Retirement Tips for Mom and Dad (#1 What are RMDs?)

By Kindur | November 20, 2019

We know talking with a parent about money is hard. That’s why at Kindur we’re here to help you start the conversation that will help Mom and Dad #retirefearlessly.

So how complicated can retirement actually be? Well in a post-pension world it’s actually quite complicated. In fact, 50% of retirees are afraid of running out of money in retirement: a maze of new rules to follow, 300 page books (on social security alone) to read, and a series of high consequence decisions that can’t be reversed.

Ready for Modern Retirement 101? We’re going to cover topics like RMDs, State Taxes, Medicare, Social Security and Account Sequencing.

First, let’s tackle RMDs. You’re probably putting savings into your retirement accounts, but Mom and Dad are (or will be) taking money out!  And Uncle Sam actually requires them to start taking money out of their retirement accounts starting at age 70 ½. These are called ‘required minimum distributions’, aka RMDs.  

What’s so complicated about RMDs?

  • You have to take RMDs out of some but not all retirement accounts. IRA, 401ks, Roth 401Ks, Yes. Roth IRAs, No
  • Mom and Dad’s retirement accounts may have different RMDs! RMDs are based on your age and if you aren’t using SmartDraw you need to check out these lovely tables on the IRS website!  (yes, this table is exactly why we built SmartDraw)
  • RMDs are found on a number of different forms, depending on who Mom and Dad’s broker is. Their year-end account statement, an RMD letter due from their broker by January 31 or IRS Form 5498 (sent at the end of May).
  • Forget to take an RMD? The IRS imposes a 50% penalty on the unpaid amount. For a 75 year old with a $200,000 IRA, that penalty could be as much as $4,366!

Is your head spinning? Don’t worry, we’ve got you (and your parents) covered. SmartDraw calculates RMDs on a monthly and annual basis ensuring that Mom and Dad have 1 place to track their RMDs. And our Kindur Financial Planners can get on the phone and dive deep with your parents.

Next up: Mom and Dad thinking about moving to Florida? We’ll tackle State Income Taxes.

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