Required Minimum Distributions Basics With RMD Calculator For 2024

Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

What are RMDs?

Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) are the minimum amounts you must withdraw annually from your retirement accounts, such as IRAs and 401(k)s, starting at age 73. The IRS mandates these withdrawals to ensure that retirement savings are eventually taxed.

Required Minimum Distributions – RMD Calculator

To calculate your required minimum distributions for 2024, utilize this RMD calculator. Input your age and the end-of-year account balance. The calculator then provides accurate distribution figures tailored to your specifics, streamlining your process.

Calculating Your RMD

  1. Account Balance: Determine the balance of your retirement account as of December 31 of the previous year.
  2. Age: Identify your age on your birthday of the current year.
  3. RMD Table: Use the IRS Uniform Lifetime Table to find your distribution period, which is based on your age.

For example, if you are 75 years old and your account balance is $500,000, the table provides a distribution period of 22.9 years. Your RMD for the year would be approximately $21,834 ($500,000 ÷ 22.9).

RMD Table (2024)

Also known as the required minimum distribution table, this chart provides the distribution periods associated with various ages. The IRS typically crafts these tables, which can be found in their publications. Notably, the period number tends to decrease as one gets older, indicating a larger percentage of the account must be withdrawn annually.

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Life Expectancy Table
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Taxes and Penalties

Tax Implications

Withdrawals from traditional retirement accounts are taxed as ordinary income. Failing to take your RMD can result in a 25% excise tax on the amount not withdrawn.

Penalties for Missing RMDs

The IRS imposes a hefty penalty for not taking the full RMD amount: a 25% excise tax on the amount that should have been withdrawn but wasn’t. Therefore, timely and accurate RMD calculations are crucial.

Managing RMDs with Annuities

Annuities can be an effective tool to manage your RMDs. By purchasing an annuity within your retirement account, you can receive regular payments, simplifying the withdrawal process and ensuring compliance with IRS rules.

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How We Can Help

At The Annuity Expert, we understand that managing RMDs can be daunting. Your primary goal is to maximize your retirement income while minimizing taxes and penalties. The core problem we solve is ensuring you take the right withdrawals at the right time so you can enjoy a stress-free retirement.

Understanding Your Concerns

We know the emotional stress that comes with navigating RMD rules and the fear of hefty penalties. Our 15 years of experience as an insurance agency, annuity broker, and retirement planner equips us with the expertise to guide you through these challenges. We are committed to finding the best solutions at the lowest costs, helping you retain more of your hard-earned money.

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What We Recommend

Step 1: Personalized Consultation

  • First Step: Schedule a free consultation with our experts.
  • What Happens: We review your retirement accounts and current financial situation.
  • Main Benefit: You gain clarity on your RMD obligations and personalized strategies to meet them.

Step 2: Tailored RMD Strategy

  • Next Step: We develop a tailored RMD strategy for you.
  • What Happens: We calculate your RMDs, explore annuity options, and create a withdrawal plan that minimizes taxes.
  • Main Benefit: You receive a comprehensive plan that maximizes your retirement income and ensures compliance with IRS rules.

Step 3: Ongoing Support and Adjustment

  • Final Step: We provide ongoing support and adjust your plan as needed.
  • What Happens: We monitor your accounts, update your strategy annually, and ensure you never miss an RMD.
  • Main Benefit: You enjoy peace of mind knowing your RMDs are managed effectively, allowing you to focus on enjoying your retirement.

Features and Benefits

  • Personalized Advice: Tailored strategies based on your unique financial situation.
  • Expert Calculations: Accurate RMD calculations to avoid penalties.
  • Annuity Solutions: Options to simplify your withdrawals and provide steady income.
  • Tax Efficiency: Strategies to minimize your tax burden.
  • Ongoing Support: Continuous monitoring and adjustments to your plan.

Addressing Common Objections

  • Concern: Fear of high fees.
  • Response: Our services aim to save you more in taxes and penalties than the cost of our fees, providing overall financial benefits.
  • Concern: Complexity of annuities.
  • Response: We simplify the process and clearly explain each step and its benefits.

Neglecting to manage your RMDs can lead to significant penalties and a reduced retirement income. By working with The Annuity Expert, you can avoid these pitfalls and secure a stable, prosperous retirement.

Imagine the peace of mind you’ll feel knowing your retirement funds are optimized and compliant with IRS regulations. You’ll be able to focus on enjoying your retirement years without the stress of financial uncertainty.

Contact us today for free advice or a free quote, and take the first step toward a secure and fulfilling retirement.

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Questions From Our Readers

Are annuities subject to RMD?

Yes, most annuities require Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) once you reach a certain age, typically starting at age 73. Failure to take RMDs can result in tax penalties. Confirm specific rules with your annuity provider.

Do RMDs increase with age?

Yes, the amount of your required minimum distribution increases as you age. The IRS wants to ensure you do not defer taxes on your retirement savings for too long.

What is the RMD Excise Tax for 2024

If you fail to take your RMD, you will be subject to a penalty equal to 25% of the amount you should have withdrawn.

What is the IRS life expectancy table?

The IRS life expectancy table, based on your age and retirement account balance, is used to calculate your RMD.

What are the tax implications of taking an RMD?

The amount of your required minimum distribution is considered taxable income. This means you will owe taxes on the money you withdraw from your retirement account. The tax rate that you will owe depends on your marginal tax bracket. For example, if you are in the 25% tax bracket, you will owe 25% in taxes on the money you withdraw.

How is RMD calculated?

Required Minimum Distribution is calculated by dividing the retirement account balance as of the end of the previous year by a distribution period from the IRS’s Uniform Lifetime Table.

Is it possible to take all required minimum distributions (RMDs) from one account?

Yes, it is possible to take all required minimum distributions (RMDs) from one account, but only if the accounts are of the same type, such as IRAs or 403(b)s. Each 401(k) or similar plan requires separate RMDs.

I’m 73 and need to start taking money from your IRA; how much tax will I have to pay?

The amount withdrawn as your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA will be subject to federal and potentially state income taxes. The exact tax rate depends on your total income for the year and your tax bracket. RMD amounts are treated as ordinary income, so they are taxed at your marginal income tax rate.

Can I take my RMD and reinvest it into something else? Another annuity, perhaps? What is the best option for this to avoid taxes on the income 

You can take your RMDs and use them in other investments.  The RMDs are taxed, so once you receive the funds, you’re free to use them as you wish.
Another annuity is an option, and we recommend an annuity that gives you a bonus on those funds (which will help offset the taxes) and then grows tax-deferred.
Another option would be to use the RMD funds to fund a whole life or Indexed Universal Life policy, which will grow tax-deferred and also provide a tax-free death benefit to your beneficiaries.

Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Shawn Plummer is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, insurance agent, and annuity broker with over 14 years of first-hand experience with annuities and insurance. Since beginning his journey in 2009, he has been pivotal in selling and educating about annuities and insurance products. Still, he has also played an instrumental role in training financial advisors for a prestigious Fortune Global 500 insurance company, Allianz. His insights and expertise have made him a sought-after voice in the industry, leading to features in renowned publications such as Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Shawn’s driving ambition? To simplify retirement planning, he ensures his clients understand their choices and secure the best insurance coverage at unbeatable rates.

The Annuity Expert is an independent online insurance agency servicing consumers across the United States. The goal is to help you take the guesswork out of retirement planning and find the best insurance coverage at the cheapest rates

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