Required minimum distribution (RMD) FAQ

General required minimum distribution (RMD) questions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires clients to take minimum distributions out of certain IRAs and retirement plans once they reach age 70.5. Some clients who own an inherited IRA may also have to take an RMD.

The RMD rules apply to the following:

  • Traditional IRAs and IRA-based plans such as SEPs, SARSEPs, and SIMPLE IRAs
  • Inherited IRAs and Inherited Roth IRAs   Note: RMD rules do not apply to Roth IRAs while the original owner is alive
  • All employer sponsored retirement plans, including profit-sharing plans, 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, 457(b) plans, and Roth 401(k) accounts
  • If you are age 70.5 or older you have until Dec. 31 to take your RMD distribution each year.
  • However, if you recently turned age 70.5, your initial RMD may be postponed until April 1 of the following year.
    • You have an initial RMD for 2016, which must be withdrawn by April 1, 2017, if your birthday is July 1, 1945 through June 30, 1946
    • You have an initial RMD for 2017, which must be withdrawn by April 1, 2018, if your birthday is July 1, 1946 through June 30, 1947
    • If you wait until April 1 to take your initial RMD distribution, you will have to also take your subsequent distribution by Dec. 31 of the same year
  • Your RMD distribution deadline is provided to you each year on Form 5498, IRA Contribution Information, and on your financial statement

Note: If you are still employed by your 403(b) employer at age 70.5 you can postpone taking your initial RMD from your Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA) or Tax-Sheltered Custodial Account (TSCA) until retirement. However, we will report the RMD information to you on your financial statement.

  • Qualifying distributions that you take during the year from your IRAs or other retirement plans (excluding Roth IRAs) count towards fulfilling your RMD requirement for the year, for the plan that the distribution is taken from.
  • Your Ameriprise financial advisor can help you determine if the withdrawals you have taken during the year have met your RMD requirements for Ameriprise Financial investments.
  • If you need additional assistance, contact the Ameriprise Service Center at 800.862.7919.
  • If you own IRAs or other retirement plans at other financial institutions you will need to contact those institutions directly to verify your RMD information.

Yes, you can take more than the required minimum amount out of your IRA or retirement plan. Your total distribution amount for the year will be reported on Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc., and appropriate tax consequences will apply.

Note: For 403(b) plans, any amount in excess of the RMD would be considered a distribution eligible to be rolled over. These distributions are subject to plan sponsor approval and a 20% minimum federal tax withholding.

If, in any year, you take more than the required minimum distribution for that year, you will not receive credit for the additional amount when determining the minimum required distributions for future years. You cannot treat the amount that is more than the required minimum distribution as part of your required minimum distribution for any later years.

There is no IRS requirement to take an RMD distribution from a Roth IRA while the original owner is living. There are RMD requirements for beneficiaries who own Inherited Roth IRA accounts. Distributions taken from your Roth IRAs do not count towards meeting RMD requirements from other IRA plans.

If you failed to withdraw your RMD, failed to withdraw the full amount of the RMD, or failed to withdraw the RMD by the applicable deadline, contact your financial advisor to ensure that you take the correct amount as soon as possible.

Consult with a qualified tax professional to take any appropriate actions when filing your tax returns.

If you do not withdraw the required amount by the deadline, an IRS penalty (excise tax) of 50% may apply to the required amount that was not withdrawn.

RMD calculations and notifications

Your RMD amount is calculated every year based on your age, the fair market value (FMV) or entire interest value (EIV) of your plan on Dec. 31 of the prior year, and other factors.

