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You’ve reached age 70 ½ and you know that you must take any required minimum distributions (RMDs) by April 1st of the year following this milestone. Better yet, perhaps you are in your early or mid-sixties, and want to plan ahead to get the maximum benefit of these rules. There are some common mistakes that are made. It may be best to do a detailed review of your situation to make sure all the requirements have been met. Remember that you can always take more than your RMD, but not less. Forgetting to take your RMD when required can result in a 50% penalty of the RMD amount from the IRS.