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IRS Regulations and QCDs: Today's Slott Report Mailbag

By Sarah Brenner, JD
Director of Retirement Education
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Question:

When will the IRS release final regulations for RMDs on beneficiary IRAs?

Kim


Answer:

Hi Kim,

That is a great question. We have been fielding many inquiries about when the final RMD regulations will be released by the IRS. The proposed regulations were released back in February, and a hearing was held in Washington a few months later as required by law. We are still waiting for final regulations, and no one really can say for sure when they will arrive. At the Slott Report, we carefully monitor any news coming out of the IRS, and we will keep you up to date on any developments with final regulations.


Question:

Will RMD distributions paid to charitable organizations as a QCD be counted in income calculations for purposes of IRMAA? RMD distributions that are not QCDs are counted.

Thanks,

Bill


Answer:

Hi Bill,

One of the big benefits of doing a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is that the funds that go to charity are not included in adjusted gross income for purposes of calculating IRMAA surcharges for Medicare. You are correct that RMDs that are paid to the individual would be included. This can be avoided by using a QCD to take your RMD.


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