Critical Facts: SECURE Act’s RMD Rule Not What You Thought

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We’ve got some news for you. There have been some recent developments in provisions of the SECURE Act. Find out what we think about the news and how it could impact planning.


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On this episode of Your Retirement Elevated podcast with Scott Dougan, we’re talking about some recent developments to the SECURE Act and what it might mean for you.

The SECURE Act started Jan. 1, 2020, and was a revision of some of the IRS rules of how to handle IRAs. There were some great provisions to help Americans save, but they also took away some of the strategies people use to minimize taxes.

In the new 2021 version, the IRS talks about post-death distributions to IRA beneficiaries. The big change is they eliminated the stretch IRA for most non-spouse beneficiaries.

Now you’ll have to start taking required minimum distributions after the death of the owner. Every year you have to calculate the value and figure out how much to take out to satisfy the required minimum distribution. By year 10 you have to empty it out.

This becomes an accounting and record keeping issue for a lot of people. If you fail to take out the right amount, there’s a penalty, and it’s a 50% penalty of the amount you’re required to take out. So, if you’re supposed to take out $10,000 and you don’t, you’ll be penalized $5,000.

So, how could this affect you? I would tell you to take a deep breath. The IRS has not introduced official regulations yet. This could all change depending on how the IRS receives the feedback. I would say hold tight. Don’t get worried or concerned.

Listen to the full episode or use the timestamps below to find specific segments.

[2:42] What is the SECURE Act?

[6:34] – Withdrawing funds from retirement accounts

[11:20] – Not the first big change

[13:36] – Repercussions

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