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What to Know About Required Minimum Distributions

| March 14, 2023

Your 70s represent a time to enjoy the fruits of your labor, but there’s still work to do. When you turn 73, you’ll need to start taking one of the more complex and time-consuming aspects of managing your retirement income: required minimum distributions (RMDs). 

Let's start with the basics:

What are required minimum distributions?
A required minimum distribution is the minimum amount you must withdraw from your tax-advantaged retirement account(s) each year, including IRAs (traditional, SEP, and SIMPLE), 401(k)s, and 403(b)s when you reach age 73. You aren’t required to take RMDs from Roth IRAs during your lifetime.

When do you have to begin withdrawing money?
IRS regulations require you to begin withdrawing a minimum amount of money from your retirement account(s) each year by April 1 of the calendar year following the year you turn age 73. After that, RMDs must be taken each subsequent calendar year by December 31.

Why is this information important to you? 
Calculating the correct RMD amount(s) across one or multiple retirement accounts is complicated. If you miscalculate or fail to take RMDs from one or more qualified plans, you can be vulnerable to hefty tax penalties. 

Remember: You have help available to calculate the correct annual RMD amount across your retirement accounts. If you’re interested in learning more about strategies to minimize the burden of managing RMDs, contact the office today to schedule an appointment.

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