If you have RMD requirements for plans held at Ameriprise Financial, the amount for most plan types will be available in the following locations for most plan types:

  • Your RMD amount for the current year is displayed on the Form 5498 for the prior tax year.
    • For example your 2015 Form 5498 contains your RMD amount for 2016.
  • Client notification letters are sent annually to clients who may be required to take an RMD from their plan. 
  • RMD information will appear on every financial statement throughout the year starting with the November 2016 month-end statement.
    • The statement includes information for RiverSource® annuities held inside a brokerage account
    • The information on the financial statement doesn’t take into consideration any IRA or retirement plan assets held outside of Ameriprise, including third party annuities.
  • The RMD amount will not be displayed on Form 5498, the notification letter or on the financial statement for Inherited IRAs, Inherited Roth IRAs, and Tax-Sheltered Custodial Accounts (TSCAs).

Note: Client notification letters will be sent for the last time in 2017 for most plans because the information is now available on financial statements. Notification letters to the plan sponsor will continue to be sent for 401(a) plans.

The amount that appears on the financial statement in the “2016 distribution taken” column is the total of the following distribution types which occurred in your account during the year:

  • Retirement distribution (distribution code 7)
  • Death distribution (distribution code 4)
  • Roth distribution in the 1st five years other than 1998 Roth conversion (distribution code T)
  • Roth distribution over 5 years and death distribution (distribution code Q)

Distributions such as disability, excess contribution removals, recharacterizations, or conversions aren’t included in this amount.

In the RMD section of the financial statement, each IRA plan you own is listed on a separate line. The calculations are done on each plan separately to arrive at the values going across the line for that plan only. There is no calculation that looks at your IRA distributions holistically across all of your plans.

Therefore, if you’ve taken your entire RMD distribution from just one of the plans, the financial statement will still show a remaining amount for 2016 for any other plans that you own at Ameriprise.

Additionally, if you close certain RiverSource® annuity IRA accounts during the year that account and its distribution information will no longer appear on the financial statement or in the RMD window. However, distributions you took from that plan during the year may be counted towards fulfilling your RMD for that IRA plan for the year.

To make sure you take the full required amount you must consider and review the distributions taken from all of your plans, at Ameriprise and elsewhere.

  • Each RiverSource annuity IRA (including RAVA 5) is considered a separate plan. Each annuity has a unique account number so it does not get assigned a Plan ID on our system.
  • Investments like Columbia mutual funds, Ameriprise certificates, and brokerage accounts are combined together in one Custodial plan. A Plan ID is assigned to the entire Custodial plan and will be displayed in the “Plan ID” column.
  • SIMPLE IRA plans will display the SRA group number next to the plan name.

The account or plan you inherited from your spouse, who had an RMD requirement for 2016, will appear in the RMD window on your financial statement.

In subsequent years the inherited account or plan will appear in the RMD section, without an RMD amount. See the following question for more information.

We do not calculate or provide RMD amounts for Inherited IRAs because we do not always know what elections you made as beneficiary of the account(s), your relationship to the deceased, the age of the original account holder when he or she died, or when the estate was settled.

If you own an Inherited IRA, please work with your financial advisor or a qualified tax professional to calculate your RMD amount(s).

We’re sorry that RMD amount calculations are currently not available for TSCA plans. We hope to be able to provide this service for you in the future.

If you own a TSCA, please work with your financial advisor or a qualified tax professional to calculate your RMD amount(s).

If you don’t currently work with a financial advisor or tax professional, contact the Ameriprise Advisor Center at 800.297.2012 for assistance.

Taking my RMD

Some requests may be made over the phone, while others must be made in writing. Your financial advisor or our customer service center can provide you with the forms needed to request your distribution.

To request your RMD, contact your financial advisor or customer service at 800.862.7919.

To ensure your 2016 RMD is processed by the IRS deadline of Dec. 31, 2016, your request must be received in our customer service center by Dec. 15, 2016.

We will process all requests as quickly as possible. However, we cannot guarantee any requests made after Dec. 15 will be completed by Dec. 31.

To request your RMD, contact your financial advisor or customer service at 800.862.7919.

No, we do not automatically distribute your RMD amount. There are factors that you should consider when taking your RMD (for example: tax withholding or which investments or tax lots you want to distribute from). To ensure that your RMD distribution meets your specific situation, we require you to contact us each year to request your distribution.

