By Andy Ives, CFP®, AIF®
I am going to turn 72 in December of 2021. When I take my RMD, what is the dollar amount I use to calculate my RMD? Is it the account value ending December 31, 2020, or December 31, 2021? Thank you for any clarification.
Since you turn 72 in December of this year, 2021 is your very first year for having to take a required minimum distribution (RMD). Your RMD will based on the value of your account as of December 31, 2020. Also, since 2021 is your first RMD, you can delay taking that first RMD until April 1, 2022. However, if you delay, you will be required to take two RMDs in 2022 – the 2021 RMD based on the December 31, 2020 balance, and the 2022 RMD based on the December 31, 2021 balance.
I know that workers over 70 ½ can now contribute to a traditional IRA. Can they contribute to a SIMPLE IRA? Thanks!
Yes, workers over age 70 ½ can contribute to a SIMPLE plan. Be aware that, while you can contribute to a SIMPLE plan over the age of 70 ½, if you are subject to RMDs, those dollars will also have to be withdrawn. That may create somewhat of a “revolving door” of contributions and required minimum distributions.