Required Minimum Distributions

Today TaxMama hears from David in Arizona who has a good imagination. “When required minimum distributions for standard IRA accounts begin, can distributions be transferred to Roth-IRA, considering no wage income is available for the year of transfer?”

Dear David,

No.

That’s why they are called REQUIRED minimum distributions. It’s time to transfer those funds to taxable accounts – or to spend them.
http://www.irs.gov/retirement/article/0,,id=96989,00.html

You couldn’t make this kind of a transfer, even if there were wages available. In fact, if you are at an age where Required Minimum Distributions are necessary, you are too old to contribute to any retirement IRAs.

Good try, though.

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