RMD – AKA Required Minimum Distributions – the Governments’ mandate of distribution from our IRA (Pre-Tax) funds in order to finally occur taxes is upon us…..
In the coming weeks we will begin transferring mandated funds from our IRA/Qualified/Pre-Tax accounts to their directed destinations….
As a reminder this is so the US Government gets to take the taxes due …
IMPORTANT (Neat) Facts –
- RMD $$ mandated amounts are determined by the value of applicable accounts on the last day of the prior year
- Current year age is a necessary factor included in calculating the RMD – see below next, first time exception – each year of seasoning (getting older) we are forced to take more out of the applicable accounts – hey the IRS has never taxed us on these in many cases – it’s their time!
- After tax contributions to a qualified account MUST be accounted for in order to avoid taxes – here are greater details and our taxpayer obligations on this – don’t overpay – the IRS is not tracking this and will not come to the rescue and lower your taxes
- All of an individual’s accounts must be included/totaled/value (certain exceptions are made to those continuing to work) to ascertain the needed distribution
- Any one account can be used to satisfy the needed distribution (you do not have to take a little from each account, making it easier from an organization standpoint) BUT you must take at least the minimum distribution
- Failure to take the mandated distribution amount COULD result in a 100% tax – Break in – our experience has been the IRS is nice about this, but let’s not test them
Here is a neat three part series from a while back that is worth a review!
70.5 is the key starting age
The mandatory commencement date of RMD’s is the year AFTER you turn 70.5 years young, under current tax law…
If you accept this first year deferral, you will incur two RMD’s in the year you commence your first RMD…
Depending on the situation, it may be advisable to distribute your first year RMD a year early so as not to clump your taxable distribution….
Is your DOB between 7-1-48 to 6-30-49?
Then you turn 70.5 in 2019 and you CAN defer your RMD until 2020, however you will have two RMD’s next year — be careful, large distributions could toss you into an extra tax bracket.
Reach out if you have ANY questions, we have plenty of time, BUT the clock is ticking…
Have a great ‘RMD Efficient Distribution” Day!
John A. Kvale CFA, CFP