A surviving spouse who is the sole beneficiary of the balance remaining in their deceased spouse's traditional IRA may leave the account as it is, or roll over the decedent's IRA into their own IRA, or elect to treat the IRA as their own for all purposes, including the rules of IRC §72(t) as to the imposition of a 10 percent penalty tax if the amount in the IRA is withdrawn before age 59-1/2.Whether a rollover to the surviving spouse's own IRA or an election to treat the deceased spouse's IRA as their own should be made depends mainly on the surviving spouse's age.

Survivor is at least 59-1/2

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