I read this in the NY Times Q&A summary of the recently passed rescue bill. The reasoning is that folks ought not have to sell their deflated stocks in order to take out the 2020 RMD. This might be something to inform clients about.... Also the 10% penalty for withdrawing from a 401K or IRA before age 59 1/2 may be waived. That was common during the 2008 financial crisis, but the penalty was not waived then.
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I have seen absolutely nothing about what relief might apply, however, to those who have already taken their RMD. There would need to be a waiver of the no RMD Rollover rules and a relaxation of the 60 day rule even if they decided to allow rollovers.
What a mess.
The waiver for the early withdrawal penalty states that it's due to Corona Virus (on Form 5239 I assume). In the 2008 recession, my unemployed clients withdrew from their IRAs to live on, but the penalty was not waived. The waiver of the penalty makes sense.
Not only is the RMD waived, you can elect to pay the federal income tax on the distribution over 3 years (similar to the carryover rule in 2010-11-12) or have the option to repay the distribution within a 3-year period to an eligible retirement plan (basically, a 3-year rollover window).
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