If you have a systematic distribution arrangement on your account(s) you may be satisfying your RMD requirements with the distributions. However, we do not guarantee that the amount withdrawn through a systematic arrangement is sufficient to meet your RMD requirements.

Ultimately, you are responsible for satisfying your RMD requirements each year. Consult with a qualified tax professional to ensure that you are meeting IRS requirements.

Yes, you can withdraw your entire IRA required distribution amount out of any account within any of your IRA plans (excluding Roth IRA, Inherited IRA and Inherited Roth IRA plans) at any financial institution. You can also withdraw a portion from each IRA account.

For more information see the next question. 

  • Although the RMD amounts are calculated separately for each IRA plan, once calculated, you can distribute the entire required amount from any account in any of your IRA plans (excluding Roth IRA, Inherited IRA, and Inherited Roth IRA plans) at any financial institution.
    • You can also withdraw a portion from each IRA plan
  • Withdrawals from a non-IRA plan, such as 401(a) or 403(b), cannot be used to meet the RMD requirements for your IRA and vice versa.
  • RMDs have to be calculated and distributed separately from each plan for the following plan types:
    • Inherited IRA
    • Roth Inherited IRA
    • 401(a) plans such as profit sharing or money purchase
    • 403(b) plans such as Tax-Sheltered Annuity or Tax-Sheltered Custodial Account

Yes, you can take your RMD from any financial institution as long as you follow the rules for distributing from various plan types.

For more information see the question above Can I combine my RMD amounts from different plans and take the distribution from one of the plans?

If you are still employed by your 403(b) employer at age 70.5 you can postpone taking your initial RMD from your Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA) or Tax-Sheltered Custodial Account (TSCA) until retirement. However, we will continue to report the RMD information to you on your financial statements.

If you are the surviving spouse who is the sole beneficiary of your deceased spouse's IRA, you may elect to be treated as the owner and not as the beneficiary. If you elect to be treated as the owner, you determine the required minimum distribution (if any) as if you were the owner beginning with the year you elect or are deemed to be the owner.

If you become the owner in the year your deceased spouse died, do not determine the required minimum distribution for that year using your life; rather, you must take the deceased owner's required minimum distribution for that year (to the extent it was not already distributed to the owner before his or her death).

Consult with a qualified tax professional to ensure that you are meeting IRS requirements.

Tax withholding and tax reporting

In general, distributions from a traditional IRA are taxable in the year you receive them. You will receive Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc., each year which will report your total distribution amount, taxable amount, and any tax withholding taken. Form 1099-R will not specify that this was an RMD distribution.

Consult a qualified tax professional to understand your individual tax liability.

Your tax advisor can help you determine the amount of withholding applicable for your specific situation. Ameriprise customer service representatives do not offer tax advice, such as your appropriate withholding amount.

Qualified Charitable Distributions

A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is generally a nontaxable distribution made directly by the trustee of your IRA (other than a SEP or SIMPLE IRA) to an organization eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. You must be at least age 70.5 when the distribution was made.

Yes. The qualified charitable distribution (QDC) provisions were made permanent on Dec. 18, 2015 and apply to distributions made after Dec. 31, 2014. President Obama signed SEC. 112. Extension of tax-free distributions from individual retirement plans for charitable purposes which amends prior legislation.

Yes. QCDs count towards your IRA required  minimum distribution.

Yes, we can send your RMD directly to a charitable organization if we receive your request in writing.

To get the necessary paperwork, contact your financial advisor or customer service at 800.862.7919.

A QCD is generally nontaxable, up to a maximum annual exclusion limit.

To determine exclusion limits and tax liability consult with a qualified tax professional or review IRS Publication 590-B, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs)

The Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc., you receive from Ameriprise Financial reporting your distribution will not provide the charitable contribution information you need to file your tax return.

You must have acknowledgment of your contribution from the recipient of the charitable contribution. See Records To Keep in IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions.

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