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Property Division Values, Part 1: Retirement Accounts

November 21, 2017

When dividing assets in divorce most people, individuals, mediators and attorneys alike, tend to focus on the property division spreadsheet.  Current values of assets are listed along with outstanding debt balances that are deemed to be marital.  Typically, above all else, the focus and end goal is to split property 50-50.  With so much emphasis on this spreadsheet that dictates the remainder of your financial future, is there anything missing that could dramatically skew the end results?


The old cliché of ‘nothing is certain in life except death and taxes’ rings loud and true in divorce, don’t ignore them.  As it applies to the property division worksheet, are taxes being considered?  How can evaluating taxes dramatically change the actual results down the road?  In this series, retirement accounts, non-retirement investments, home equity and rental property will be discussed.


Part 1 - Retirement Accounts

The reason most people sock money away in a retirement account is because it offers tax benefits.  Most of the time, the statement value is not the amount the individual receives because the value is before-tax.  If retirement assets are being used to offset home equity division or if there are current cash needs from retirement accounts that will trigger taxes, the after-tax values should be considered.  Consider chopping 15%-39% plus an additional 10% early withdrawal penalty away from the current value listed, and now it may only be worth a fraction of what appears on the spreadsheet.



Be sure to pay attention to Roth IRAs and Roth 401ks.  These accounts are a ‘horse of a different color’ in the retirement category because contributions are made on an after-tax basis.  If Roth assets are withdrawn after the age of 59 ½, the earnings are completely tax-free!  During retirement the value of a Roth does not go on Uncle Sam’s chopping block versus other retirement assets that are 100% taxable.  The earning potential of a Roth is also considerably more powerful because of this difference as well.  For example, if husband kept an $100,000 IRA and wife retained her $100,000 Roth IRA today, 10 years down the road during their retirement with no additional contributions, the accounts would each be worth $200,000 with a 7.2% annual return.  However, if the husband were to distribute his $200,000 he would have $140,000 (assuming he was in the 25% tax bracket plus state taxes) whereas the wife could distribute her Roth account and still have $200,000 – a big difference! 


Roth IRAs have more convenient features - any contributions made to a Roth IRA can be withdrawn at any time tax-free and penalty-free!  Therefore, if someone has current cash needs the actual value of a Roth IRA would be significantly more to them individually.