Demystifying Required Minimum Distributions

Tax preferenced retirement accounts, such as IRAs and employer sponsored 401(k)s, are extremely popular among Americans for many reasons such as tax benefits, creditor protections and access to financial markets. In fact, the tax benefits alone make these types of accounts one of the few gifts provided to us by the Federal tax code. Unfortunately, most of these accounts are also subject to Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) rules which require savers to transition from adding to their accounts to distributing from them once the saver turns 70.5 years old. These rules can be a bit complex for many retirees, but are incredibly important to understand and follow as the penalty for not fully adhering to the rules is steep; 50% of the amount not distributed.

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