Required Minimum Distributions

Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) generally are minimum amounts that a retirement plan account owner must withdraw annually starting with the year that he or she reaches 72 (70 ½ if you reach 70 ½ before January 1, 2020), if later, the year in which he or she retires. However, if the retirement plan account is an IRA or the account owner is a 5% owner of the business sponsoring the retirement plan, the RMDs must begin once the account holder is age 72 (70 ½ if you reach 70 ½ before January 1, 2020), regardless of whether he or she is retired.

Retirement plan participants and IRA owners, including owners of SEP IRAs and SIMPLE IRAs, are responsible for taking the correct amount of RMDs on time every year from their accounts, and they face stiff penalties for failure to take RMDs.

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Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)

An individual retirement account or IRA is an investment account that enables individuals to save for retirement. There are two types of IRAs: Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs.

Each calendar year, you can contribute up to a maximum dollar amount. The annual contribution limit for 2019, 2020, and 2021 is $6,000 (or $7,000 if you're age 50 or older).

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