Author Topic: International funds in IRA, tax-efficiency  (Read 2060 times)

pdxvandal

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International funds in IRA, tax-efficiency
« on: January 04, 2014, 11:52:11 PM »
I understand there is greater tax-efficiency with international funds in taxable accounts.

I have a decent-sized chunk, roughly 25k, in a Vanguard international fund in my tax-deferred IRA. What are my options with this fund? Is it wise to move some of the international allocation in my tax-deferred IRA to more tax-friendly funds? Or best to leave it alone?

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Re: International funds in IRA, tax-efficiency
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2014, 09:18:19 AM »
Here is a link to a longish writeup on the boggle wiki about fund placement and taxes:

http://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Principles_of_tax-efficient_fund_placement

I think the short answer is you can better take advantage of the foreign tax credit by changing your allocation to place (*) foreign funds in a taxable account. This would mean selling the foreign funds in tax advantaged accounts and replacing them with domestic indexes.

(*) Certain kinds of funds will not qualify for the tax credit.