Normally, you must start taking annual required minimum distribution (RMDs) from tax-favored retirement plan accounts and from traditional IRAs set up in your name, once you reach:
- 70½ if you attained age 70½ before 2020,
- or 72 if you attain age 70½ after 2019.
Fortunately, the CARES Act suspends all RMDs that would normally be required for 2020. This suspension also applies to your initial RMD if you turned 70½ last year and didn’t take that initial RMD last year. (The initial RMD is actually for calendar year 2019.) Before the CARES Act, the deadline for taking that initial RMD was April 1, 2020. Now, thanks to the CARES Act, you can put off any and all RMDs that you would have otherwise had to take this year.
For 2021 and beyond, the RMD rules will be applied as if 2020 never happened. In other words, all the RMD deadlines will be pushed back by one year and any deadlines that would have otherwise applied for 2020 will simply be ignored. Contact your tax advisor for more information about RMD relief.