The report by NU Senior Editor Jim Connolly in this month’s Feature article points out a startling fact: people face a whopping 50% penalty on any undistributed “required minimum distribution” fund from certain qualified plans, such as an IRAs.
That’s 50%–not 5% or 15%.
This is a huge income planning issue and opportunity.
It’s an issue, because people who don’t do their RMDs correctly can end up paying a bundle.
It’s an opportunity because, as Connolly’s article makes clear, financial practitioners and providers can provide clients with an invaluable service by ensuring that their customers do make their RMDs within the required constraints. (See Connolly’s article here.)
A RMD is the minimum annual distribution that the Internal Revenue Service requires people to take out of their qualified plan (such as an IRA) each year after they turn age 70 1/2 .