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Beneficiary Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) - Eligible Designated Beneficiary

When you are the beneficiary of a retirement plan, specific IRS rules regulate the minimum withdrawals you must take. Use this calculator to determine your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) if the original account owner died before 1/1/2020 or for non-spouse Eligible Designated Beneficiaries (generally this only applies to chronically ill individuals and non-adult children). This calculator has been updated for the 'SECURE Act of 2019'.

Beneficiary Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) - Eligible Designated Beneficiary Definitions

Calculation notes
This calculator follows the SECURE Act of 2019 Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) rules. If you have questions, please consult with your own tax advisor regarding your specific situation. This calculator is only for account owners who died prior to 1/1/2020 and Non-spouse Eligible Designated Beneficiaries which include a child of the account owner (but generally only until they are 18, at that point the 10 year rule begins) or a chronically ill individual. For more information please see Modification of Required Distribution Rules for Designated Beneficiaries.

IMPORTANT! This calculator has been updated for the SECURE Act of 2019. However, while the new law is effective as of January 1st, 2020 the IRS has not released procedures for its implementation. Future IRS published procedures may have an impact on enforcement and interpretation of the Act.

Life expectancy calculations
Life expectancy is usually determined using the Single Life Expectancy table and the beneficiary's age on 12/31 of the year following the owner's death. However, if this is not the first year of distribution for the beneficiary, there is an additional step. First, we find the original life expectancy using the Single Life Expectancy table and the beneficiary's age on 12/31 of the year following the owner's death. Then, the current life expectancy is calculated by subtracting one for each year that has passed, from the original life expectancy. Likewise, in all future years, the remaining life expectancy is calculated by subtracting one for each additional year that has passed. It is not allowed to lookup or 'recalculate' a new starting life expectancy after distributions have begun.

If the account owner was younger than the beneficiary, and it was past the required begin date for distributions when the account owner died, the beneficiary can choose to use the account owner's life expectancy to calculate Required Minimum Distributions (RMD). In this special case, the result will always produce a lower RMD. If this situation occurs, this calculator will use the account owner's age when calculating RMDs. Other than using the account owner's age at death, the calculation is identical to the one stated above.

Beneficiary's name
Please enter the account beneficiary's name.
Name of account
Please enter the name of the account for this analysis.
Beneficiary's birthdate
Enter the beneficiary's birth date. This is used for calculating life expectancy.
Hypothetical Interest rate
This is the expected rate of return on your account. This is only used to help project your future account balances (which of course will impact your required minimum distribution). The actual rate of return is largely dependent on the types of investments you select. The Standard & Poor's 500® (S&P 500®) for the 10 years ending December 31st 2019, had an annual compounded rate of return of 13.2%, including reinvestment of dividends. From January 1, 1970 to December 31st 2019, the average annual compounded rate of return for the S&P 500®, including reinvestment of dividends, was approximately 10.7% (source: www.standardandpoors.com). Since 1970, the highest 12-month return was 61% (June 1982 through June 1983). The lowest 12-month return was -43% (March 2008 to March 2009). Savings accounts at a financial institution may pay as little as 0.25% or less but carry significantly lower risk of loss of principal balances.

It is important to remember that these scenarios are hypothetical and that future rates of return can't be predicted with certainty and that investments that pay higher rates of return are generally subject to higher risk and volatility. The actual rate of return on investments can vary widely over time, especially for long-term investments. This includes the potential loss of principal on your investment. It is not possible to invest directly in an index and the compounded rate of return noted above does not reflect sales charges and other fees that investment funds and/or investment companies may charge.

Amount Subject to RMD
This is the fair market value of your account. For RMD calculations, the amount to use is the balance balance on 12/31 of the previous year. For example, to determine the RMD for 2020 the account balance on 12/31/2019 would be used.
Date of the original account owner's death
Please enter the date of the original account owner's death.
Plan type
Please enter the plan type. The plan type can affect distributions if the account owner is younger than the beneficiary and RMDs have already begun.
Original account owner's birth date
Please enter the original account owner's birth date.