Financial Focus - Client Question: I don’t need my required minimum distribution (RMD). What happens if I don’t cash the check?

November 04, 2019

Unfortunately, a required minimum distribution must be withdrawn by the required deadline, typically December 31st of the calendar year. A Form 1099-R will be prepared, and whether you cash the check or not, the funds will be included in your gross income for the year in which the distribution occurs. If an account owner fails to withdraw a RMD, fails to withdraw the full amount of the RMD, or fails to withdraw the RMD by the applicable deadline, the amount not withdrawn incurs a 50% penalty. In other words, take the distribution and cash the check to avoid negative consequences.

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