Required Beginning Date of Minimum Required Distribution Rules for Retirement Accounts

What are minimum distribution rules for retirement accounts (IRA or 401k)?

In general, you must begin withdrawing money by April 1 of the year following the year that you turn 70½. In general, your age and account value determine the amount you must withdraw. Note that taxes may be due on distributions from a traditional IRA or 401(k). Do not include balances from a Roth IRA or 401(k). Taxpayers entering retirement with their savings in special retirement accounts should take care to learn some of the required minimum distribution rules for their accounts. The minimum distribution rules force individuals to begin taking distributions from tax-favored retirement plans (including traditional IRAs) by a specified time to prevent indefinite tax deferral.You generally have to start taking withdrawals from your IRA or retirement plan account when you reach age 70½.

 

Required Beginning Date of Minimum Required Distribution Rules for Retirement Accounts

Taxpayers who do not comply with the minimum distribution rules are subject to a 50% penalty.ave to start taking withdrawals from your IRA or retirement plan account when you reach age 70½. Roth IRAs do not require withdrawals until after the death of the owner.

 

Beginning Minimum Distributions from IRA in Retirement

You must take your first required minimum distribution for the year in which you turn age 70½. However, the first payment can be delayed until April 1 of the year following the year in which you turn 70½. For all subsequent years, including the year in which you were paid the first RMD by April 1, you must take the RMD by December 31 of the year. Under the minimum distribution rules, benefits must be distributed or commence being distributed by the required beginning date.

 

When do RMD’s begin?

The required beginning date is normally following the later of the calendar year the employee

  •  reaches age 701/2 o
  • retires (from the employer sponsoring the plan

 

When to take an RMD from an IRA

Distributions from IRAs (including those established in conjunction with a SEP or SIMPLE IRA plan) and distributions from qualified plans to more-than-5% owners must begin no later than April 1 of the year following the calendar year such individual turns age 701/2 (even if not retired). Remember,  minimum distributions must generally continue each year until the funds in the retirement account are exhausted.

 

What Retirement Plans Have Minimum Required Distributions?

After the initial year, minimum required distributions (MRDs) must be made by December 31 of each year. The RMD rules apply to all employer sponsored retirement plans, including profit-sharing plans, 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, and 457(b) plans. The RMD rules also apply to traditional IRAs and IRA-based plans such as SEPs, SARSEPs, and SIMPLE IRAs. An IRA owner must calculate the RMD separately for each IRA that he or she owns, but can withdraw the total amount from one or more of the IRAs.

 

Summary of IRA accounts:

  • Traditional IRAs
  • Rollover IRAs
  • SIMPLE IRAs
  • SEP IRAs
  • Most Keogh accounts
  • Most 401(k) and 403(b) plans

Inherited IRAs have special rules for MRDs and the required distributions are time-sensitive, usually beginning in the year after the year of death of the original owner.

 

For more IRS information on IRAs, including required withdrawals (RMDs)