Navigating Required Minimum Distributions
Published Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at: 7:00 AM EDT
When you are halfway through your 70th year on the planet, U.S. law says you must start taking money out of IRAs, SEPs and SIMPLE plans as well as 401(k), 403(b) and other U.S. Government qualified retirement plans. Only a Roth IRA account, which you fund with after-tax dollars, is exempt from federally-required minimum distributions (RMD).
From Uncle Sam's perspective, it's only fair to tax you; you avoided paying tax on money you placed in a non-Roth IRA account, and he wants his cut. From your perspective, it's time to maximize your life savings by paying as little as possible in income tax on your withdrawals.
When RMDs kick in at age 70½, not following the rules can cost you real money. With a bit of strategic financial planning, however, you can turn the rules to your advantage.
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This article was written by a professional financial journalist for Fisher Financial Advisors and is not intended as legal or investment advice.
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