10 Things to Know About the Still-Working Exception

By Sarah Brenner, JD
IRA Analyst with Ed Slott

Still-Working Exception

Are you approaching retirement age and not looking forward to being forced to take unwanted required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your retirement account? You may be looking for a way to delay those distributions. You may have heard about the still-working exception, which can allow RMDs to be put off. Will this exception help you? Here are 10 things you need to know.

1.  The still-working exception does not apply to IRAs. It only applies to company plans. If you are still working, that can’t help you delay RMDs from your IRA.

2.  The exception will only apply to the plan of the company for which you are still working. If you have other funds in other company plans it won’t help you with those.

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Avoiding the 50% RMD Penalty

Ask these 10 questions to avoid the 50% RMD penalty

questions to avoid the RMD penalty•  Do I have an accurate inventory of all my retirement accounts? – This may seem rather simple, but it’s absolutely crucial to maintain a record of all your retirement accounts. And that may be easier said than done. According to a 2012 Department of Labor study, Baby Boomers born between 1957 and 1964 held, on average, a staggering 11.3 jobs between the ages of 18 and 46. So it’s entirely possible you have more than one 401(k) or similar plan. Oftentimes, when people leave an old employer, they forget about their plan money, especially if it was only a small amount.

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Calculating Your RMD in 5 Easy Steps

Calculating Your RMDWhat is an RMD?
(required minimum distribution)

Here are 5 steps to calculating your RMD. This is the minimum amount that must be withdrawn from a retirement account each year.

When are you subject to RMDs?

Traditional IRA owners are subject to RMDs beginning in the year in which they turn 70½. Beneficiaries of IRAs and/or Roth IRAs are subject to RMDs beginning in the year after the year of the IRA (or Roth IRA) account owner’s death.

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Fixing a Missed RMD in 5 Easy Steps

Required Minimum DistributionWhen should you look for a missed RMD (required minimum distribution)?

RMDs must be taken by IRA owners beginning in the year they turn age 70 ½ and by IRA and non-spouse Roth beneficiaries beginning in the year after the death of the account owner. RMDs not taken are subject to a penalty of 50% of the amount not taken each year.

When should you looked for a missed RMD?

You should look for a missed RMD every year after an account owner turns age 70 ½ and when an IRA or non-spouse Roth beneficiary inherits an IRA. Ask your advisor to double check any calculations to be sure they are correct.

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3 Required Minimum Distribution Mistakes

Required Minimum DistributionIt’s that time of year if you are an IRA owner age 70 ½ or older. You must take your required minimum distribution (RMD) before the end of the year. Not taking your RMD or the correct amount can result in crippling penalties, which is why we cover this topic in great detail at The Slott Report.

Here are three RMD mistakes you must avoid. Remember, it’s not too late to take your RMD, just make sure you do it correctly with the assistance of a competent, educated financial advisor like those who train in this specialized area.

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