Payout Phase

Definition of "Payout phase"

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Period when the accumulated assets in an annuity are returned to the annuitant. An annuity may be purchased either with a single payment or with many payments over the life of the contract. At some point, usually upon retirement, the annuitant elects to have the payments, plus earnings, returned. The 1982 Federal Tax Code declared that any money received during the payout phase is considered earnings first and is taxable.

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