Musings Regarding changes in the tax law on IRA contributions and Distributions on April 15, 2020 (formerly tax day)

Posted by Linda Markowitz
on April 15, 2020

In general, contributions can be made to your IRA for a particular year at any time during the year,  or by the due date for filing your return for that year. Because the due date for filing Federal income tax returns has been postponed to July 15, 2020, the deadline for making contributions to your IRA for 2019 is also extended to July 15, 2020.

Required Minimum Distributions from all qualified retirement accounts (that would include IRA’s, 401(k)’s 403(b)’s spousal rollover ORA’s and Inherited iRA account, etc.) have been suspended for 2020. You will not be required to withdraw the minimum this year. Your accounts can rest and hopefully recoup some of their losses.

Estates and trusts which are the beneficiaries of retirement accounts, will also benefit from this 2020 moratorium. For estates and trusts which make take withdrawals over no more than 5 years, 2020 will not count as one of the five(5)  years.

Similarly under the new SECURE Act, which governs distribution of retirement accounts for decedents who died in 2020, if the beneficiary was required to take withdrawals over no more than 10 years, 2020 will not count as one of the 10 years.

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Announcement regarding Retirement Accounts last revised 4.15.2020.

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