On May 4, NACBA filed an amicus brief in the consolidated cases of Rameker v. Clark, No. 12-1241 and, Adili v. Clark, No. 12-1255 (7th Cir.) on the issue of whether a debtor may exempt an inherited IRA under section 522(b)(3)(C). NACBA has been actively involved in the successful presentation of this issue in courts around the country, arguing that the plain language of the Bankruptcy Code and the Internal Revenue Code militates in favor of recognizing the exemption. The Bankruptcy Code exempts from the debtor’s estate “retirement funds to the extent that those fund are in a fund or account that is exempt from taxation under section 401, 403, 408, 408A, 414, 457, or 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.” Section 408(e) of the IRC provides that any IRA, including one that is inherited from a non-spouses, is exempt from taxation.
Recently, debtors obtained favorable outcomes on this issue in the Fifth Circuit, In re Chilton, No. 11-40377 (5th Cir., March 12, 2012) (exemption under section 522(d)(12)), and the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit, In re Hamlin, No. 11-1083 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. February 21, 2012). NACBA has also filed an amicus brief on this issue in the Bankruptcy Court District of Massachussetts. In re Seeling, No. 11-30957 (Bankr. D. Mass.)
Tags: Exemptions, Inherited IRAs