advantaged growth of an inherited retirement account.

Investment options

A wide range of mutual funds, stocks, bonds, ETFs, and FDIC-insured CDs

Support and guidance

Inheritor Services specialists to help you through the transfer process

Ongoing, one-on-one guidance—in person, online, or over the phone

Research and tools to help you create a long-term plan and choose investments


Account opening and annual maintenance fees


*There is no cost to open and no annual fee for Fidelity's Traditional, Roth, SEP, and Rollover IRAs. A $50 account close out fee may apply. Underlying fund expenses, including low balance and short term trading fees still apply. There may also be fees and expenses associated with transacting or holding specific investments.

Trading fees2

$7.95 for online U.S. equity trades

Next steps

Open an account or call a Fidelity Inheritor Services specialist at 800-544-0003.

Learn about your choices when inheriting an IRA and how to transfer the assets.


Call an Inheritor Services specialist.

ETFs are subject to market fluctuation and the risks of their underlying investments. ETFs are subject to management fees and other expenses. Unlike mutual funds, ETF shares are bought and sold at market price, which may be higher or lower than their NAV, and are not individually redeemed from the fund.

The tax information contained herein is general in nature, is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal or tax advice. Fidelity does not provide tax advice. Always consult with an attorney or tax professional regarding your specific legal or tax situation.
1. After you reach age 70½, the IRS generally requires you to withdraw an MRD annually from your own  tax-advantaged retirement accounts (excluding Roth IRAs during the lifetime of the original owner). MRDs are generally required for inherited retirement assets and depend on many factors and may be required to begin for the year after the year of death of the original owner.
2. $7.95 commission applies to online U.S. equity trades in a Fidelity account with a minimum opening balance of $2,500 for Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC retail clients. Sell orders are subject to an activity assessment fee (of between $0.01 to $0.03 per $1000 of principal). Other conditions may apply. See Fidelity.com/commissions for details.

Open an account

Choose a Traditional or Roth IRA, according to the type of IRA you have inherited:

Open an Inherited IRA

Open an Inherited Roth IRA