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The Best Planning Strategies for Taking Early and Required Minimum Distributions for IRAs and Qualified Plans (PSMD)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Eastern)

Mike Tucker, Ph.D., LL.M., J.D., CPA

Denise Appleby, APA, CISP, CRPS, CRC

  • Format Webinar
  • Credits 2
  • Level Intermediate
  • Field of Study Taxes (2)

Overview

Both traditional and Roth IRAs play an important role in an individual's retirement planning. Generally limited to a relatively small amount in terms of initial contribution ($5,500 for those under 50 years of age, $6,500 for those 50 years of age or older by the end of the year), IRAs often become the repository for large dollar amounts because of qualified plan rollovers and growth, particularly when they have been regularly funded for many years. IRA owners should be particularly wary of making pre-59 ½ IRA distributions because such distributions, unless they qualify for an exception, are not only treated as ordinary income but also subject to a 10% penalty. IRA owners have several options for taking distributions that qualify for an exception to the 10% penalty for both traditional and Roth IRA distributions. Additionally, by selecting the right designated beneficiary, a traditional IRA's required minimum distributions (RMD) can be minimized in some cases. Of particular note in terms of making tax-efficient distributions from an IRA are the tax advantages associated with naming a spouse as a beneficiary of an IRA.

Major Topics:

  • 10% penalty on early distributions from IRAs and qualified plans
  • Qualified distributions from Roth IRAs
  • The net unrealized appreciation (NUA) option—when it is preferable to keeping money in a qualified plan
  • Exception to the 10% penalty for separation from service after reaching age 55
  • Exception to the 10% penalty for substantially equal periodic payments (SEPPs)
  • How to calculate RMDs for IRAs and qualified plans with and without a designated beneficiary
  • RMD rules
  • Special RMDs for a surviving spouse who is named as the designated beneficiary
  • Using qualified trusts when there are minor or disabled beneficiaries

Learning Objectives

  • Know when the 10% premature distribution penalty applies to early distributions from IRAs and qualified plans and when it doesn't
  • Explain to clients the general RMD requirements
  • Help clients understand how RMDs are calculated for IRAs and qualified plans

Who should take this course:

Any tax practitioner advising clients regarding IRA and qualified plan distributions and beneficiary designations

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