At the end of last year, President Bush signed a law waiving the required minimum distributions (RMDs) for 2009 from IRAs and employer sponsored defined contribution plans such as 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, 457(b) plans and profit sharing plans. Despite the passage of the law before the end of the year, many IRA owners and plan participants ended up receiving their 2009 RMD because IRA custodians and plan administrators did not have enough information on how to comply with the new law.
Although RMDs are not generally eligible to be rolled over, the new law provides individuals (who received their 2009 RMD) with the ability to roll their 2009 RMD over into an IRA or other eligible retirement plan. Rollovers usually need to be accomplished within 60 days. However, many individuals failed to meet this deadline because of the confusion and lack of information surrounding the new law.
Recently, the IRS has issued a notice (IRS Notice 2009-82) providing additional time for individuals who received their 2009 RMD and failed to complete the rollover within the 60-day period. Under the notice, IRA owners, plan participants, and spouse beneficiaries have until November 30, 2009 to complete the rollover.
Keep in mind that this waiver does not apply to RMDs received in 2009 for 2008. In addition, the waiver does not change the one-rollover-per-year rule which only allows an IRA account owner one (non-direct) rollover per year from each IRA account.
For more information about this IRS notice, visit the IRS web site at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-09-82.pdf
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