Spotlight on Required Minimum Distributions

If you are age 70½ or older, you may need to begin taking RMDs.

[This article was archived on 1/3/2017.]

Are you age 70½ or older and retired? If so, the IRS requires that you begin taking annual withdrawals from your defined contribution retirement plan (e.g. 401(k), 403(b), 457(b) or 401(a) profit-sharing plan).

RMDThe IRS sets the minimum amount of these withdrawals, called Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs), which are taxed as income in the year in which they are received. Similar RMD rules also apply to Traditional IRAs, including SEP and SIMPLE plans. If you are a beneficiary of a Roth IRA account, you are not required to take distributions.

When to Take RMDs

Your first RMD from a defined contribution plan must be taken by April 1 of the year following the calendar year that you turn 70½ or the calendar year you retire, whichever is later (unless you are a 5% owner of the business sponsoring the plan, in which case your RMDs will begin even if you are still working).

Your first RMD from a Traditional SEP or SIMPLE IRA generally must be taken by April 1 of the year following the calendar year you turn 70½, regardless of whether you are still working. After the first RMD, you must take subsequent RMDs by December 31 of each year, including the year of your first RMD. In other words, for the calendar year after you turn 70½, you may get two RMDs—one on or before April 1, and one on or before December 31. To avoid having both of these amounts included in your income within the same calendar year, you can make your first withdrawal by December 31 of the year you turn 70½ instead of waiting until April 1 of the following year. Keep in mind that you are responsible for taking the correct amount of RMDs from your accounts on time every year. If you fail to do so, the IRS may impose an additional tax equal to 50% of the undistributed RMD.

We're Here to Help

Please call your local Mutual of America Regional Office representative or 1-800-468-3785 today for complete information on RMDs, including your required RMD amount and how to take withdrawals automatically through the Automatic Minimum Distribution Option.


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