Understanding Required Minimum Distributions Following the Secure Act 2.0

The landscape of financial planning for retirement underwent a significant change with the Secure Act 2.0. Among these reforms, alterations to the Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) notably changed the plans for many retired individuals. To gain maximum benefits from such legislative shifts, understanding the structure and intricate details of RMDs in the context of the Secure Act 2.0 becomes essential.


Understanding Secure Act 2.0 and its Implications on RMDs:


The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act 2.0 makes several pivotal modifications to retirement legislation, including changes to the RMD rules. The overarching aim was to reflect longer contemporary lifespans and allow more time for retirement savings to grow. Secure Act 2.0 increased the starting age for RMDs to 73. If you reach age 73 in 2023, you were 72 in 2022 and subject to the age 72 RMD rule in effect for 2022. If you reach age 72 in 2022,

  • Your first RMD is due by April 1, 2023, based on your account balance on December 31, 2021, and
  • Your second RMD is due by December 31, 2023, based on your account balance on December 31, 2022.

The act also includes provisions to limit the tax implications associated with RMDs by reducing the excise tax for failure to withdraw the RMD from 50% to 25%, possibly 10% if the RMD is timely corrected within two years. The account owner should file Form 5329, Additional Taxes on Qualified Plans (Including IRAs) and Other Tax-Favored Accounts, with their federal tax return for the year in which the full amount of the RMD was required, but not taken.

(Source: IRS.gov)


Impact for savers:


The SECURE Act 2.0 offers several advantages for savers. Firstly, it provides more time – potentially three to four years – for retirement savings to continue to grow tax-deferred, providing a more robust balance when the withdrawals begin. The act also allows retirees more significant decision-making ability in wealth management, where they can strategize their distributions to minimize annual taxation based on the changing tax scenario.


In summary, the Secure Act 2.0 significantly impacts how and when retirees will need to approach their RMDs. While the basic framework remains the same, the modifications it introduces call for retirees and those close to retirement to reassess their retirement strategies to leverage the benefits offered. An understanding of these changes and planning with a YTS Wealth Manager could optimize retirement income and tax efficiency while ensuring compliance with the new rules.


This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax advisor.

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