Secure Act, Part 1 – RMD Age

March 10, 2020
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At the end of 2019, the Secure Act was passed, and with it came many new rules to navigate in regards to retirement accounts, like IRAs. Over the next 4 weeks, I am going to unpack 4 areas that I think are most important to pay attention to.

First up, is the change to the required minimum distribution (RMD) age.  The RMD is the minimum amount that the IRS requires individuals to take from their retirement accounts each year. They do this because these distributions are taxable so they are able to finally collect revenue on deferred income. Prior to the Secure Act passing, the age when RMDs started was 70 ½ (specifically, by April 1st of the year following turning 70 ½). For retirees who are not dependent on the income, this is an added tax relief since they will be able to defer distributions potentially an extra 2 years. In addition, the math becomes simpler since you don’t have to figure out when your half birthday is!

If you turned 70 ½ in 2019 or before, you continue RMDs under the old rule. For anyone who did not, the age to start will now be 72.

One additional benefit is that qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) remain at age 70 ½ despite the RMD being pushed back, creating a unique tax planning opportunity. More on that next week!


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