Change in Required Minimum Distribution Rules for IRA’s

On December 23, 2008, President Bush signed a bill entitled “The Worker, Retiree and Employer Act of 2008”. One of the provisions of the bill is a one-year moratorium on required minimum distributions (or “RMDs”) from IRA’s for 2009.

What this means to IRA account holders:

  1.  IRA holders who reach the age of 70 ½ or older in 2009 will not be subject to required minimum distributions for tax year 2009
  2.  Holders of inherited IRAs will also not be required to take a minimum distribution for 2009.
  3.  For IRA beneficiaries who have chosen to use the five-year rule after the death of the original IRA holder, 2009 is disregarded in determining the five-year period.
  4.  IRA holders who reached age 70 ½ in 2008 and chose to defer their first RMD until April 1, 2009, are still required to take their 2008 required minimum distribution.

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