Daily Update on Taxes From The Business Tax Advisors at Wouch Maloney in Horsham

Reminder for Retirees to Take Required Minimum Distributions by Dec. 31st

As 2021 comes to a close, we want to remind retirees to take required minimum distributions (RMDs) by December 31, 2021.  Required minimum distributions are minimum amounts that must be withdrawn annually from most retirement plan accounts and IRAs once the account owner turns 72. There are exceptions to the rules. If you are uncertain if you need to take an RMD, we recommend you check with your advisor.

Distribution Rules

The required distribution rules apply to:

  • Owners of traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs)
  • Owners of traditional Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRAs
  • Owners of Savings Incentive Match Plans for Employees (SIMPLE) IRAs
  • Participants in various workplace retirement plans, including 401(k), Roth 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) plans

Roth IRAs do not require distributions while the original owner is alive.

Age Requirements

Please note that prior law required individuals to begin taking RMDs when they reached 70 ½. Individuals who turned 70 ½ on or before June 30, 2019, must take an RMD be December 31, 2021. Individuals who turn 72 in 2021 must take their first RMD by April 1, 2022.

2020 RMDs and CARES Act

An IRA owner or beneficiary who received an RMD in 2020 had the option of returning it to their account or other qualified plan to avoid paying taxes on that distribution. A 2020 RMD that qualified as a coronavirus-related distribution may be repaid over a 3-year period or have the taxes due on the distribution spread over three years. A 2020 withdrawal from an inherited IRA could not be repaid to the inherited IRA but may be spread over three years for income inclusion.


Should you have questions about this topic, or any other topics related to your personal or business situation, please contact us at any time.

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