Required minimum distributions (RMDs) for spouses took a slightly new turn under the SECURE Act of 2019. The Required Beginning Date (RBD) was changed to April 1 of the year after the participant would have reached age 72. The RBD age for the past 44 years was 70-1/2.
If the participant died before his or her RBD...
The SECURE Act of 2019 introduced a new term “Eligible Designated Beneficiary.” The Act established a 10-Year Rule as the maximum payout period for inherited retirement accounts that were inherited from participants dying after 12/31/2019, with a few exceptions. The exceptions apply to Eligible Designated Beneficiaries (EDBs), defined as follows:
The SECURE Act (2019) dramatically altered the retirement rules, including the introduction of a 10-Year Rule. Under this rule, account custodians must distribute the total amount of the retirement account to the inheritor within ten years.
The complexity of each Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) scenario can be mind-boggling. The best approach is to set up each client scenario in a client relationship management (CRM) system such as ProTracker Advantage®.
Once the initial parameters for a client scenario are saved, an RMD Wizard may be used to rapidly compute each client’s RMD for the new year. There is no need to look up longevity factors in a table and type them into a spreadsheet.