Required minimum distribution (RMD) rules are pretty strict. If you don’t want to face a hefty fine, you must withdraw a certain amount of money every year from tax-deferred retirement plans like 401(k)s and traditional IRAs after you reach age 70½. The withdrawals you make are then taxed as ordinary income. Not following these rules can lead to a penalty equal to 50% of the amount that should have been withdrawn, plus regular tax.
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