If you’ve inherited a traditional IRA from someone other than your spouse ‒ say, an elderly parent or grandparent ‒ you may be overwhelmed at first. But once you collect yourself, it’s important to review all your options, taking your personal circumstances into account.

Suppose you’ve just inherited a traditional IRA from your spouse. Before you take any action, make sure you fully understand all the options available to you. Otherwise, you may regret your initial impulses, especially if you haven’t benefited from professional guidance.

The tax code allows you to give away up to $14,000 each year to as many people as you want, without triggering gift tax. If you and your spouse "split" your gifts, you can double this $14,000 annual gift-tax exclusion and give $28,000 per recipient.

Once your business incurs costs that can't be recovered, those costs become irrelevant to subsequent business decisions. Such expenditures, known as sunk costs, can include money paid, time spent, or resources used that are no longer retrievable.

Municipal bonds - often called "munis" for short - can be an attractive investment option.