Required Minimum Distributions
Questions and answers
What is a required minimum distribution?
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires you to start withdrawing money from your before-tax and Roth 403(b) account at the later of age 72 (age 70½ if reached prior to January 1, 2020) or the calendar year you retire from an employer through which you contributed. These withdrawals are called required minimum distributions (RMDs).
Your minimum distribution is a function of your account balance and your life expectancy.
Rolling over your Roth 403(b) to a Roth IRA any time prior to the year in which you turn age 72 will eliminate the need to take an RMD on this portion of your 403(b). If you rollover after age 72, your current year RMD must be taken prior to rollover.
How is my RMD calculated?
Member Benefits will assist you in calculating your RMD. Each year we will notify you of the requirement to withdraw. Here’s how to calculate your RMD:
|Single Life Expectancy Table*|
|Age||Life Expectancy Factor||Age||Life Expectancy Factor|
|*Source: Internal Revenue Service (IRS)|
Traditional IRA and SEP IRA
Like the 403(b), these IRA accounts also require RMDs to start at age 72 (age 70½ if reached prior to January 1, 2020). However, unlike the 403(b), you cannot delay the RMD past age 72, even if you continue to work. The calculation is obtained by taking the prior year-end balance divided by your life expectancy factor. As with the 403(b) RMD, the same tables provided by the IRS are used for its calculation.
What should I do when I need to take my first RMD?
In the year you reach age 72 (age 70½ if reached prior to January 1, 2020), Member Benefits will send you an RMD notice. Please contact Member Benefits to assist you in setting up your RMD schedule. This will establish ongoing instructions to process your RMD. After your initial setup, Member Benefits will send you a notice annually reminding you of the RMD. If you wish to change the initial setup instructions, you will need to complete a new 403(b) or Traditional IRA Required Minimum Distributions Setup Instructions form.
You will face an IRS 50% penalty on any undistributed RMDs.
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Effective July 2022. Policies and programs described are subject to change at any time.